Brown Tract Pond to Shallow Lake

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Pigeon Lake Wilderness

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.

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 213 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

11 months ago

Many bugs in the areas with lots of water and mud. Nice winding trail through the woods with little white butterflies all around.

Mon Jul 30 2018

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

Wed Jul 04 2018

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.

Mon Nov 20 2017

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

Thu Jul 12 2018