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Sacandaga Hiking BLOG!!! | Hiking Safety and DEC Rules

This list was painstakingly compiled by Kim VanEvera at Adirondack Wilderness Adventures. I do believe she had hiked most of these trails and It is now posted in her memory. Kim was very supportive and helpful when I was creating Visit Sacandaga and since originally posted I have had to do some more research and add to the original descriptions. I plan to hike all these myself in the future and bring you photos and my accounts of the hike!





0.8 miles


GPS 43.46722, -74.24689

Take Route 30 North from the town of Wells. Approximately 3 miles up Route 30 there is a right hand turn that leads to a parking area.

This 40 foot falls is at the beginning of a series of drops, plunges and cascades totaling over 100 feet though this narrow gorge lined with Hemlocks on the Sacandaga River. Many potholes can be seen along the edge of the gorge when the water level is low. Please be careful around the falls area, as the banks are steep and slippery.


0.1 miles

Elevation Gain (feet): 0

GPS Coordinates: ( 43.49996, -74.27858 )

Location: 7.0 miles N. of Wells: Drive north from Wells on Route 30 to the intersection of Rte 30 & 8. Continue another 6.5 miles and make a right onto Old Route 30, an unimproved road, and drive for exactly 2.7 miles and pull off to the side of the road to park. The road is paved, but very bumpy, so use caution and drive slow! The falls are off to the right, can be heard from the road, and are reached with an easy 50 ft. walk down to the falls. The surrounding banks of the stream are very slippery, so use caution when walking alongside the falls.




Big Alderbed Lake

6.2 miles

moderate do to distance

GPS (43.32528 -74.70611 )

Big Alderbed Lake was once a small lake that increased in size during the 1900's. The dam was built to accommodate the booming logging industry. Currently most of the dam has not eroded and flooded away. The trail is mostly flat but does contain a few obstacles.

Approx. 12 miles.

From Rt.30 northbound turn on to Algonquin Drive just after entering the town of Wells. Follow this road for approx. 1.5 miles until you come to a large intersection. Turn left on to West River Road. Follow West River Road to Whitehouse parking lot.


Bray House Falls
(a.k.a. The Potholers)

0.2 miles
Elevation Gain (feet): 0


GPS Coordinates: ( 43.2747754, -74.6642548 )

10.5 miles SW of Piseco Lake: From Speculator head west on Rte 8 and drive 12.2 miles to route 10, and make a left heading south. Drive another 1.2 miles and make the first right onto Powley Road (dirt road), which may or may not have a sign. Continue on Powley Road for 10.4 miles, and look for Brayhouse Brook, just before passing into Fulton County. Stay on the N. bank of the stream and head east, going downstream, until you get to where the Brayhouse Brook enters the East Canada Creek. Head left, and travel upstream for 0.1 mile to the falls.


1.4 miles

GPS (43.20837 and W -74.54239)

From the Caroga Lake Post Office across the road from Sherman's Park.

Head northwest 5.0 miles on RT-10/RT-29A toward E Shore Road West Caroga, at the RT-10/RT-29A divide at the Pine Lake Lodge continue to follow RT-10 to the right. Parking and the trail head is about 1 mile up on the left.

Broomstick Lake is a little lake that contains colorful rose quartz. Most of the shore line is swampy, but it is an attractive picnic destination. Broomstick Lake was also used in the 1936 filming of the original "The Last of the Mohicans"


0.3 miles

Elevation Gain (feet): 0

Long Lake

GPS Coordinates: ( 43.9141626, -74.483022 )

5 miles SW of Long Lake: From Long Lake, take NYS route 28/30 south for 3 miles to North Point Road, or North 7.7 miles from the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake. There will be a sign here that says "Buttermilk Falls." Turn SW onto North Point Road, and follow it for 2.1 miles. Look for sign on the right for the falls, where there will be a parking area and a short path leading to the falls.

The falls are a series of short and wide cascades on the Raquette River totaling more than 40 feet. An interesting elevation phenomenon occurs making the river appear to be elevated above the surrounding bedrock.


Cascade Falls

4 miles
Elevation Gain (feet): 0


GPS Coordinates: ( 43.7783138, -74.8256812 )

Three miles NE of downtown Inlet: Drive N out of Inlet on Rte 28 towards Old Forge for approximately 2.1 miles to Big Moose Road on the right, just past the Eagle Bay sign. Make a R onto Big Moose Road and drive 1.4 miles to the trail head. Park off to the right side of the road. Follow the trailhead NE along a flat and easy tote road for a bit over 2 miles, and look for the falls past the end of the lake on the left.

