The Pines are an interesting network of trails over a relatively small area. While the many intersections can be somewhat confusing it is a lovely area for the entire family to use and an excellent dog walking destination.
Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 86 in Saranac Lake follow Route 86 toward Lake Placid. After about 0.5 miles, stay straight onto Brandy Brook Road as Route 86 turns hard right around a traffic circle. Once you cross the railroad tracks take a left and almost immediately you will see a wooden sign marking The Pines, park off the road. While the trail system has a few access points, this is the easiest to find.
This trail network has signs and benches to rest on. Starting from the Pine Street trailhead you will climb steeply to access the highest point along the trail network. Once atop here you will start to see trail intersections. None of the intersections or trails are marked, you will need to keep your bearing.