Brown Tract Pond to Shallow Lake

MODERATE 5 reviews
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Brown Tract Pond to Shallow Lake is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Raquette Lake, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.3 miles
213 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips


trail running








old growth


Park near the shore of the upper pond (smaller of the two). There is ample parking for at least 8 cars or more. The trail head is clearly marked and you start off going along the shore of the upper pond and then cross a bridge over a beaver meadow that takes 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 it's way through heavy woods with lots of rocks and tree roots to trip you up if not careful and 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, as the water depth was over 4 feet today. After the foot bridge the ground is quite tricky in spots, I took a misstep on what looked like solid ground and sunk up to my knee in a peat bog that acted like quicksand. I got out of that and continued my trek to the lake. The trip to the lake was worth all the potential hazards. This is a beautiful spot and someone left a canoe on shore if you wish to paddle a little. Be on the alert for black bears, there are warnings up all over.

19 days ago

Great view of the lake. Lots of bugs. Easy hike but pay attention to roots.

1 month ago

Did this hike on an unusually hot Fourth of July. The description is very accurate. The first part of the hike is very easygoing. The trail to shallow lake becomes a little more difficult with exposed roots, some muddy patches and the bog. Here you will need to cross the small tributary using three long logs serving as the foot bridge to the other side. Once you cross the bridge you are a little more than halfway to the lake. Most of the trail is in beautiful wooded paths, the exception being the bog. We found the second half of the hike to be very buggy. The canoe mentioned in the description is now just shattered remnants lying near the shore. For whatever reason this does not appear to be a busy trail although we found it well maintained and clearly marked. We only saw one other family on the hike on this busy holiday in the Adirondacks. Overall it’s a pleasant hike if you can withstand the bugs.

8 months ago

beautiful area , nice hike , lots of wild flowers and wild life.

1 month ago

Saturday, October 12, 2013