High Falls

Cranberry Lake, New York 12927

High Falls

High Falls Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"With a wide variety of habitats and mostly easy trekking, this is an excellent introductory backpacking trip. Beaver activity is practically everywhere, with several dam tops forming part of the trail, so don’t expect to keep your feet dry for long. In midsummer, the abundance of blueberries turns foraging practically into hike-by food service.

Parking is available on either end of the loop, with roughly 0.5 mile of road in between. You will have to make the roadside trek either before or after your wilderness experience. With merely 0.5 mile and limited parking in each area, the use of two cars seems extravagant. My recommendation is to stow your pack at the trailhead on which you wish to start, park at the other trailhead, and walk back to your desired start."

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Hiking New York (Falcon Guides)
Rhonda and George Ostertag
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"This clockwise loop into Five Ponds Wilderness in the Cranberry Lake Region traverses a diverse area of marsh, hardwood forests, conifers, and blowdown, visiting the Dead Creek Flow of Cranberry Lake, High Falls, and the Oswegatchie River drainage. The blowdown is the legacy from the great windstorm of 1995, but the new forest is rapidly returning and thicketlike in places. Wildflowers, wildlife, or a burst of fall color can embellish the journey." Read more

High Falls Reviews

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It was a nice easy trail for me, my wife and 5 month old GSP, we did the trail counterclockwise and went to the Stone Brigde. Prior to the bridge was High Hill and rested there for a few. It was a beautiful site and there was a little camping area if you want to camp out there. Probably need to do an over nighter if you want to do the whole thing, unless you want to move through it quickly.
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Came looking for wilderness and a good trail. Found it. The trail was so well maintained, it felt like cheating. This is not a very physically challenging hike, but it may have been more difficult if the ground wasn't frozen. Beaver heaven. You will need to cross beaver dams twice. Very, very quiet.

Rob Mac
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Nice hike loop with minimal elevation changes. Some parts of the trail get flooded after heavy rainfall. Must walk a top a couple of beaver damns as part of trail. I beleive this trail is maintained by the ESF FORESTRY school at wannakena- not Paul Smiths as mentioned in the other reviews. Generally this trail is well maintained I have hiked it several times. High falls has a nice camping area and is a great place for lunch. Enjoy this hike!
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Really nice easy set of trails well maintained by Paul Smiths college. It is nice that it is a series of loops, so that you can choose to lengthen or shorten your hike depending on the folks in your party. When we did it, there was no flooding, but a lot of evidence of beaver activity. Also, a nice butterfly garden for kids and adults alike at the main building as well. If in the area, I would certainly recommend it.

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Trail Information

Cranberry Lake
Nearby City
16.2 miles
170 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1,490 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,660 feet
Top Elevation
Additional Use
Five Ponds Wilderness: www.dec.ny.gov/lands/34719.html
Local Contacts
Five Ponds Wilderness map: tinyurl.com/5pondsmap; National Geographic Adirondack Park, Old Forge/Oswegatchie (#745)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018