Stewart Lake & Indian Lake

MODERATE 3 reviews

Stewart Lake & Indian Lake is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Caroga 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 best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.5 miles
626 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


trail running




This is a hidden gem of the Southern Adirondacks. It shares a trailhead with the immensely popular Kane Mountain. The trail is well-marked and easy to follow. It is a great way to see two secluded and peaceful lakes. Stewart Lake is easily visible from the trail at about 1 mile or so into the hike. The shoreline of Stewart Lake is surrounded by a bog and is only easily accessed if you bring waders or something similar. At the end of the journey you are brought to Indian Lake, which is one of the most peaceful spots in all the Southern Adirondacks. The trail ends at the shore of this scenic and untouched beauty. If you desire you could easily dip your feet in our even go for a swim. A great way to spend a few hours, especially when some other trails can get busier. This is also a great hike for those who wish to do a somewhat lengthier hike that offers relatively forgiving terrain and elevation.

2 months ago

I did this beautiful a hike a few years back. Really awesome hike, and the trail was in great shape. Stewart Lake was clearly visible but not accessible when I went due to the area around the shoreline being very wet. With the appropriate gear you could probably get to the water, or perhaps if you are adventurous and find a route around the other side of the lake. Indian Lake is simply spectacular. The trail just opens up the shore of the lake, and it's nothing but peace, quiet, and a beautiful lake with a small wooded mountain in the backdrop. What more could you want out of the Adirondacks?

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