Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Saranac Lakes Wild Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with a nice view at the top. No mud. Not overgrown at all.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy out and back hike, Raquette (lake or river, not sure) at the end. Lean-to shelter at the end of trail for people boating down the river.

hiking
2 months ago

nice short uphill hike, good easy footing, nice view

mountain biking
2 months ago

We did the West section of the trail starting from Fish Creek Pond Campground and ending in Rollins Pond and took the road back. The trail was fun. Some sections have bridges made from pallets and they are just about rotted away. I would call it a medium difficulty mountain bike trail. We did bring kids and they did pretty good.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice payoff for low effort

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy hike down to the beach. We walked the trail in flip flops and another visitor made it with a walking cast on his leg. The beach is great for smaller kids - water is shallow for a long way out. Not many people on the beach (we went on a Tuesday) and lots of room to spread out. Biting flies were pretty bad, so make sure to pack bug spray. The parking lot was packed for Ampersand so you need to go early or get lucky to find parking.

hiking
3 months ago

Short and steep! Perfect way to stretch the legs after camping for a few days!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy walk to a big, quiet beach.

hiking
4 months ago

Short but nice hike with a good incline. Clearing at the top with a decent enough view considering how short it is. Took my kids (6,5) about 45 minutes. No mud and minimal bugs.

hiking
blowdown
4 months ago

Great quick hike to the Raquette River. It was alitlle buggy but it would be a great place to camp as there is a great fire pit and lean-to.

hiking
4 months ago

Short easy hike to a small very quiet sandy beach. Quite a lot of bugs! OK for a twenty minute or so stretch of the legs after driving.

hiking
4 months ago

Great short hike. View was great

hiking
5 months ago

If you’re looking for a nice short hike, this ones quick!

hiking
5 months ago

Completed on 6/15/19. For a short, steep hike it has a very nice view at the top. Took about an hour and 10 trip with a 20 minute stop at the top. Kid friendly.

hiking
5 months ago

For such a short scramble, really good views! Only about 40 mins round trip, with about 5-7 mins at the summit. Trail is hard to follow at the start, just look closely for the red markers.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing views. Quick hike but steep. If you’re looking to hike a mountain quick this one is great for that.

hiking
5 months ago

great and quick hike, could hear road noise almost all the way to the top but for a 52 min round trip hike right off the road, definitely happy to have done it.

completed 4/14/19. quick rd side stop with nice views. per others comments, markers a little lacking

hiking
blowdown
off trail
6 months ago

lI am not an experienced hiker but I think this one needs some trail maintenance. lost the trail after the second marker and went up completely off trail. It was a quick trip but good exercise. Any view of the Adirondacks is beautiful. Peaceful and quiet at the top.

A great place to swim on a hot day after hiking ampersand. The photos here of the summit view are only seen from the top of ampersand mountain, so be aware of this as it’s a little misleading.

hiking
Sat Oct 13 2018

Very nice, short hike with excellent rewards at the top! Gorgeous fall foliage views. Was overcast and spouting snow when we went but was still worth the short, sometimes steep, hike. Will definitely go back again. For those that care, there is an easy geocache by the parking lot!

walking
Wed Sep 05 2018

Not crowded, dog-friendly and clean water!

hiking
Mon Aug 13 2018

Short climb to a small clearing on the summit. Views in mainly one direction but peaceful at the top. Kid friendly more sandy than some but still steep in short stretches. You do get noise from the road but it’s still a nice accessible hike for those without much time or looking for multiple climbs in one day.

Sat Aug 04 2018

Very easy walk to a great, dog-friendly swimming beach

Thu Aug 02 2018

Short and easy hike to the lake. Nice views and a good place to swim after hiking Ampersand. Lots of mosquitoes though.

hiking
Thu Aug 02 2018

A nice short climb to a decent view. You never do get away from the road noise, though. 2.5 stars

hiking
Sat Jul 28 2018

This sign at the trail says .6 to the summit though I checked in at the sign and was on the summit at .4 and the round trip came in at .9.Was actually more challenging than I had anticipated for such a short distance though not much of a view at the summit.Had it taken longer I would have been disappointed but for a quick 30 min or so hike it’s ok

hiking
Thu Jul 26 2018

Super easy and nice trail. Did it with my 15 and 10 year olds, before you realize it your at the top. No real climbs or obstacles. View was nice but you can hear the car traffic all the way to the top. Parking across the road is a bit sketchy.

Short and sweet with some nice (but not particularly breathtaking) views at the top

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