Cascade Falls is a relatively "thin" falls, 12 to 15 inches in width, that drop over 40 feet into a beautiful shade pool.


Cathead Mountain

3.2 miles RT, difficult

Take Route 30 North from Northville, after approximately 3.1 miles turn left on to Benson Road. Follow for 2.7 miles until you reach North Road on your right. Turn on to North Road and follow for 1.2 Miles to the parking Lot.


This trail is short and easy to follow but the climb is steep. The open summit has views in three directions and a fire tower.


Chase Lake

5 miles


GPS (43.75833 : Longitude: -75.30472)
Elevation: 1243 ft

Drive north from the Benson Road that connects Caroga Lake with NY 30 on Pinnacle Road, which is 6.6 miles east of NY 10. It is pleasant to walk along the road that is bordered by marshes. The end of the driveable part of the road is a parking area for the Chase Lake Trail and the continuation of the road into Forest Preserve lands. Walk the old road uphill as far as you want, enjoying the forests and marshes.

This is a popular lake with a lean-to.
Now Foot travel only.



Chimney Mountain


2.8 miles moderate parking fee

GPS - 43.68769 -74.23078

From Speculator Chamber office, follow Rt. 30 north 23.7 miles to Big Brook Rd. in Indian Lake. Make a sharp right. Go 8.9 miles to Chimney Mountain Wilderness Lodge on Kings Flow. There is a specified parking area with small fee. Hikers are reminded that a private landowner is permitting access across his property. Bring water. Follow the unmarked trails in the rift to find the caves. Most can be entered without equipment but stay out of the deep ones. Long pants and flashlight prove helpful.

This is a very interesting hike to an unusual geological chimney formation and broad views over the wilderness area.

Use caution around the maze of caves and crevices near the summit. Expert spelunkers will find this area a delight to explore.


Christine Falls

0.2 miles
Elevation Gain (feet): 0


GPS Coordinates: ( 43.5128021, -74.3085344 )

Three miles E of Speculator: From the intersection of Rte 30 & Rte 8 in Speculator, drive south on Rte 30 for 3.1 miles, passing Old Rte 30 on your left. Continue on another 0.3 miles around a short bend in the road and look for the parking area for the falls on the left side of the road. Park and walk down the slope to the waterfalls.

Christine Falls is easily assessable from Rte 30 just E of Speculator. The falls are located slightly downstream from the power generation dam on the Sacandaga River. There are 2 small waterfalls, dropping approximately 20 feet to a wonderful local swimming hole


Clockmill Pond

3 miles


GPS (43.35082, -74.61269)

The trail starts in Clockmill Corners, a remote bend in the Powley-Piseco Road, a narrow dirt road for more than half its distance. The road intersects NY 10 in the north, 0.3 mile south of the bridge over Piseco Lake; the trailhead is 4 miles south. The southern end of the road is 8.6 miles west of NY 10 in the hamlet of Stratford on NY 29A; the trailhead is 15 miles north.

Clockmill Pond provides a pleasant canoeing, fishing, picnicking or camping destination.

The short 1.7-mile path on the old logging road is among my favorite fall walks. Late September or early October finds the swamp maples around the pond aflame with dark reds.



Death Falls
(a.k.a. Secret Falls)

0.4 miles

Elevation Gain (feet): 0

Raquette Lake

GPS Coordinates: ( 43.8136148, -74.5953824 )

3.2 miles E. of Village of Raquette Lake: This trail starts on the south side of Route 28, near the southern shore of Raquette Lake. Look for a yellow gate 10 miles west of the village of Blue Mountain Lake or 3.6 miles east of Sagamore Road (in Raquette Lake), that marks the start of the short path. Parking is sparse here, but you can park nearby at the Golden Beach State campground on Raquette Lake that will require a day use fee. From the barrier, walk on a perfectly flat trail to a grass clearing, walking through it to the trail continuing on the other side. The trail is a straight shot to the falls through a wet area that you might want to avoid, and is just 0.2 miles from the road.

This falls, located on a tributary into Death Stream, cascades almost 70 feet over a broad faced cliff. Although the best viewing is during high water, this easily assessable falls takes only 5+ minutes to walk to. You will start hearing the falls shortly after leaving Rte 28.


