Sometimes overlooked, this hike is pleasant and very enjoyable for the entire family!
How to get there
From downtown Saranac Lake, follow Route 3 toward Bloomingdale. Parking is 4.0 miles from the Stewart's intersection. It is not marked, but a dirt road leads to a small bridge over the Saranac River here. There is room for 2 or 3 cars to park by the water, but most will find it easier to park along the road.
By the numbers
- Distance: 1.1 miles, one way
- Elevation gain/ loss: minimal
From the parking area on state Route 3 between Saranac Lake and Bloomingdale, this easy hiking trail goes 1.1 miles to the south end of Moose Pond. From the parking area, the trail crosses the Saranac River on a metal bridge before the trail register. From there, it follows an old access road with very easy grades and minimal elevation change.
At about the 1-mile mark, the old road continues straight to the site of a former lodge (long gone, though the chimney remains). Bear right at the split to reach a rock outcrop and the shore of the pond about 0.1 miles later. From the rock outcrop, there are views of Whiteface Mountain and the McKenzie Mountain Range.