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Mud Pond Mountain is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Long Lake, New York that features a lake 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.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 810 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Cross country skiing

Fishing

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

Mud Pond mountain is located in Cedarlands Conservation Easement Tract, Long Lake, NY. The 4,890-acre Cedarlands Conservation Easement Tract is part of the Conservation Easement Lands of the Adirondacks. A conservation easement is a partnership with the private landowner that allows public access while protecting open space by limiting development. The lands are currently privately owned by the Boy Scouts of America (Although at the time of this posting, they are currently up for sale). There is no public use of the adjacent Boy Scount Base Camp Area at this time. The central features of the area are two water bodies, Mud Pond and McRorie Lake (previously known as Rock Pond). There are also two prominent mountains, Mud Pond Mountain and Rock Pond Mountain. The public portion of the easement lands is divided into two areas. The 590-acre Mud Pond Area is open for public use year-round. While the 3,300-acre McRorie Lake Area is open to public use for ten months of the year. The area is closed to the public from June 24 to August 23. The public is not allowed to enter the gravel mining area in the Mud Pond Area. In order to get to Mud Pond Mountain, you will need to park in the designated parking and hike the 5.8 miles round trip. The trail is well marked. You will need to pay close attention for the Mud Pond Mountain trailhead marker to the summit on your left near the halfway point. The sign says "OA Trailhead" (Order of the Arrow) - a name the boy scouts gave to the mountain. Along the way, you will pass by Mud Pond and McRorie Lake outlet. The GPS coordinates / Route will take you all the way to the summit. However, there are coordinates for the Lookout as well.

Do not park anywhere except the designated parking area. This is all private property with a DEC issued easement through the property to the Mtn. Follow all directions.

If you are coming from Tupper Lake into Long Lake, take a left onto Kickerville Lane/ Rd just before the old Mobile station on the right. If you are coming from downtown Long Lake, head towards Tupper Lake and just as you are leaving town, before the old Mobile Station on the left, take a right onto Kickerville Lane / Rd. Follow the Kickerville Rd until you reach the old gatehouse (Stone house). This is where the pavement ends and dirt road (Private Road) begins. You will continue down the dirt road and cross a bridge over Big Brook (right after the bridge you will see a lean-to on the left). Continue until you see the signs for Public parking / Trailhead.

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Deb Halley
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Luca Richman
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HikingBugsGreat!Over grownPrivate property

This is a really nice trail even though you have to take an odd path to get there, and even though for a good portion of it, the trail is a wide, grassy road. All the way down Kickerville Road there is a continuation that's marked as private, which you must keep driving down, until you reach a parking area marked as public. From there, take a look at the map on the trail sign in box and you'll have a good idea of where to go. Follow the Mud Pond Launch trail, but once you get to the Mud Pond launch, do not turn to Mud Pond, keep going straight. The OA Trail marker is somewhat hidden and I overshot it initially, but it's on the left on the way in, once the trail is west of McRorie Lake. Once at the OA trail, it's a steep climb to the top with little respite. Once at the top, the summit is poorly marked. Once you reach an open rock area at the top, make a sharp left turn on what looks to be a trail, and you will find markers that lead to the summit, with great views of McRorie Lake, Mud Pond, and even some of Long Lake in the background. Good trail and not too difficult to follow the markings, but you definitely need to understand how the trail works and what to look out for beforehand.

James Houck
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Dan Knight
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In order to get to the summit you must: - drive to the parking area marked “private rd” - walk to a sign that says canoe launch - walk to the canoe launch which also is labeled “trail” - there is no trail - keep walking on the trail labeled “no public access” for a few miles until you get to a sign that says OA - that is the trail to the summit Despite horrible signage and confusion getting there I am eager to come back and try again knowing how to get there. We didn’t even make it to the summit because of my own error not knowing to take OA. Some signs would have made all the difference here.

Leslie Fanning
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Hiking

We didn’t end up going up the mountain but we hiked the overgrown road with our toddler and it was beautiful

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Donna Forward
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HikingBugsOver grown

Nice walk in the woods and well marked until....it wasn’t! All of a sudden there were no official markers and it was overgrown in spots. We followed pink ribbons and overshot the peak which is in the middle of the woods. There are some decent views from the rocks along the trail, but hard to get a clear view. The view will probably be nicer in the autumn when the leaves fall.

Marissa Brock
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Chris Topher
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getting to the mountain in the winter was a bit tricky because the road is marked as private but if you keep driving you eventually get to a parking spot that is labeled public. the trail to the base of the mountain is not labeled well at all and not traveled on much in the winter but once you get to the base the mountain is marked very well even though the trail is overgrown also very steep. all being said would still do it again, great views at the top

Chris Topher
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Shane Holmes
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Hiking
First to Review

This is like our 10th time hiking to this mountain. It never gets old. It is so secluded out here. So underused, what a shame. has some of the best views of the McRorie Lake, Mud Pond, Cedarlands, and the Long Lake area.

A Fox
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Ian Whittemore
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Sarah Stringfellow
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Wendy Kuceyeski
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