Dry and Dexter Lakes

5.8 miles

easy to moderate

The route from the east, via Good Luck Lake, begins from a large parking turnout on NY Route 10, just north of the “second bridge” in Arietta. In this case, follow the main snowmobile trail to a four-way junction at 0.5-mile and bear left. At 1.5 miles, bear right for Spectacle Lake, which is 2.8 miles from the highway. From this same trailhead, it is also possible to approach Spectacle by way of Dexter Lake, for a total distance of 4.1 miles.

This is an attractive walk on and old road through open forests. The terrain is relatively flat, but does contain some moderate ups and downs. Dry and Dexter Lakes are small and relatively isolated.


Dug Mountain Brook Falls

0 miles
Elevation Gain (feet): 0



GPS Coordinates: ( 43.596144688286, -74.3912542462 )

From Speculator, drive N. on Rte 30 for 12 miles to the DEC Indian Lake Islands boat launch on the R. Paddle 2 miles across the lake and veer around “Long Island” to the R, heading SW into the narrow part of the lake. Follow for 5.5 miles to the end of the lake, and take out where the Dug Mountain Brook enters the lake. Where the stream enters the lake, there is a picnic area & table on the shore, and you'll see a small 4 ft. waterfall. Follow the N. side of the stream for .4 miles to get to the base of the larger falls. Alternative route: You may access the falls via a shorter, 2.5 mile paddle along the Jessup river, 6.0 miles NE of Speculator. This river is very narrow, and in low water can be difficult to navigate. From the 4 corners in Speculator, drive 6.4 miles N on Rte 30, and look for the Jessup River, crossing under Rte 30 over a bridge. Park on the side of the road, and paddle downstream on the eastern side of Rte 30 towards Indian Lake. Look for Dug Mountain Brook entering Indian Lake on your right.

This falls is located on the south end of Indian Lake, best reached by canoe from the Indian Lake Islands DEC boat launch. There is a small falls where the brook enters the lake, and a larger 40 foot falls further upstream to the east.


East Jimmy Creek Falls

0.2 miles

Elevation Gain (feet): 0


GPS Coordinates: ( 43.4534, -74.2335936 )

4.5 miles NE of Wells: From Wells go north on Rte 30 for 3.5 miles until you come to the intersection of Rt. 30 & 8. Turn right onto Rt. 8 and proceed 1.2 miles. You will reach a point where parking areas are visible on both sides of the road, with the stream crossing under Rte 8 through a culvert . Park on the right and take the path along the south side of the stream. The hike up to the 2nd falls is just a few hundred yards upstream.

Jimmy Creek contains 2 lovely, small waterfalls and both are a short walk in from Rte. 8. This falls is very picturesque for its small size, and less than 200 yards from the road. You'll find a series of small drops and flows upstream from the main falls that are also worth looking for. The first waterfall is near the beginning of the hike. The second is just upstream and towers 10 feet over the surrounding area, plunging into a small swimming hole at its base.


Falls on Outlet from Buckhorn Lake

2.6 miles

Elevation Gain (feet): 200



GPS Coordinates: ( 43.4288857, -74.4960501 )

8.4 miles west of Speculator: Take Route 8 from Speculator 9 miles West. Watch for the DEC trailhead signs marking the Northville-Lake Placid trail on the left past the Town of Arietta Highway Department, across from Casey’s Corner in Piseco. Follow the blue blazed trail markers on the trail for 1.3 miles. When you get to a wooden foot bridge, look right and you will see the top of the cascade about 25 feet downstream. Paths on both sides lead to the bottom of the falls. If you follow the creek upstream (a bushwhack) from the wooden foot bridge for 0.2 mile, you will be able to get a wonderful scenic view of Buckhorn Lake.

This small cascading waterfall is formed from a small stream that begins at the outlet of Buckhorn Lake. The hike in to the falls follows along the famous Northville-Lake Placid trail, and is approximately 1.3 miles (one-way) with a slight elevation gain as you travel towards the falls. Buckhorn Lake, also known as "Fiddler's Pond", is a birders paradise and is home to nesting Loons and Great Blue Herons.


Glasgow Mills and Hillabrandt Lake and Vlei

6.6 miles, RT

From Glasgow Rd, W of Rt.10 between Rockford & Caroga Lake. Gently uphill never too far from scenic Glasgow Creek for 1.3 miles to Glasgow Mills, the site of an old sawmill in the late 1800s. In fact, this snowmobile trail was once a road dating back to 1799!

