Get out and explore on snowshoes

First-time snowshoers should consider getting their winter legs by exploring a well-established, well-maintained trail network. Think of it as a safe introduction to the sport minus the surprises — things like fallen trees — found in the backcountry. Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, just a 1-minute drive from downtown Saranac Lake, is a perfect place to get started. The paths there are well marked and they all lead back to the cozy base lodge. Dewey is also a great place to learn cross-country skiing.

For longer trails and more variety, the Paul Smith’s VIC, located about 15 minutes from downtown, can’t be beat. The property has 40 kilometers of trails and 15 kilometers of groomed trails that snake past expansive wetlands and beautiful, open hardwood forests.

Looking to get out into the forest and really experience nature on snowshoes? A guided snowshoe trip is a great opportunity to connect with the natural world and strengthen your bond with the outdoors. For more information on guided snowshoe trips, check out the Adirondack Guides and Tours page for more information, or visit one of the many skilled and knowledgable retailers from the list below.

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Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK Pledge

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

In winter, it is especially important to come prepared and practice ways to Love Your ADK; the best way to avoid emergencies is to properly plan and prepare for your trip.

Trail closure: The NYSDEC has announced that the Scarface Trail is closed due to unsafe public use of the bridge. The bridge and the Scarface Mountain Trail will remain closed out of an abundance of caution until the structure is replaced, which is expected some time next year (2024). Planning is underway to replace the bridge. Users should not attempt to use the bridge or cross the brook on foot.

(518) 891-2697
277 Route 3
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
The lowdown All lower ski trails are groomed Most lower trails are lit for night use Snowshoes must be worn at all times Dogs are permitted on snowshoe trails A warming lodge with cocoa, coffee, and restrooms is open during winter Bring a lunch and a...
(518) 891-1838
73 Dorsey Street
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
We provide you with top quality gear for your winter hikes and snowshoe outings.  All equipment is available to rent or purchase individually. All rentals are per calendar day.
(518) 637-2963
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Picture it now: You are in the forest on a crisp winter day. The snow is falling lightly and all you can hear are the soft sounds of your snowshoes and the chirping of the chickadees as you meander through the woods, invited by your guide to...
(518) 327-6241
NY Route 30
Paul Smiths, NY 12970
The lowdown Trails are open dawn to dusk 15K of groomed trails for snowshoeing, skate and classic skiing 40K of maintained trails for classic skiers and snowshoers A full range of trail difficulties and lengths Indoor space to get you geared up for...
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
The new Adirondack Rail Trail is a 34-mile, multi-use trail that connects the communities of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Tupper Lake. Walking, running, bicycling, birding, and snowmobiling are all possible on the well-graded, wheelchair accessible...
Snowmobilers wave to xc skiers on a snowy trail
Route 30
Paul Smiths, NY 12970
The hike up Jenkins is long but it isn't terribly difficult, making it perfect for anyone seeking a nice woods ramble that ends in a great view. 
Jenkins has a nice view from a rocky summit.
Route 86
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
The Bloomingdale Bog Trail is a scenic, end-to-end path that follows an old railroad corridor that connects Saranac Lake to Bloomingdale. The entire route is wide, level, and mostly straight, making it perfect for a casual stroll or bike ride.
Route 30
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
Fernow Trail, also known as the Fernow Plantation Loop, was named after Bernhard Fernow. He was one of the fathers of modern forestry and the first chief of the US Forest Service. Look for brochures in the register box for information which...
A metal plaque on a rock for B. Fernow.
Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
McKenzie Mountain is a 3,822-foot mountain with two distinct peaks that are visible from many places around Saranac Lake. The path begins with a long, pleasant hike through the forest before the serious climbing begins, but when it does it is relentless.
Always an incredible moment to share with someone close.
Coreys Road
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
The Seward Range is one of the most remote in the Adirondack High Peaks and it consists of Seward, Donaldson, Emmons, and Seymour mountains. Seymour is separated from the other three by Ouluska Pass. This hike describes climbing Seward, Donaldson, and...
Seward Range
Corey's Road
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
The Raquette Falls Trail is one of the most popular Adirondack backcountry ski routes in winter, and a wonderful hiking route along the river in summer.
Coreys Road
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
Seymour Mountain is the stand alone peak of the Seward Range and located on the opposite side of Ouluska Pass and separated from Seward, Donaldson and Emmons by a very deep valley.
Seymour