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West Branch Oswegatchie Headwaters Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews

West Branch Oswegatchie Headwaters Trail is a 8.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Croghan, New York and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from December until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.4 miles Elevation Gain: 419 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly





over grown
washed out
7 months ago

Thu Nov 22 2018

Would’ve been a great trail run had the first mile not been ruined by logging. Suggest to either download the map or pay special attention to the trail on the way back. It is very easy to get on the wrong logging trail if you are not looking up. Notes: Trail Run was done on Oct 4th.

Thu Aug 23 2018

Lower trail ruined by logging. After mile 1 ok.

Thu Aug 09 2018

A quick detour at the beginning gets you a nice waterfall. Back on the trail there are several bog areas that a real challenge to get across from miles 2 to 4. Odds are you will get wet. Views of Jake’s pond are fantastic. Lots of bear scat. Lots of interesting and varied scenery from woods, ponds, flowing water.

Fri Oct 20 2017

Approx 2 miles in (after 2 bridge), I ran across an area of water I could not cross. Had to turn around because water was too high. Tried to go around without success. Need a bridge here. No bugs, great temp.

Sun May 07 2017

This trail is now marked by the DEC as "Jake's Pond". Hiked this yesterday in the rain. The combination of abundant precipitation these past few weeks and a full snowpack this winter proved to make this a challenging hike for us. We traversed over 50 water obstacles in addition to the improved river crossings established by the DEC. One rudimentary bridge was partially submerged but we made it over nonetheless. The great thing about the cool temps and persistent rain was there were no bugs! We fell short of making it to the Pond as about 1/2 mile out from the pond was awash by a flooded bog with the arcane log crossing being 12" underwater. We were bummed to turn around, but grateful for 7 miles or so round trip in the less traveled Adirdonack woodlands. We enjoyed the smell of hemlocks , the views of several old growth White Pines and Black Cherries as well as the occasional companionship of chickadees. A wood duck, British soldier lichen, bear scat, owl pellets, spring peepers, and a pair of wood thrushes serenading the woodlands were the trip highlights. Tip- waterproof hiking boots a must for this trip.

Mon Apr 23 2012

Nice Bugs I was told by a old timer ,that 5 of those flying bugs get together they will fly away with you. this trail is for the hardy hiker there are some tuff spots.