HIDDEN VLY. E of East Stoner Lake (1.2 miles from Rt.10). In the Shaker Mtn WF. 0-10"Old logging road has a rope tied across it at start - no trail markers but easy to follow the 2 miles to Hidden Vly. You could continue on to explore Whitman Flow. Ref: Discover the Southern Adirondacks. 2.5 hours.

A shallow lovely lake dammed by beaver. This hike also takes you past the old mill historic site.



5 miles

Elevation Gain (feet): 0


GPS Coordinates: ( 43.3723213, -74.4315859 )

Just south of Wells, turn off Rte 30 and drive on Algonquin Road past the dam for 0.7 mile to West River Road. Continue for approximately 8.3 miles on West River Road to a large clearing, where the road ends. The trail starts in the woods, and parallels the river along most of the way.

Two eddies, 5 waterfalls, 200 foot gorge and a ravine

This is a 2.5 hike (one way) over uneven terrain to the West Branch Gorge, and should only be taken mid-summer when the water levels are low. These Falls on the West Branch cascade through a narrow gorge of the West Branch of the Sacandaga River that are over 400 feet tall in spots. From the trailhead, hike approximately .6 miles, where the path takes a left. Follow the path and cross Hamilton Lake Stream at 1.2 miles, which will be difficult in high water. Continue and cross Cold Brook at 1.8/1.9 miles, where you can see Cold Brook Falls upstream. Follow the river on the north bank until you see the first waterfalls (10-12 ft.) on the West Branch at approximately 2.5 miles. The second smaller falls (8 ft) is located several hundred yards up the river from the first, but cannot be seen due to the rough topography of the walls.


Goldmine Stream Falls

2.4 miles, RT, moderate

The trailhead is on the left side 12.2 miles from Route 29A on the Powley-Piseco Road

This is a small series of waterfalls with rock outcroppings. At the falls the red and gold bedrock is what named the goldmine stream. Map & Compass trail.


5.8 miles RT, easy

GPS (43.25578, -74.53837)

The Trailhead is on Route 10, 2.8miles north of the turn off from Route 29A. The parkig area is just past the second bridge over the West Branch of the Sacandaga River. The Trail begins across from the parking area.

First, there is a level walk on a marked trail to a secluded sandy beach on Good Luck Lake, and then you can backtrack to an unmarked trail that leads up a short steep climb to an open ledge with fantastic views.


Griffin Falls

0.4 miles

Elevation Gain (feet): 0


GPS Coordinates: ( 43.4704125, -74.2247728 )

6.0 miles NE of Wells: From Wells, proceed N. on Rt. 30 for 3.5 miles. Turn right onto Rt. 8 and drive northeast for roughly 2.5 miles. Turn left onto a seasonal road (opposite a pull-off on the R. side of the road) and drive 0.2 miles, crossing the East Branch of the Sacandaga River. Park just past the bridge in the clearing. Follow the path paralleling the west side of the river, going downstream to reach the falls.

The falls area consists of several drops, large blocks, many potholes, and an 8 foot cascading waterfalls on the East Branch of the Sacandaga River. A small swimming hole sits at the base of the falls.


Groff Creek Falls

3.5 miles

Elevation Gain (feet): 0



GPS Coordinates: ( 43.3123337, -74.255928 )

5.5 miles South of Wells: Take Rt. 30 for 3.2 miles N. of Northville, and make a left onto County Rt. 6 (Benson Road) towards Benson. Make an immediate right onto River Road, and drive north for 4.6 miles until the drivable road stops. From here, it is a 1.8 mile hike to the top of the series of 3 waterfalls. The first waterfall, 30 ft in height, can be heard at approximately 1.6 miles from the trailhead. Scramble down to the stream to view the falls. Follow the stream further upstream to reach the other 2 waterfalls, both require a hike downhill to see them.

There are a series of 3 waterfalls along the Groff Creek, all of which take some extra effort to get into position to see the falls. The first 2 are more difficult to get to than the 3rd.


 4 miles
round trip


GPS (43.37392, -73.95015)

The trailhead has good parking for more than dozen cars. It is reached by finding your way to Lake Luzerne (NY route 9N), then crossing the Hudson to the village of Hadley. Turn north onto Saratoga route 1 for about 3 miles to Hadley Hill road (0.1 miles after you cross the railroad that you have been paralleling, there are signs), turn left and go uphill for 4.6 miles to Tower road (small sign on the left). Tower road is an excellent dirt/gravel road that is often plowed and sanded in the winter. It leads to the obvious trailhead parking lot.

