Bloomingdale Bog Trail
Bloomingdale Bog has two entrances from which you can start: the Bloomingdale side and the Saranac Lake side. With two vehicles, a through hike is possible.
There is very little elevation change on this hike, making it ideal for the entire family. Bloomingdale Bog is one of the largest bogs in the Adirondacks and it's home to many species of wild birds, not to mention the possibility of a moose.
Go north from the four corners in Bloomingdale and immediately bear left to get on County Route 55 . After almost 2.0 miles you will see parking for an old railroad grade trail on both sides of the road. This is a popular trail for running, mountain biking, skiing and walking the dog. Follow the grade on the south side of the road.
Route 86 Entrance
From the stoplight at the intersection of Bloomingdale Ave. and Route 86 at the west side of the village of Saranac Lake, follow Route 86 toward Paul Smiths. After 2.3 miles there is a dirt road on the right after cresting a hill and just before the highway crosses a wetland. Parking is a few yards in from the highway on the left. The run through is just under 4 miles.
Description (from the Bloomingdale Entrance):
From the trailhead parking, begin following the flat, straight grade of an old railroad. The railroad ties have been removed for the convenience of runners, hikers, skiers and mountain bikers.
The hike starts through a wooded area but soon reaches the first signs of a bog at 0.75 miles. In another 0.1 mile you will cross Twobridge Brook. Continuing on, you will see several different areas of the bog, and since it's one of the biggest bogs in the Adirondacks there is plenty to see. Be sure to be on the lookout for gray jays in the area — they like to steal the food right out of your hand. They like to be fed by hand as well.
You have the option to turn around at any time or continue on to Route 86, north of Saranac Lake. This trail, while very uneventful during most seasons, is a wonderful destination for a fall visit. The colors are stupendous and the entire area is a photographer's dream.
Distance: 3.8 miles from end to end
Winter: This makes for an excellent snowshoe and ski trail. Even in winter the gray jays hang around for handouts from passersby. With little elevation change, this is an excellent spot for an introduction to cross-country skiing destination.