Snowshoeing in the Champlain Valley

Make tracks on the Adirondack Coast

During the winter season the Lake Champlain's hiking trails and vast fields are covered in snow, just waiting for you to explore. Strap on your snowshoes or step into your cross-country skis and explore the beautiful wooded trails of the Lake Champlain Region. If you're looking for a lot of wide-open space, hit the frozen lake for miles and miles of undisturbed terrain.

Choose your trail — or lake

Head to one of the region's state parks for a variety of terrain or ski, skate, or fish on frozen Lake Champlain. The crisp Adirondack air will definitely wake you up, and the fresh, snow-covered landscape will have you snapping picture after picture along the way.

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

In winter, it is especially important to come prepared and practice ways to Love Your ADK; the best way to avoid emergencies is to properly plan and prepare for your trip.

http://loveyouradk.org/pledge

Rattlesnake Mountain

The Rattlesnake Mountain trail is closed until further notice at the request of the private land owner. 

This mountain is well-known for offering great "value for effort."...

Location: 
4525 NYS Route 22 (across the road), Willsboro, 12996
  
Blueberry Cobbles

This aptly-named mountain is the first summit on the East Trail to Rocky Peak and Giant at 1.9 miles from Rt. 9.

How to get there

Head south on Route 9 from Elizabethtown. Continue...

Location: 
Route 9, New Russia, 12932
  
Beaver Flow Trail

The Beaver Flow Trail is a flat, easy snowshoe route that meanders through a mixed forest and runs parallel to a small waterway. There's a house-sized boulder near the end and lots of beaver...

Location: 
Cook Rd/Walker Rd, Essex, 12936
  
Owl Head Lookout

Hiking

Giant via Hopkins -The trail from the summit of Hopkins Mountain to the summit of Giant is Mountain extends 3.2 miles and ascends more than 1,600 feet. The trail joins the North...

Location: 
6475 U.S. 9, New Russia, 12932
  
Wickham Marsh Wildlife Area

This is a great place for hiking, birding, cross- country skiing, and snowshoeing! There is also a wheelchair accessible trail.

How to get there

There are three locations where you...

Location: 
154-166 Soper Rd
Giddings Road Trailhead, Keeseville, 12944
  
Boquet River Nature Preserve Trail

This quiet path through the forests of Willsboro is perfect for an afternoon stroll in any season! Plus, it has a universal access loop that all can enjoy!

How to get there

Parking...

Location: 
Library Street/Willsboro boat launch, Willsboro, 12996
  
Mountain Spring Road Trail

The Mountain Spring Road Trail is an easy, 8-mile-loop that follows a seasonal road through the Adirondack foothills, known as the West Champlain Hills, to Mineville.

How to get there...

Location: 
Stevenson Road
POB 193, Westport, 12993
  
LaChute River Walk

Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.

Hiking

This is an easy walk.

Snowshoeing

This level...

Location: 
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Riverside Trail

This is another fine trail in the CATS trail system.

Getting there

Mountain View Drive, 1.5 mi south of Route 22 in Willsboro.

By the numbers

1.2 mile loop, easy....

Location: 
624 Mountain View Drive, Willsboro, 12996
  
Split Rock Wildway

The Split Rock Wildway is a "wildlife corridor" between Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.

Getting there

The trailhead is on Brookfield Road in Essex, NY - just a quarter...

Location: 
Brookfield Road, Essex, 12936
  
Grizzle Ocean Loop

Hiking

From the trailhead, you will follow a nice flat trail that passes by Putnam Pond to your right. The trail soon turns into a short, moderate climb before reaching a rather long...

Location: 
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Belfry Mountain

Known as the easiest fire tower in the Adirondacks, Belfry is excellent for any age or skill level. While this entire climb is uphill along an access road to the tower, it is very easy and has...

Location: 
729 County Hwy 7C, Mineville, 12956
  
Rocky Peak Ridge

Rocky Peak Ridge offers outstanding views from its summit, and it is usually less crowded than its larger, more accessible neighbor, Giant. The trail from the east is said to be one of the finest...

Location: 
Route 9, New Russia, 12932
  
Hurricane Mountain

This is a wonderful open peak with a fire tower that is being restored and can now be climbed, even though the tower is not needed for some of the best views in the High Peaks. There are three...

Location: 
Route 9N, Keene, 12942
  
Wildway Passage Trail

This scenic, easy walk is perfect for anyone. Be advised there may be trail closures in the area around hunting season. Check the CATS website for the latest info.

Getting there

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Location: 
Angier Hill Road, Westport, 12993
  
Poke-O-Moonshine

Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain has a commanding summit view which gets even better when the fire tower is open. There's 360 degree views of the High Peaks and Green Mountains in Vermont, Lake Champlain...

Location: 
Route 9, Keeseville, 12944
  
Woods & Swale Trail

The Woods and Swale Trail gently goes up and down through an old forest, then it continues through a pine plantation, skirts the wet swale, and traverses the side of a hill to the north trailhead...

Location: 
Sherman Road, Westport, 12993
  
Bobcat Trail Snowshoe

The easy trail trail goes through a meadow, winds through mixed forest, and ends at another meadow. It joins the ...

Location: 
Walker Road/Sayre Road, Westport, 12993
  
Blueberry Hill Trails

The Blueberry Hill Trails are located in the Town of Elizabethtown and were built for hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing. There are several other...

Location: 
Lords Road, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Middle Mountain

This summit is not on a developed or mapped trail system, so the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is highly recommended. Expect hazards not found on a maintained trail, more...

Location: 
Jabe Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Giant Mountain

Giant is a shortened name for the peak that was originally called Giant of the Valley, and that's exactly what it is — a huge landmass that towers over Keene Valley and the surrounding lowlands. ...

Location: 
Route 9, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Crane Pond

Crane Pond is a beautiful gem in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. 

How to get there

Take Route 74 from Ticonderoga to Route 9. Follow Route 9 south, toward Schroon Lake. In just over a...

Location: 
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Crown Point State Historic Site

The historic Crown Point is definitely a "don't miss" stop in the Lake Champlain Region! 

The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission fee at museum.

Grounds are open from...

Location: 
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point, 12928
  
Hidden Quarry Trail Snowshoe

Explore the hidden quarry! This loop trail explores two delightful little forest areas and a field, with old cement structures from the turn of the previous century.

Hidden Quarry...

Location: 
Route 22, Westport, 12993