Some of the most spectacular views in the southern Adirondacks are obtained by hiking to the bare summit of Hadley Mt. Although the fire tower still graces the summit, it is no longer staffed. However, one need not climb the the tower to be rewarded.


Hope Falls

Hope Falls


 GPS: (43.2891, -74.2203)

Rt 30 North to the village of Northville
Cross Bridge to Main St
Left on to North Main
North Main bends to left onto Reed St. Stay on Reed Street approx 2 miles
turn right at sign for Hope Falls
follow signs to the end until the road becomes dirt. Approx 3-4 miles
Parking available there at trailhead.
Nice level walk great for small children and novice hikers.





Irving Pond and Bellows Lake to Peters Corners

19 miles RT if Holmes Lake is explored

A short road, but a beautiful walk is north of the Nick Stoner Golf Course in Caroga. The road parallels the outlet of Irving Pond—beautiful views when the water is high in spring. By late April there are wildflowers too. If it is dry enough you can continue on along the shores of the now dry bed of Irving Pond (the dam that made the pond bigger has been removed).

This complex series of trails. Each lake has its own charm. Hikers should allow time to explore the ruins of the old mill by Holmes Lake.


2 miles


GPS (43.30058, -74.56526)

The path begins from a parking turnout on the west side of Route 10, 0.3-mile north of Avery's Hotel and directly opposite the small man-made lake on the Avery property. The way to Jockeybush is the northernmost of the two entrances. The parking turnout is 9 miles north of Pine Lake.

This is a pleasant walk along the outlet stream of a natural deep-water lake. Boulders line the shore and provide nice picnic spots.


Kane Mountain

1.4 miles RT, moderate

GPS (43.17883, -74.50514)

There are two trail heads that access Kane Mountain and the tower. The main trail runs from Green Lake Rd. The .5 mile hike climbs 600 ft. to the top of the mountain at 2200 ft. above sea level. The trail is moderate in difficulty, and can be a bit muddy if the weathers been wet. The second trail runs from Schoolhouse Road. Although this is a shorter ascent to the top, it is quite a bit steeper and includes some rocky areas.

This hike follows an old jeep road to the summit where views can be attained from the restored fire tower. A fire observer’s cabin is also located on the summit.


Kunjamuk Cave

a 1 mile walk to a large cave


Approximately 3 miles from Speculator south on Rt. 30 to Old Rt. 30 to cross iron bridge on left. Trail is 100 feet on left. Do not go straight as this is an old, overgrown road. Follow unmarked footpath approximately 1 mile to cave on right. Day use permits for International Paper Company land may be purchased at Tanners Outdoor Sports.

On this walk you'll find a series of easy dropping falls flowing along the trail which is surrounded by a dark Cedar & Hemlock forest. The falls are 15 feet wide, and travel for almost a 1/2 mile.


Limekiln Falls

4 miles RT

Elevation Gain (feet): 0


GPS Coordinates: ( 43.7220437, -74.792192 )

Two miles S of downtown Inlet: Head south on 28 from Inlet for .8 miles, and make a R (at the golf course) heading south onto Limekiln Road. Drive for another 1.8 miles to the Limekiln Lake DEC Campground entrance. The trail starts at campsite #87. Travel across the large open field, to find a register box at the old fish barrier dam, where the self guided nature trail starts. Travel to the R for 1.0 mile around the old beaver vly, until the trail bears R after a series of bridges. Follow the outlet for Limekiln Lake for about 0.75 mile as the trail crosses the brook several times and you will come to the start of the falls, which continues for another 1/2 mile. There is a day use fee to enter the campground.


Little Cathead

2.4 miles RT, moderate

Little Cathead is unlike most in the southern area in that it contains a wooded summit. It however does still contain plentiful look-outs.

This small mountain does not contain a marked trail. Exploring hikers should travel with compass and map.


8.3 miles, moderately easy, two cars needed

GPS (43.30154, -74.19963)

From Route 30 North turn Right on to creek road, approximately 6.5 miles from Northville. Follow Creek road for 2.5 miles and the trailhead will be on the left.

This route follows an old road and trail once used by early settlers who farmed and mined in this area. You'll pass a series of very attractive lakes, an old ferrous oxide pigment mine the red paint was processed in nearby Northville and used on many area buildings and the stone walls, foundations and apple trees of the former homesteads.



