From the VIC parking area, cross the paved road and locate the gated woods road which will be to your right and a bit further down from the gazeebo. Once on the woods road you will have a flat hike for quite some time with just small gently sloping hills in front of you. The trail slowly comes to a slight descent before leveling off again and making a hard left. Passing by a couple attractive beaver ponds the trail will sweep around the base of the mountain before climbing steeply to the somewhat open summit. Outstanding views will await you as you look over the waterways in the area and gaze upon some very attractive wilderness peaks.
From downtown Saranac Lake, take Route 86 north, toward Paul Smiths. At the intersection with the college, turn right on Route 30. The VIC is on the left shortly after the turn. The VIC is on the left, about a mile past the turn. Turn into the well-marked driveway and follow it to the large parking area.
Distance Round Trip
This is a mostly flat trail with a lot of scenic interest. Steep climb to the summit at the very end. The many connector trails offer loop possibilities.
Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing
This is a long, but considered only moderate, ski or shoe, with lots of switchbacks to keep it doable. Keep a look out for blue markings if there's a fresh snow and no trail broken out. Enjoy some sweet transitions from wide path to forest hiking, and when it gets steep it is near the end and the summit.
There's beautiful scenery as the trail winds through the wooded areas of Boreas Pond. Excellent grooming on the Loggers Loop encourages exploration. Enjoy a scenic winter view of the St. Regis Canoe Area, Visitor Interpretive Center, Paul Smiths College, and St. Regis Mountain with its (currently closed) firetower.
There is admission to ski the Visitor Interpretive Center's groomed trails.
6-5 hours round trip
Find out more
Read our blog post about winter at Paul Smiths Visitors Interpretive Center (VIC).
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