Moose Pond

At Route 3 snowshoe down the old farm road and cross the steel grated bridge over the Saranac River. This trail is an old woods road and at no point varies much in elevation. It starts out by circumnavigating a small hill that is seen behind the trail register. The trail then comes back around and stays south of a much larger unnamed mountain. The snowshoe is through open landscape with fascinating walls of white at the snow coats the trees.

Just shy of the pond you will come to a fork in the trail. Left goes over to the state boat launch site off Moose Pond Road (this fork is not maintained and very difficult to locate in areas). The right drops a little in elevation but quickly regains a moderate to flat gradient as it approaches and reaches the Shore of Moose Pond. At the small rock outcropping, the views out over the pond are fantastic. The McKenzie Mountain Wilderness stands high above the opposite side of the pond.


1549 feet


~10 Feet

Distance Round Trip:

3.0 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids:            3 to 3.5 hours

Experienced Snowshoers:            2 to 3 hours

Out of Shape Snowshoers: 3 to 3.5 hours

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Routes 3 and 86 in Saranac Lake follow Route 3 north toward Bloomingdale. Go around 4.25 miles and look for a small dirt road that passes closely by a farm house and an electric fence. There is no trail sign at Route 3. Parking in winter is along Route 3.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

One: This is a very mellow hike along a mainly flat surface; this is a great introduction to snowshoeing destination for the entire family.