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Best trails in Pigeon Lake Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Pigeon Lake Wilderness, New York? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, views trails, forest 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 3 moderate trails in Pigeon Lake Wilderness ranging from 4.3 to 8.7 miles and from 1,771 to 2,283 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Cascade Lake Trail
Pigeon Lake Wilderness
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 23 m
#2 - Ferd's Bog Trail
Pigeon Lake Wilderness
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 20 m
#3 - Queer Lake Trail
Pigeon Lake Wilderness
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 51 m
#4 - Brown Tract Pond to Shallow Lake
Pigeon Lake Wilderness
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
Park near the shore of the upper pond (the smaller of the two). There is ample parking for at least 8 cars or more. The trailhead is clearly marked, and you will start off by going along the shore of the upper pond and then cross a bridge over a beaver meadow that will take you to the lower pond path. Follow this path for about a mile and you will see a sign for the Shallow Lake trail on the left. The trail will wind its way through heavy woods with lots of rocks and tree roots to trip you up if not careful. You will see some magnificent boulders just a few feet into the trail. About half way through the trail you will have to cross a foot bridge over another beaver meadow, and if you're not careful you will get wet. After the foot bridge the ground is quite tricky in spots. Take care to not take a misstep on what looks like solid ground. You can sink up to your knees in a peat bog that acts like quicksand. The trip to the lake is worth all the potential hazards, but be on the alert for black bears as there are warnings up all over.Show more
#5 - West Mountain via Raquette Lake
Pigeon Lake Wilderness
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 4 h 48 m
This is one of at least two ways to reach West Mountain summit just west of Raquette Lake. This is a strenuous kayak/hike combo that includes a 9 mile paddle, 5.6 mile hike and two 0.4 mile ports. This is a strenuous paddle/hike combo that includes a 4.3 mile paddle across Raquette Lake (which can get rough) and a 2.8 miles hike (each way) up West mountain from a little known beach. You can access Raquette Lake from a canoe/kayak launch off of North Point Rd. The port from parking is approximately 0.4 miles to the waters edge. from this point you will paddle across Raquette Lake towards Sucker Brook Bay where you will find a beach with a trail head for West mountain. The trail to West mountain is moderate rising 1100 feet over 2.8 miles. The summit of West has an excellent view of Raquette Lake.Show more
#6 - Upper Pond to Sucker Brook Bay
Pigeon Lake Wilderness
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 3 h 49 m