Brown Tract Pond to Shallow Lake

MODERATE 2 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.

7 months ago

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

Saturday, October 12, 2013