Lower Saranac Lake Path

I think we can all agree that the weather as of late has been rubbish. Isn't the old saying, "April showers brings May flowers?" NOT, "May snowstorms bring great skiing on theToll Road!" I know I, as well as many of you want warm weather to come and stay for a bit. But, I just can't sit around and wait for the sunshine, I need to seek out my own rays of hope and play outside anyhow. There have been days where there have been breaks in the torrential and I looked for them, not really knowing exactly what to look for, but I did manage to get lucky for an hour or so during a short hike in the woods.

I tried to think of a trail that wouldn't be completely under water, maybe well drained, higher in elevation with no real deep depressed sections of bog - no major water crossings. I came up with a woods path that leads to Lower Saranac Lake. This path gets a bit more use than what would be expected from a path with no real trail maintenance or markings. This path leaves from Forest Home Road and works its way through the open forest tothe Shore of Lower Saranac Lake.

Leaving from the obscure trailhead parking I quickly came toa mild torrent near the parking area that I somehow crossed without getting wet; only to step in a puddle about 100 feet further along the trail. It hadn't rained in the area for about 2-hours I estimated by the dryness of the trail, I use dryness very lightly. As I made my way through the open woods, some of the songbirds had started to come out, which I thought, odd, it's kind of cool out for them to be all cheery like that.

Part of me wanted to trail run back to the lake, but the angel on the other should thought I should take it slow, seeing as how it was a bit slippery and all. So I decided to do a brisk walk with a little attitude to maybe have the best of both worlds; luckily no one was around with a camera, trust me, it's not what you think.

As the trail slightly meandered through the woods I crested the height-of-land in good fashion and started a bit of a long descent. As the trail leveled out and a couple rolling hills later I was at the Shore of LowerSaranac Lake. An amazing boulder sits on the shore, giving the reward of open vistas across the water and the remnants of an old camp linger under the cedars giving a slight glimpse into the past.

The clouds still dark overhead, screaming "RAIN" quickly talked me into a retreat and an occasion droplet justified it. I did run the course back over most sections, but only to lose to Mother Nature's next wave of liquid sunshine. You know you're wet when you can't tell where your skin stops and your shirt starts. The odd part is I still found myself from time to time jumping over the puddles. 

Do you need a place to dry off as well, maybe get a hot cup of coffee to warm the bones, Saranac Lake has some great spots for you too. 

'Saranac Lake 6er' Kick Off!
Tom from Wiley's Flies on Fly Fishing

E-Newsletter Signup Form

1 Start 2 Complete

About The Author

Spencer Morrissey is an Adirondack native and to this day resides and works in the park. He works as a community developer, smart growth planner, recreational consultant, and licensed guide. He is the owner of Incapahcho Wilderness Guides a publishing company, and co-owner of Mountain Goats, LLC an Adirondack Guide Service based out of Lake Placid and Cranberry Lake. Spencer is a 5-time 46er and a winter 46er, a fire-tower challenger completer, a finisher of the Adirondack 100-highest, and is in the pursuit of climbing all the names peaks in the Adirondack Park. Spencer is a published author with titles; “The Other 54,” “Adirondack Trail Runner,” and “Adirondack Trail Skier,” with other titles always in progress.

Blog Topics...

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Join us for ROOST’s 2019 annual Meeting and Winter Social Enjoy live music and hors d’oeuvres, and mingle with ROOST staff and community members from throughout the region! WHERE:...
Thursday, January 17th, 2019
The upcoming date less then 1 day.
In her presentation, "Frame Your Story", Beatrice Schachenmayr, BFA, will talk about using photography to empower refugee youth in Istanbul,Turkey and Berlin, Germany.  As they...

Recent Blog Posts...

Monday, January 14th, 2019
Like many Adirondack towns, Saranac Lake has a hometown ski hill. Here is where local children have learned to ski for generations. Saranac Lake started skiing in 1892 when the first pair of...
Friday, January 11th, 2019
The Saranac Lake 6ers: Baker, St. Regis, Scarface, Haystack, Ampersand, and McKenzie. You hiked them one-by-one in the summer and marveled at the variety of views they afforded — distant High Peaks...
Fly to Saranac Lake The Adirondack Regional Airport provides quick, convenient access to and from the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of New York.
Saranac Lake Region Defined by nature, recreation, heritage, learning, creativity, and cuisine, we invite you to explore our historic routes and waterway connections.
Enter to Win Sample Saranac Lake with this getaway package. Enter now!
Sign up for our weekly newsletter.
Interested In
Sign Me Up!