Low's Ridge is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tupper Lake, New York that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

Distance: 6.7 miles Elevation Gain: 675 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


cross country skiing


mountain biking

nature trips



bird watching




wild flowers



Low's Ridge is named after Abbot Augustus Low (died 1912), a Brooklyn native who ended up owning around 32,000 acres around the Bog River Flow. The remains of his lumber and sugar maple empire are all around this route and general area. This is an easy to moderate hike from Horseshoe lake along a wide dirt road followed by a short moderately steep climb to an exposed ridge which has stunning views over the Bog River Flow and Hitchen's Pond, Low's Lake, and the Adirondack Park. The RT distance is 7 miles. Just before the climb, you'll stop at Low's Upper Dam, which has a small waterfall and is a popular launching area for canoes and kayaks. Here you will also find the official trailhead and register. The hike to the ridge is 1.1 miles (moderate in steepness). No scrambling required, but it might be a workout to those in less shape. The trail starts where the dirt road is closed off by a gate. Follow a smooth level dirt road along a series of wetlands/bog / beaver flow and through woods until you reach Low's Upper Dam, remains of Low's buildings, and the official trailhead/register (see waypoints).

8 months ago

WOW. The views were absolutely stunning. Easy hike, moderate distance. Not that steep, in my opinion, compared to most hikes in the ADKs. And the vistas... incomparable. Would even be nice to ride a bike in on the road, then do the 1.1 miles to the overlook.

8 months ago

Really nice quick hike up 1.1 miles to a spectacular overlook. We left our canoes at the dam and really enjoyed this diversion!

10 months ago

There are 2 ways to do this trail- you can go for the 6.7 mile hike OR you can put in a kayak or canoe at the lower Low’s Dam and paddle to the portage, leave you kayak and hike the last 1.1 up to the ridge. This is my favorite way to do this trail- you get a little bit of everything, and the views from the top are spectacular!

Mon Jul 16 2018

We have been up this ridge a number of times in the past but always got there via canoe or kayak while we were camping/fishing. This is the first time visiting Lowe's Ridge (aka Hitchen's Pond overlook) via a hiking trail. The hike into Low's Ridge is an easy to moderate hike along a wide dirt road with lots of view of wetlands on both sides. There are even stunning views of Silver Lake Mountain and it amazing ledges. This is a must for any adventure seeker. From the ridge, you can see miles and miles of the Bog River and the Adirondack Park in general. You can even see Mt. Marcy on a clear day!

13 days ago

Fri Apr 12 2019

paddle sports
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