1.8 miles


GPS (43.19087, -74.52590)

From the Caroga Lake Post Office across the road from Sherman's Park.Head northwest 5.0 miles on RT-10/RT-29A toward E Shore Road West Caroga, at the RT-10/RT-29A divide at the Pine Lake Lodge continue to follow RT-29A to the left. Parking and the trail head is a few hundred feet on the right.

An old road leads to this popular lake that has beautiful blue-green water and a picturesque shoreline. Walk the fishermen's paths for access to less populated and used shorelines. Due to the bad basics of some hikers, campers, and snowmobiles this small wonder is fading fast.


Northville-Lake Placid Trail


The beginning of the 133 mile Northville-Placid Trail follows the highway from Northville to Benson Center and impatient hikers may want to drive to Benson Center. However, the scenery along the Stony Creek Valley is well worth the walk.

No high mountains are encountered in this section, but the forests are as wild as any found on the trail.


Panther Mountain
Echo Cliff

1.5 miles RT, easy

GPS (44.23083, -74.33608)

From Speculator Chamber office, take Rt. 8 west to 8.8 miles to Old Piseco Rd., take a right. Follow road around lake (approx. 5 miles) Trailhead is on right 1/2 mile beyond Little Sand State Campsite

The trail to this popular destination is well worn and occasionally steep. An open grassy area and ledges provide spectacular views across Piseco Lake to Spy Lake and the Silver Lake Wilderness.

1.2 miles RT

GPS Coordinates: ( 43.47608, -74.35693)

Located 2.3 miles southeast of the Village of Speculator. From Speculator, drive south for 0.8 miles on route 30 and make a right onto Downey Road, Follow Downey past Camp of the Woods, turn right onto South Shore Road. Follow South Shore Road till you come to the trailhead (unmarked) on the left side of the road 1.9 miles from Route 30 & Downey road intersection.

From Wells make a left onto Downy Road, and a left onto South Shore Road before you reach Camp of the Woods, just past the little fishing bridge (2.6 miles from the intersection of 30 and Downey Road. On the left.

A short trail leads to an old cemetery containing the grave of Colonel Peck, Hamilton County's only Revolutionary War officer. The trail is about 0.6 mile each way to the cemetery, where there are several other old headstones.


3.2 miles, moderately difficult

GPS (43.58673, -74.48509)

The trailhead begins 1.9 miles South on Route 30 below Galusha’s Cabins on Lewey lake. Take the Perkins Clearing dirt road on right. Go 3.3 miles to fork and bear right to Sled Harbor parking area. Hike the road from there .75 mile to trail on left to Mountain and Firetower on top. (Other direction on road continues to West Canada and Cedar Lakes area on Northville-Lake Placid Trail)

After some steep climbing, you will reach the abandoned fire tower and views from the summit to the east and south. The access road to the trailhead is rough and may only be passable by four-wheel drive vehicles.



0.5 miles

Elevation Gain (feet): 0


GPS Coordinates: ( 43.27496, -74.66432 )

This especially interesting section of East Canada Creek has a series of waterfalls, chutes and potholes. The area is a beautiful spot for a picnic and is easily accessed via a short walk upstream.

The Sacandaga Pathway
1.5 miles RT, easy

GPS (43.49609, -74.35968)

The Pathway meets moderate handicapped access codes, and is about a mile and a half long. There is a picnic area with grills and a view of the river. (Carry in- Carry out Policy) Rest areas are provided at the Fire Hall, Pavilion, and at the Lane Emporium at the intersection of Routes 8 and 30. A meditation walk is provided for a quiet place to enjoy the serenity of the woods.


Sand Lake

1 mile, RT, easy
Sand Lake is deep and remote lake. It is an easy trip and does provide view across the end of the Lake.
7.8 miles RT, difficult

GPS (43.70126, -74.33480)

The trailhead is on Route 30, 6.5 miles south of the village of Indian lake, parking is on opposite side of the road.

This is the tallest mountain in the southern Adirondacks and the trail to its top, especially the final climb, is very steep and demanding. You'll enjoy outstanding views of Indian Lake, the distant High Peaks and unbroken wilderness from the rocky summit ledges, which are dangerous and should be approached with caution. The fire tower on the summit was recently restored for safe public use.



Spectacle Lake

2 1/2 miles

From the Caroga Lake Post Office across the road from Sherman's Park.

Head northwest 6.0 miles on RT-10/RT-29A toward E Shore Road West Caroga, at the RT-10/RT-29A divide at the Pine Lake Lodge continue to follow RT-10 to the right. Parking and the trail head is about 7 miles up on the left.

