With an extensive network of trails offering an unlimited variety of terrain and scenery, cross country skiing in North Warren and the surrounding area offers a great way to experience the beautiful winter landscape. We offer some of the best free trail and back-country skiing in the Adirondacks -- but if perfectly groomed trails are your taste, we've got plenty of those too.
In our back yard
Caroline Fish Memorial Trail
The Caroline Fish Memorial Trail is part of the Town of Chester Recreation Area. Operated by the town, the facility has a rope tow, lighted ski hill, ice skating rink, warming lodge, lighted cross-country trails and a toboggan run for the non-skiers -- and is free and open to the public. The parking area for the cross-country trails is a short drive past the main entrance (located on Route 8) on Landon Hill Rd.
Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area
The southern entrance to the extensive Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area is located at Beaver Pond Road near Brant Lake. The distance from the trail head to the tip of Pharaoh Lake, one of the largest lakes in the park, is 2.37 miles. This vast wilderness area offers 48 miles of trails '± this is back-country skiing at its best!
Gull Pond Trail and Spectacle Pond Trail
Located near Adirondack, NY, these relatively easy and short trails can be accessed from East Shore Road, which runs along the eastern side of Schroon Lake. Both trails lead through wooded forest to small ponds. Gull Pond has a section of cliffs overlooking the pond that afford a great view of Pharaoh Mountain. Spectacle Pond follows a small brook for a while before the trail verges off toward the pond, which offers its own impressive view of Pharaoh Mountain. Though these are fairly easy back-country skiing trails perfect for skiing and snowshoeing, weather conditions can increase the difficulty level.
Warren County Nordic Ski Trail System
Managed jointly by Warren County and the DEC, this trail system is groomed for single-track skiing and includes a wide range of terrain for all abilities. Depending on weather conditions you might be able to view the spectacular ice flows that form along this stretch of the Hudson River. Located in nearby Warrensburg, NY, the facility is free and open to the public. Visit the Warren County Parks and Recreation web site for more information.
Cross-Country Ski Centers (trail fees apply)
Friends Lake Inn Snowshoe Center Cross-Country Trails
Friends Lake Inn has 32 km of groomed trails for all abilities with set tracks and skating lanes. Lessons and rentals are available, as well as dining and overnight accommodations.
Gore Mountain has more than just downhill skiing. The facility includes 13 km of trails (some groomed), a base lodge with a cafeteria, lessons and rentals.
Cunningham's Ski Barn
Cunningham's has 40 km of trails (25 km groomed), with warming lodge, instruction, rentals and guided tours.
Garnet Hill Cross Country Ski Center
Located in North River, NY, Garnet Hill has 55 km of trails for all abilities that are groomed daily with set tracks and skating lanes and snowmaking when needed. There is also access to more than 100 km of backcountry skiing. Services include a ski shop with rentals, sales and repairs, lessons daily, guided tours, restaurant and lodging.