By Sierra McGivney
Whether you’re a weekend warrior or COVID-19 has left you with some free time, snowshoeing is fun for all ages and skill levels.
If you’re one of the lucky people who got snowshoes before they sold out, strap them on and head out into the Adirondack wilderness.
Below I’ve highlighted five articles that feature snowshoeing trails for all skill levels and are located all over the Adirondacks. Get started with planning a snowshoe trip to get out of the house and enjoy all the fresh powder. Don’t forget to pack layers, food and water. Winter weather can be brutal and change easily.
Stephan Williams, his son and friends go on a snowshoeing adventure in Hamilton County. The trail to Jockeybush Lake is 1.1 miles and only gains 240 feet in elevation. The group enjoys magnificent views of Jockeybush Lake while snowshoeing on this quiet trail. The trail is great for all skill levels and families. READ MORE
Sawyer Mountain is a 2.1 round-trip trail offering peace and quiet from the high-trafficked mountains of the High Peaks. Located off state Route 28 between Blue Mountain Lake and Indian Lake, Sawyer has a wilderness feel and 600-foot ascent. READ MORE
Owl Head Lookout
Owl Head Lookout is a classic Adirondack hike. Located in the Giant Mountain Wilderness of Keene, it’s 4.9 miles RT. The elevation gain is about 1,200 feet and features 360 views of surrounding mountains. Kristen Kimball and her husband snowshoe up on a brisk winter day. READ MORE
Four snowshoe delights
Bill Ingersoll grew up in the western Adirondack foothills and knows that winter is meant to be spent outside playing in the snow. Ingersoll shares four of his favorite snowshoe trails. The trails are rated intermediate, with mileage between 4 to 7 miles. Each trail offers their own unique features and views. From fire towers to ponds, this article has a trail for everyone. READ MORE
Another round-up of snowshoeing trails from Bill Ingersoll. These five trails are his personal favorite from his book “Snowshoe Routes: Adirondacks & Catskills.” The trails are more advanced and include places located in the backcountry. If you are looking for a bit of challenge with the opportunity to add your own twist to a day out snowshoeing, these trails are for you. READ MORE