Winter Overview and Trail Conditions:
From the trailhead parking cross Keese Mill Road and locate the trailhead on the opposite side (just slightly back up the road). Heading in a clockwise direction around the ponds you will start out on a flat tail. Quickly you will come to a lean-to on the western shore of Black Pond before soon coming to a narrow trail on a steep side slope.
Once you pass Black Pond you will come to an intersection at the south end of Long Pond which is also an attractive back-country water body. Crossing the outlet you will start the back portion of the loop and come to an attractive bridge over the outlet between the two Black Pond’s, a lean-to rests on the smaller of the two with a trail that leads back to the Paul Smiths VIC.
You will climb steeply away from the lean-to and stay high above the ponds before you descend back down to Keese Mill Road. You will come out slightly further up the road than where you went in; just follow the roads edge back to the parking area. Don’t forget to sign out as you pass by.
~60’ to the highest point along the trail
Distance Round Trip:
2.3 miles, loop
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: 2 to 2.5 hours
Experienced Snowshoers: 1.5 to 2 hours
Out of Shape Snowshoers: 2 to 2.5 hours
From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 3 in Tupper Lake follow Route 3/30 toward Saranac Lake. Once Route 3 and Route 30 split take a left and follow Route 30 toward Fish Creeks. Stay on Route 30 and pass through Lake Clear and into Paul Smiths. Take the first left after Paul Smiths College onto Keese Mill Road. Follow Keese Mill Road for just under 3-miles to the trailhead parking on the left. Trail is opposite side of the road.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
One to two: This is an easy trail, but can be icy at times.