Cranberry Lake 50

The Cranberry Lake 50 is a recently developed 50 mile loop around Cranberry Lake in the western Adirondack region of New York. It spans two forest areas, the Five Ponds Wilderness and the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest.

If you're looking for peace and quiet you'll find it here. I spent three days completing this hike in late August of 2012 and only met other hikers on two of those days. Even then I can count the number of groups I encountered on the fingers of one hand.

Aside from the solitude there's the scenery. Most of it is the sort of quiet backwoods I've come to expect from New York forests. A few ponds, tall trees with winding trails - they're all very pleasant to walk through. But there's an even more epic vista hidden within these woods if you're willing to take a short diversion from the main loop to climb Cat Mountain. From there you'll get a magnificent southward view of the western Adirondacks and the Tug Hill beyond that.


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