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Best trails in Five Ponds Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Five Ponds Wilderness, New York? AllTrails has 5 great forest trails, views trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Five Ponds Wilderness ranging from 6.7 to 52.8 miles and from 1,482 to 2,260 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Cranberry Lake Loop
Five Ponds Wilderness
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Length: 52.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
A 50 Mile loop trail circumnavigating Cranberry Lake in the Adirondack State Park.Show more
#2 - Low's Ridge
Five Ponds Wilderness
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 9 m
Low's Ridge is named after Abbot Augustus Low (died 1912), a Brooklyn native who ended up owning around 32,000 acres around the Bog River Flow. The remains of his lumber and sugar maple empire are all around this route and general area. This is an easy to moderate hike from Horseshoe lake along a wide dirt road followed by a short moderately steep climb to an exposed ridge which has stunning views over the Bog River Flow and Hitchen's Pond, Low's Lake, and the Adirondack Park. The RT distance is 7 miles. Just before the climb, you'll stop at Low's Upper Dam, which has a small waterfall and is a popular launching area for canoes and kayaks. Here you will also find the official trailhead and register. The hike to the ridge is 1.1 miles (moderate in steepness). No scrambling required, but it might be a workout to those in less shape. The trail starts where the dirt road is closed off by a gate. Follow a smooth level dirt road along a series of wetlands/bog / beaver flow and through woods until you reach Low's Upper Dam, remains of Low's buildings, and the official trailhead/register (see waypoints). Show more
#3 - High Falls Cat Mountain Trail
Five Ponds Wilderness
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Length: 19.2 mi • Est. 8 h 36 m
#4 - Cat Mountain Trail
Five Ponds Wilderness
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 4 h 59 m
#5 - Oswegatchie River to 41 High Rock
Five Ponds Wilderness
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Length: 7.3 mi