Wilderness Lakes Tract Trail

Stillwater, New York 12170

Wilderness Lakes Tract Trail

Wilderness Lakes Tract Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This is a route that would seem to be ideal for cross-country skiing, but in my observations it seems to be the snowshoers who visit this area the most. In 1990 the state acquired full title to a forestry parcel named the Wilderness Lakes Tract, an important acquisition because of the many ponds it contains. It also consolidated the state’s Forest Preserve holdings north of the Stillwater Reservoir. The land was heavily logged in the final years preceding state ownership, and the Wilderness Lakes Tract is crisscrossed by a series of wide logging roads that will be with us for years to come. However, despite certain aesthetic shortcomings, the area is a magnet for pond-hoppers—people who enjoy bouncing around the backcountry by traveling from one pond to the next. In the warmer half of the year, small pack canoes are the vehicle of choice, but in the winter you can get by with a much smaller load. A pair of snowshoes will suffice. While the bushwhacking possibilities are too numerous to list—just look at the map—there is a series of marked canoe carries that will take you into the heart of the area. Wait until the ponds have had a chance to freeze adequately, and go!"

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
5–7 hours
1,722 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,078 feet
Top Elevation
NYS DEC Lowville Office
Local Contacts
USGS Stillwater
Local Maps

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Oct 2018