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Scott and Wallface ponds

  • 1002 Adirondack Loj Rd
    Lake Placid

Facilities

Wooded Sites, Waterfront Sites, Tent Sites, Lean-tos

Hike Features

Ponds / Lakes

Hiking

Route Description

From the large parking area, walk back to the booth and cross the road to access the trail to Indian Pass. The well-used trail crosses several boardwalks and climbs moderately over rolling hills. With the High Peaks on both sides of you, you are definitely in a deep pass.

The path eventually passes Scott Lean-to and enters Scott Clearing, where there are fantastic views of Indian Pass and the massive cliffs of Wallface.

From Scott Clearing cross Indian Pass Brook. From here the climb is much more aggressive, and it becomes steep at times. In roughly 1.5 miles you will come to the old dam at the site of Scott Pond, which is more of a brook running through a grassy field. It's very scenic here, with Lost Pond Peak rising high above.

Continuing on, the trail reaches Wallface Pond in another 1.3 miles or so. The climb continues and is less steep, but it can be a bit wet. The views across the pond are fantastic, especially with MacNaughton rising high above.

Trailhead

From the intersection of state Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid ,follow Route 73 toward Keene. Turn right on Adirondack Loj Road and follow it the end, where there are several large parking lots.

Round-trip Distance

13 miles

Elevation Gain 

950 feet 

Elevation

3,140 feet

Estimated Round Trip Times

Family with kids: not recommended

Experienced hiker: 6 to 7 hours

Inexperienced hiker: 7 to 8 hours

Camping

There's a lean-to in Scott Clearing and a tent site on the shore of Wallface Pond.

Snowshoeing

From the large parking area, walk back to the booth and cross the road to access the trail to Indian Pass. The well-used trail crosses several boardwalks and climbs moderately over rolling hills. With the High Peaks on both sides of you, you are definitely in a deep pass.

The path eventually passes Scott Lean-to and enters Scott Clearing, where there are fantastic views of IndianPass and the massive cliffs of Wallface.

From Scott Clearing cross Indian Pass Brook. From here the climb is much more aggressive, and it becomes steep at times. In roughly 1.5 miles you will come to the old dam at the site of Scott Pond, which is more of a brook running through a grassy field. It's very scenic here, with Lost Pond Peak rising high above.

Continuing on, the trail reaches Wallface Pond in another 1.3 miles or so. The climb continues and is less steep, but it can be a bit wet. The views across the pond are fantastic, especially with MacNaughton rising high above.

Trailhead: From the intersection of state Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid ,follow Route 73 toward Keene. Turn right on Adirondack Loj Road and follow it the end, where there are several large parking lots.

Round-trip Distance

13 miles

Elevation Gain

950 feet

Elevation

3,140 feet

Estimated Round Trip Times

Family with kids: not recommended

Experienced snowshoer: 6 to 7 hours

Inexperienced snowshoer: 7 to 8 hours

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