This abandoned railroad right-of-way means easy access to a scenic bog full of birds, conifers and unique plants, all backed with distant views of surrounding mountains. The open boglands give way to extensive pine forests at the northern portion of the route, which ends at Buck Pond Campground.
There and back it is a full day, but there are pickup points with these roads, heading north: County Highway 55/Bloomingdale Gabriels Road, Bigelow Road, Merrill Road, and Oregon Plains Road. Or just turn back when everyone agrees on a halfway point.
Length: 10.5 miles, one way.
Trailhead: Route 86, Saranac Lake, west of Bloomingdale. At 1.7 miles north of Adirondack Medical Center, turn right and park at gate.
This is a great dog hike!
Terrain: Sand, dirt, gravel surface, some roots. Walk it when things get tough, it will change.
This diverse trail moves wetlands to forest with a large variety of birds.
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Bloomingdale Bog is a special backcountry option. As a former railroad access road, it is smooth, straight, and level as trails go. Even in winter, it teems with birds and wildlife, and the variety of terrain makes for a delightful ski.
The two entrances are:
The Bloomingdale Entrance follows Route 192 north from the four way stop in Bloomingdale, the village. At almost 2.0 miles look for parking on either side of the road.
The Route 86 Entrance can be reached through the intersection of Routes 3 and 86 in Saranac Lake. Follow Route 86 toward Paul Smiths, and after around 3.5 miles there is a dirt road on the right with a parking area.
3.8 miles, one way.