Lake Flower Loop

Follow the railroad tracks a few feet to the right and you will see a small, narrow trail that enters the woods of tall pines. This is a very short loop with nice views and maybe you have an hour or so to kill and just want to get out and walk around.

This trail starts out relatively flat and after 0.2 miles you will pass by a trail on the right - ignore this, you will come out here. Continue for another 0.2 miles to a second trail that comes in on the right follow this one. If you continue straight you will come out closer to Oseetah Lake, but at a dead end with water up to your eyeballs.

This makes for an excellent snowshoe and ski trail. But its lack of use for snowshoers makes the trail a bit harder to hike with no broken path. Skiing is great under good conditions.

Right will bring you through a narrow section of trail that slowly and ever so slightly descends. It gets a bit muddy through here as it approaches the southern end of Lake Flower – OR – the northern end of Oseetah Lake – it’s kind of in limbo as a set of narrows between the two lakes. As you hike by the water, the trail continues to have very wet areas. Just before and along the lake is where the mud is, and it is limited to just this area.

Take in the views as they expand out over the water. Begin here to look for the yellow blazes of the state property line. Once you find this, follow it as it begins to climb. As you approach the shoulder of an unnamed little mountain the property line will head left and the trail will head right up to an old gate. Pass by the gate and continue to climb over the top of the unnamed mountain. At this point you will be at over 1,600 feet in elevation.

Past the height of land the trail descends to yet another intersection. Follow right; left leads to private property. You will quickly be back to the trail you came in on - less than 0.2 miles from the parking spot.

Trailhead: From the main intersection of Routes 3 and 86 in the Town of Saranac Lake, follow Route 86 toward Lake Placid. Continue for around 2 miles to the crossing of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. The parking is on the right, just before the crossing.

Distance: Approximately 1.7 miles, loop

Family with Young Kids: 1 to 1.5 hours, loop

Experienced Hiker: 0.75 to 1 hours, loop

Out of Shape Hiker: 1 to 1.5 hours, loop

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