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Pine Lake Primitive Area


Clear Pond -
Corner Pond

 

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This is the Clear Pond that is located in the newly named Pine Lake Primitive Area of the Adirondacks. This pond is located in the Central Adirondacks near Indian Lake, NY. Corner Pond is located close to Clear Pond. These two ponds do not see many visitors.

The Clear Pond Trail is marked with yellow DEC trail plastic discs. This hiking trail travels 0.5 miles to the scenic Clear Pond. The DEC trail sign says it's 0.3 miles (it's not). The trail climbs before descending to the pond. According to some maps the trail continues on to Corner Pond, about 0.5 miles away. We did not see any trace of a trail at the outlet of Clear Pond, just a tangle of brush (although we did not look very hard).

The first parking area is located along Chain Lakes Road South at a gate known as the Red Finch Gate. The GPS coordinates of the parking area is N43 49.018 W74 12.385 for those who have a GPS devise. The road is paved the first mile, then is dirt the rest of the way (except for a short section near the major parking area). The dirt road is not that rough and most vehicles should be able to drive along it. There is parking for about 4-5 vehicles at the first parking area.

In 2014 the DEC created a second, larger parking area 0.8 miles further up the dirt road at the former site of the Gooley Club House. The GPS coordinates are N43 82.751 W74 20.081 for those with a GPS devise. There is a seasonal parking area further north along the road near the start of the Clear Pond Trail. It's only open during Big Game Hunting Season.

 

Sign for Clear Pond Trail off the Chain of Lakes Road

Following yellow DEC discs for the Clear Pond Trail

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