Hiking in Adirondack Park

Central Adirondacks Siamese Ponds Wilderness
Hiking in Adirondack Park
Central Adirondacks
Siamese Ponds Wilderness

John Pond


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John Pond is reached via a former old road that travels to a lean to on the shore of a scenic pond. The start of the trail is reached via a maze of side roads in the outskirts of the small hamlet of Indian Lake. This is a pretty simple 2.2 mile hike to reach the pond that the whole family can enjoy. The pond is located in the very popular Siamese Ponds Wilderness in the central Adirondacks.

The most difficult part of this hike might be finding the start of the trail for some. Look below for directions and GPS coordinates of the trailhead. The 2.2 mile hike is a well marked as you are following blue DEC plastic markers. The trail is so well defined that you really don't need to worker about markers. The DEC sign states it is three miles to the pond at the end of Wilderness Lane. There is a trail register near the start of the trail at the main parking area. You are following the obvious old road into the woods.

After a while the trail starts traveling parallel to John Pond Brook. At 1.2 miles there is a view as the brook goes through a meadow. The trail leaves Hamilton County and enters Warren County at 1.3 miles. There is a side trail at 1.6 miles on your left that travels to a couple of grave sites from 1897. At 1.7 miles the trail crosses the outlet to John Pond. At 1.8 miles reach the junction of the blue marked John Pond Crossover Trail on the right. There is a campsite just 0.2 miles away on this trail.

The trail begins to climb a bit and at 2.1 miles there is a side trail on the left that travels 100 feet to an old fish barrier dam. You'll reach the John Pond Lean To at 2.2 miles and the end of this hike. You might notice the old road continues on past the lean to, it travels to Clear Pond, although it is quite overgrown. There was talk about clearing and marking it. This would create an awesome loop hike, if the DEC decides to open up this new trail.

If you look across the pond you'll notice the prominent cliffs. There is a bushwhack to the John Pond Ridge that those who have good compass and map skills may want to attempt. There are amazing views from the cliffs on the ridge. Look below for some maps and a video of this great hike.

Directions: From the hamlet of Indian Lake, take NY 30 south. Turn left on County Route 4 aka Big Brook Road. Turn left on Starbuck Road. Starbuck Road turns into Lakeview Road. At the end of the road, reach Wilderness Lane. The trail to Clear Pond starts across from this junction. Turn right and follow Wilderness Lane to the end of the road, where there is a large snow plow turnaround. There is a dirt road that leads to a small parking area and the start of the John Pond Trail. The GPS coordinates are N43 44.003 W74 13.234 for end of Wilderness Lane.

Dirt road that leads to a small parking area at the snowplow turnaround

Sign at the grave sites

John Pond Lean To


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