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Newcomb: Fun in the outdoors

January 29, 2013
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Newcomb, in western Essex County, is "The heart of the Adirondacks." Located in the geographical center of the Adirondack Park, the town is rich in history, natural beauty and includes the head waters of the Hudson River. Although small in population, Newcomb offers big adventures for the whole family.


Ski slope

Located on the Goodnow Flow Road, the town provides a well-groomed supervised beginner/intermediate ski slope with a T-bar. The ski slope is open (weather permitting) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. The town's skating rink is located on Marcy Rd. and has a changing hut, skates and is lighted for evening use.

Visit Newcomb's website at or call 518-582-3211.


Snowmobile trail now open

The new 25-mile snowmobile link now offers sledders the opportunity to reach Indian Lake from Newcomb. The new loop known as Trail 538 will enable you to reach Indian Lake and continue on to Inlet, Raquette Lake, Long Lake and back to Newcomb - a total of 130 miles of groomed trails which require no permits.



Lake Harris also provides snowmobilers with a beautiful ride. Please use caution as the inlet on the western end of the lake and the outlet to the east (where the lake joins the Hudson) are not often frozen.


Great Camp Santanoni

Snowshoe or ski - Beginner

Distance: Farm Complex - 2 miles RT

Great Camp - 10 miles RT


Moose Pond

(14 miles roundtrip)

The Santanoni Preserve is located on Newcomb Lake Road just off state Route 28N. There is ample parking just above the Gate Lodge. This is a popular and well used trail that does not allow any motorized vehicles. A connector trail opened in 2007 that links this trail to the Adirondack Interpretive Center.


Mount Adams

Snowshoe or ski -?Advanced

Distance: 4.76 miles RT Elevation gain: 1800 ft.

Travel east on 28N to County Road 84 turning left on CR 25 to the parking lot just beyond the MacIntyre Blast Furnace. Follow the yellow DEC markers. After one mile, you will reach the old observer's cabin. This cabin is the only example left of its type in the Adirondacks and is currently being renovated by volunteers. The trail continues left about 300 feet past the cabin.


Goodnow Mountain

Snowshoe or ski - Intermediate

Distance: 3.8 miles RT - Elevation gain: 1050 ft.

This trail is owned and maintained by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and is part of the Huntington Wildlife Forest. You can find the trailhead on State Route 28N, about 1.6 miles west of the Adirondack Interpretive Center. Incredible views of the High Peaks and surrounding area can be seen from the restored fire tower at its summit.


Adirondack Interpretive Center

Snowshoe or ski -


Distance: Rich Lake Trail - .06 miles RT

Peninsula Trail - 1.5 miles RT

Sucker Brook Trail -1 mile RT

Sage Trail 2 miles RT -?connects to Santanoni Preserve

Winter wildlife viewing opportunities abound at the AIC. From winter birds at the Center's feeders to tracks and mammals along trails and streams, four family-friendly trails lead you through various mixed habitats including wetlands, old-growth conifer and mixed deciduous forest stands and riparian areas. Trails are open every day dawn to dusk. Snowshoes are available at the front desk and a small donation for their upkeep is appreciated. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit their website,


Henderson Lake, Preston Ponds and Duck Hole

Snowshoe or ski -?Advanced

Distance: Henderson Lake turnoff - .25 miles

Preston Ponds turnoff - 1.5 miles

Upper Preston Pond -?1.75 miles

Indian Pass -?4.5 miles

Duck Hole - 7 miles

Mount Marcy - 10 miles

Henderson Lake is a gem that has been recently opened to the public. If you are planning on going out to Duck Hole, note that it may take 4 hours (one way) with some bushwacking and climbing involved. The trailhead is located at the end of County Road 25. Follow signs for the High Peaks Wilderness Area.


Lake Colden and Avalanche Pass

Snowshoe or ski - Advanced

Distance: Flowed Lands -?4.7 miles

Lake Colden Dam - 5.7 miles

Adirondak Loj - 12 miles

This is one of the premier ski trips in the Adirondacks and is recommended for intermediate to advanced skiers. If you go through to the Loj, you can book a night there and return to the Upper Works the next day or you can park a car at each end. The trailhead is located at the end of CR25. Follow signs for the High Peaks Wilderness Area.



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