The Trail is the right fork off the Good Luck Trail (above). It is approximately 2 1/2 miles up.Good for fishing and camping, the name Spectacle comes from the shape of the lake looking similar to glasses. The lake can be seen from the cliffs near Good Luck Lake.


West Stony Creek Falls

3 miles RT

Elevation Gain (feet): 0



GPS Coordinates: ( 43.2551443, -74.3469554 )

10.2 miles SW of Wells or 9.5 miles NW of Northville: From Northville, take Rte 30 N for 3.2 miles to County Rt. 6 (Benson Road) or from Wells take Rte 30 S for 12.4 miles. Turn W onto Benson Road and pass Lapland Lake Ski Center at 5.2 miles. Continue on and at 5.8 miles the road forks after an iron bridge; stay to the right following the signs for the NLP Trail and continue NW for 0.6 mile. Turn left onto a dirt road (Godfrey Road) and continue for another 0.5 mile. The parking area is on the right. Walk on road for 1.2 miles to the northwest. As the dirt road ends, you will be at the North Branch of West Stony Creek. Follow a blue-blazed tote road northwest for 0.3 mile, you will soon come to the falls, which are just downstream from a large log footbridge that crosses over the creek.

This fairly level walk takes you along an old dirt road for 1.5 miles (one way) to a small 4 ft cascade on a medium size stream along the Northville-Placid Trail at it's southern end. It is located downstream from a rustic log footbridge that crosses West Stony Creek. Although small in size, the waterfalls and surrounding area is very picturesque and worth the trip.


Whiskey Brook Falls

0.2 miles

Elevation Gain (feet): 0


GPS Coordinates: ( 43.52668, -74.38611 )

2.0 miles N of Speculator: From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 30 in Speculator drive 2.2 miles N. on Route 30 and look off to the right for the stream which flows under Rte 30 through a large culvert. Pull off to the right, park, and follow the southern bank of the creek upstream for 50 feet where you will see the falls.

This very small and easily assessable gem sits right along the eastern (right) side of the road. The falls is 5-6 feet tall and is surrounded by large boulders.


Wilcox Lake


From Route 30 approximately 4 miles south of the entrance to the town of Wells. Turn right on to Pumpkin Hollow road. The Trailhead is 1.6 miles up this road on the left.

Wilcox Lake from Willis Lake:
" A second approach to Wilcox Lake, in addition to the one from East Stony Creek Rd., can be made from the SE via the Willis Lake trail. This trail traverses rugged terrain in sections, traveling through some of the wildest areas of the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest."

-Southern Region : Wilcox Lake Wild Forest and Baldwin Springs Section, ADK Guide, pg. 93, By: Linda Laing.

Wilcox Lake via East Stony Creek Trail:
" Wilcox Lake is one of the most attractive bodies of water in the southern Adirondacks and is also one of the most popular. Somewhat overused but much appreciated, this small lake is a worthwhile destination for the day hiker."

-Southern Region : Wilcox Lake Wild Forest and Baldwin Springs Section, ADK Guide, pg. 89, By: Linda Laing.


Willie Wildlife Marsh

Read about my hike!

1.5 mile loop

GPS (43.08119, -74.44179)

The Willie Wildlife Marsh is located on Willie Road about 10 minutes from Gloversville off Route 29A.Turn left when you see Jim’s Auto business. Drive almost to the end of Willie Road where you will see a parking lot.

This interesting nature trail system explores a wetland habitat. There is a viewing platform, ten interpretive stops and three boardwalks that traverse the marsh and open water.

The trail guide and map is available at the trailhead.



Woods Lake

0.3 miles,


Woods Lake is a very pretty small lake that is close to the road. Therefore, it is more popular among campers and fishermen.


Hiking Information From the DEC

The Complete Hikers Resource Guide

GPS for Hiking

Nature Centers

From the Stony Creek Chamber

National Georaphic Survival Story

NYS Hiking Guide

CNY Hiking


Local Hikes

Indian Lake Trails

Adirondack Adventures

Adirondack Hikes
An Upstate NY Hiker's Diary

Biting Insects

DEC Rules

The rules associated with using Department of Environmental Conservation managed public lands in New York State for recreational purposes are relatively simple and straightforward. Hiking and backcountry camping are allowed on Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks as well as State Forest areas.

