Essex County Trails Cross Country Skiing

The 21st most popular XC Ski in New York.

Near Lake Placid in Adirondack State Park, the Essex County area has several good cross country ski trails including the following. In the Vanderwacker Wild Forest, check out the skiing on the 9 mile Irishtown Snowmobile Trail. In the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, try out the 6.5 mile Pine Pond Trail.

To reach the northern trailhead serving the Irishtown Trail from the intersection of Goodnow Rd. and SR 28N in Newcomb, go east on SR 28N for 5.2 miles. Turn left on CR 25 and go 1.3 miles. Go right on CR 2B and travel 4.2 miles. Parking is on the right. The road is just before Cheney Pond.

Overall, Essex County Trails is the 21st most popular cross country ski area of all 61 Nordic ski destinations in New York.

Essex County Trails Cross Country Skiing Map



Local Contact(s):  NY Tourism (800) CALL NYS; Essex Tourism (518) 523-2445; High Peaks Outfitter (Lake Placid); Adirondak Cross-Country Skiing by Dennis Conroy; Adirondak Ski Touring by Tony Goodwin.

Recommended Book:  "Basic Cross-Country Skiing" from J Scott McGee

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Base Camp:  Bark Eater Inn, Keene (518) 576-2221

Luxury Loding:  Friends Lake Inn (518) 494-4751; Mirror Lake Inn (518) 523-2544; Lake Placid Lodge (518) 523-2700

Breakfast Restaurant:  Upper Crust, Lake Placid

Reference Source:  click here

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  6/30/2016

ID:  7316

Essex County Trails Cross Country Skiing Map


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