Near Lake Placid in the Cranberry Lakes Region of Adirondack State Park, the Five Ponds Wilderness is know for deep snow from snow squalls rolling off Lake Ontario. This 107,00 acre wilderness has 40 mile of backcountry ski touring trails with shelters perfect for an overnight expedition. The main loop combines the High Falls Trail, Dead Creek Trail and Plains Trail. The Sand Hill Trail shares a portion of the route and leads to both Cat Mountain summit and to the namesake ponds.
To reach the Trailhead from the west end of Cranberry Lake on SR 3, head south on Wanakena Road for 2 miles. Just past Oswegatchie River, turn left on South Shore Road for 1/2 miles. Park at Dead Creek trailhead.
Overall, Five Ponds Wilderness is the 17th most popular cross country ski area of all 61 Nordic ski destinations in New York.