Generally, camping is prohibited on Unique Areas, Wildlife Management Areas and other categories of state land. Hiking is generally permitted anywhere but special requirements apply to mountain biking and horseback riding.

Some specific units in the forest preserve may have regulations that are different than the rules and guidelines listed below! For information about the 52 Department of Environmental Conservation campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks, visit DEC Campground Information.

The rules and guidelines for the use of New York State's public lands are generally as follows: Except where marked by a "Camp Here" disk camping is prohibited within 150 feet of roads, trails, lakes, ponds, streams or other bodies of water.

Groups of ten or more persons or stays of more than three days in one place require a permit from the New York State Forest Ranger responsible for the area. Lean-tos are available in many areas on a first come first served basis. Lean-tos cannot be used exclusively and must be shared with other campers.

Use pit privies provided near popular camping areas and trailheads. If none are available, dispose of human waste by digging a hole 6"-8" deep at least 150 feet from water or campsites. Cover with leaves and soil. Do not use soap to wash yourself, clothing or dishes within 150 ft of water.

Drinking and cooking water should be boiled for 5 minutes, treated with purifying tablets or filtered through filtration device to prevent instances of giardia infection. Fires should be built in existing fire pits or fireplaces if provided. Use only dead and down wood for fires.

Cutting standing trees is prohibited. Extinguish all fires with water and stir ashes until they are cold to the touch. Do not build fires in areas marked by a "No Fires" disk.

Camp stoves are safer, more efficient and cleaner. Carry out what you carry in.

Practice "leave no trace" camping and hiking. Keep your pet under control. Restrain it on a leash when others approach. Collect and bury droppings away from water, trails and camp sites. Keep your pet away from drinking water sources.

Observe and enjoy wildlife and plants but leave them undisturbed. Removing plants, rocks, fossils or artifacts from state land without a permit is illegal. The storage of personal property on state land is prohibited.

Carry an approved flotation device for each person aboard all watercraft. Except in an emergency or between

December 15 and April 30, camping is prohibited above an elevation of 4000 feet in the Adirondacks.

Hiking Safety

Safety is important whether you are day hiking or winter backpacking. Proper planning, preparation, proper clothing and taking appropriate gear along are essential to a safe and enjoyable excursion.

Before You Leave plan ahead. Learn about the area ahead of time. Study the latest guidebooks and maps that give information on highways, trails, streams and other physical features.

Plan your trip carefully according to routes and the time you have available. Check weather reports before you set out. Prepare yourself physically. If your planned recreation calls for considerable physical exertion, get in shape beforehand.

Do not attempt a trip that is beyond your physical capabilities. Leave word of your destination and schedule. In order to locate you in an emergency or send assistance should you need it, leave word at home or with a friend as to where you are going and when you intend to return. Know the rules and guidelines for appropriate behavior for the area you are visiting.

On The Trail

Dress appropriately for the season and where appropriate hiking shoes or boots. Layered clothing is best to meet changing weather conditions. If cool or wet conditions can be expected it is recommended that you avoid cotton clothing, which insulates poorly when wet and dries very slowly.

Carry a compass and a topographic map of the area and know how to use both. Take along appropriate equipment and supplies.

A day pack containing rain gear, extra warm clothing, high energy food, water, first aid kit, pocket knife, whistle and matches in a waterproof container are recommended. Sunglasses and insect repellent are also handy.

Do not drink water from ponds or streams unless you have treated it first by boiling, filtering or using purification tablets. You should sign in at any Department of Environmental Conservation trail register you may pass. This will assist us in finding you should we need to search for you.

If You Get Lost or Someone is Injured If you become lost, keep calm, stay dry, keep warm and stay put. If it appears that you will need to spend the night in the woods, build a campfire to provide heat, light and comfort.

A campfire will be invaluable in locating you if you have been reported missing. Aircraft may be used in searching when weather permits and smoky campfires may be spotted from the air If the weather is particularly cold or bad and you must spend the night in the woods, also build a small shelter using dead branches, hemlock boughs and leaves. The shelter will serve as a "cocoon" and should be just big enough for you to lie in comfortably. Set up camp before darkness falls.

If you feel you can try and find your way out of the woods, remember that following streams downhill will nearly always lead you back to signs of habitation. Any person knowing you are overdue should contact the New York State Forest Ranger in the area of your trip.

In case of accident, at least one person should remain with the injured person. Know and use basic first aid techniques. Others in the group should carefully note the location and contact the local New York State Forest Ranger.




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