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Copperas Pond is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Placid, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, snowshoeing, and canoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.0 mi Elevation gain 354 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Snowshoeing Walking Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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A short trail walk with a beautiful hidden pond. There are actually two ponds and a marshy area that can be enjoyed after a very small walk. Copperas Pond and Owen can be done as an "In and Out" trail or as a loop that ends at the trailhead up the road.

parking across from trailhead

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Christina Lee
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HikingMuddyScramble

The trails was pretty easy once you got pass the rocky start and onto the path. Once you reach the pond it is gorgeous and untouched! My kids and I attempted to walk the trail over to Owens Pond but encountered a bear so we turned around. Regardless of that it was a great hike!!

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Samantha Nicoletti
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Lou Carvajal
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Randall DiGiuseppe
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HikingRocky

Packs a wallop for such a short trail, especially the rocky elevations gain in the first 0.3 miles. Lots of ankle rolling rocks along the way. Terrific views of the south and west of the pond. Looks like a great swimming pond in the summer and a choice fishing spot year round.

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Chad Stieb
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Sally Frank
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Enjoyed this hike but it definitely should not be marked easy especially if you have knee issues! Quite steep and rocky most of the way. The pond is beautiful and pristine. Lovely!

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Olivia Bonitatibus
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Pretty hike with a nice ascent in the beginning if you’re looking for something short to do. The light on Copperas pond was beautiful in the late afternoon

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Sudhir D
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short hike to an alpine setting

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Casey Fleming
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WalkingMuddyRocky

Took a gamble and brought the whole family. 3,6,9 yo boys. Little tough at spots for the little guy but overall went very well. Steep at points, but overall nothing crazy. Great views of ponds. Started out through Owens and looped around Copperas.

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Deborah Cooke
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Don’t rely on my star rating. We didn’t make it up. The climb up is not what we expected. It’s rather steep and rocky. Care needed with footfalls. Unfortunately we didn’t make it far. My husband twisted his knee and we had to come back down. Another time.

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Frank Galante
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Jon Van Valkenburg
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Brady Farnand
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More uphill and rocky than anticipated but it was awesome with our 3 year old twins. Was enough of a challenge to keep them engaged and having fun!

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Amy Surowiec
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Very well marked! We hiked to Copperus Pond first - the start is steep and rocky right away but then levels off with nice variety of trail bed. Copperus pond was great to let our dog swim and cool off a bit. Very pretty as well . We continued on to Owen Pond which was a wetter and at times muddy hike through marshes but again very picturesque with lots to look at. We didn’t stay long at Owen Pond. The trail follows along a quaint stream bed - part of the Ausable River? Really enjoyed the hike!! We hadn’t looked at a map well enough before the hike and do when we came to the road we walked the wrong way for a bit until we realized our error. Otherwise it’s not a far walk between the Owen pond trailhead and the Copperus pond trailhead.

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william hill
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Tatiana Samoilova
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We did a short 0.5 mi trail to Copperas Pond. It goes steady up the hill over rocks, so should definitely be upgraded to moderate as older people might find it difficult. It's definitely not lightly trafficked in August as lots of people come to the pond for swimming.. The pond is amazingly beautiful with deep clear water and jumping off cliffs is so much fun!

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Tessa Peoples
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HikingMuddyRocky

Short and steep but worth the effort.

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traci marr
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Little muddy on the trail. Water was beautiful!!

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Dani Thorn
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Trial is a bit rocky and steep at parts. But easy to navigate if your paying attention. Great trail for a dog!

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Fernando Garcia
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HikingBugsMuddy

A little muddy and buggy due to morning rain, but really nice moderately challenging short hike with beautiful pond views. Some people were swimming in Copperas Pond.

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Ursula La Trabajadora Social
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An awesome first day hike in the Adirondacks! You pass 2 ponds before reaching Copperas, don’t give up, even if it seems like the trail isn’t leading you there. Once you get there....omg...it is a gorgeous view, gorgeous place to swim, and jump off rocks. Bring floaties if you like, we didn’t, but saw so many people with them. The perfect place to float on all day long. A rating of 4 just because some parts of it can be very buggy, but bring bug spray! Enjoy!

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K O
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Started trail to Owen pond...could not find a good spot to swim or fish so headed to Cooperas. What a delight. Absolutely beautiful pond (seemed more like a lake) and scenery. Place to jump off rocks. Swimming was pristine...also fished. Packed a lunch...fabulous day. About hour hike in with stops.. spent 2.5 hrs swimming and jumping off the rocks!!

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Suzette Forte Doyle
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Definitely not an easy start! Steep incline and very rocky..... making footing challenging on the way back down. Should be upgraded in difficulty level.

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