The Red Dot Trail is an excellent trail with easy to moderate terrain. From the trailhead you will essentially follow a trail with red dots on the trees. Immediately you will cross a small bridge bringing you into an attractive open forest. As you climb up along an Adirondack esker the trail leads left as an unmarked trail heads up and along the esker. This esker trail is a very nice option as it leads to a lean-to and back to the Red Dot Trail after about 0.25 miles.
Trailhead Location: From the intersection of Route 86 and Route 3 in Saranac Lake, follow Route 86 toward Paul Smiths. Continue through Gabriels and begin looking for White Pine Road on the right. Take White Pine Road for about 0.5 miles to the boat launch for Osgood Pond on the left. The trail leaves from the boat launch.
The Red Dot Trail continues to pass through the forest on a nice scenic walk through the woods. Be sure to watch for the side trails that can end up being a bit confusing. Always look for the red dots on the trees to follow the correct course.
2.5 miles, loop, plus multiple side trails, Elevation: Minimal
All hiker levels, great for kids - 1 to 1.5 hours