Siamese Ponds from Eleventh Mountain Trail

North Creek, New York 12853

Siamese Ponds from Eleventh Mountain Trail

Siamese Ponds from Eleventh Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This trail is the main artery into the Siamese Ponds Wilderness, and the primary route to the ponds themselves. Since such a long stretch of the walk is close to the East Branch of the Sacandaga River, the 6.6-mile walk is quite scenic. The portion along the river is a classic ski route, but the portion of the trail across the shoulder of Eleventh Mountain—with its patches of bare ice and the long descent into the East Branch valley—puts snowshoers at an advantage over skiers. The biggest challenge for snowshoers will be the return climb over Eleventh Mountain."

More Siamese Ponds from Eleventh Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This easy all-day or backpack hike travels a scenic low-elevation Central Adirondack forest, parallels the East Branch Sacandaga River, and visits a large wilderness pond. The hike follows the historic 1800s Bakers Mills–North River Stagecoach Route and travels a wild area suitable for beaver, bear, mink, otter, grouse, and other woodland creatures. Autumn brings rustling palettes of fire.

Ideal for a family backpack or your very first backpack outing, this trail journeys west into Siamese Ponds Wilderness, initially ascending on a former roadbed through an arbor of young birch, aspen, and maple. The blue-disk trail markers are few in number, but little needed."

Siamese Ponds from Eleventh Mountain Trail Reviews

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6/12/2013
We enjoyed our hike, but I have to disagree with the guide on this one. This is rated an easy trail - I would say it's a moderate. There is a lot of up & down, some of it rocky and rough going. Our family consists of two 43 year olds, one 13 year old and one 10 year old. The guide describes this as "ideal for a family backpack" outing. Like I said - it should not be rated an easy and it wasn't ideal for our family. Families with younger children should find another hike. It had rained the day before we went and the trails were more like creeks. We were up to our ankles in mud in places. I would advise you to avoid this trail after rainy conditions. This added to the difficulty, but even if it had been dry I would not rate this an easy. We saw lots of good scenery (along the river for some of it) and some wildlife (little orange salamanders) right on the trail. We met two guys who had hauled their kayaks for 1.5 miles in to the Diamond Brook bridge crossing. They reported that they were going to kayak down the brook then into the river for some Class 3 (?) kayaking. The trails are narrow in place with vegetation thick. Wear long pants. Due to the muddy conditions which slowed us considerably, we did not get to the end of the trail. We estimate we got 2.5 - 3 miles in before turning around.
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4/11/2009
encountered snow on trail.. hard going in spots but beautiful area. Plan to try this again after snow melts!
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Trail Information

North Creek
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
13.2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
7 hours
Duration
Winter
Season
1,772 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,165 feet
Top Elevation
NYS DEC Warrensburg Office
Local Contacts
USGS Bakers Mills
Local Maps