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Adirondack Park


Hammond Pond
Wild Forest

 

 

NOTE:  This information is based from the information gathered from the DEC plan available at the DEC website.  The info below is for just part of what will be the North Country Trail in the Adirondacks.

The Hammond Pond Wild Forest is located in the northeastern Adirondacks and the Lake Champlain Basin of Essex County. There are approximately 40,036 acres in this wild forest, which is situated in the Towns of Crown Point, Elizabethtown, Moriah, North Hudson, Schroon, Ticonderoga, and Westport. The DEC recently released a 2014 updated proposed route of the future NCT that differs somewhat from the 2007 original plan.

The North Country National Scenic Trail enters the Hammond Pond Wild Forest on its western boundary just north of the Hamlet of Schroon Lake and the Hamlet of Severance. The North Country National Scenic Trail passes under Interstate 87 via a highway underpass and crosses US 9 and continues on a future constructed new trail for approximately 3.4 miles.

The North Country National Scenic Trail will then intersect the Peaked Hill Trail. The North Country National Scenic Trail turns north following the Peaked Hill Trail to the summit of Peaked Hill. From the summit of Peaked Hill, the North Country National Scenic Trail heads northeast on future new trail for approximately 3.8 miles over the spectacular views on Owl Plate and then toward the Moose Mountain Pond Trail.

The North Country National Scenic Trail will intersect the Moose Mountain Pond Trail and head toward the Hammond Pond Trail with a trailhead on County Route 4. There is a small parking area already located at this future popular trailhead. The future NCT will now follow the Hammond Pond Trail toward Bloody Pond before heading east toward Bloody Mountain and Bald Peak, then into the Lyme Timber lands on a new future trail. After crossing through Lyme Timber lands, the North Country National Scenic Trail will travel along roads, with a short stretch of future trail to be built on Coot Hill then back along roads to reach the Crown Point State Historic Site on Lake Champlain.

The DEC plans to have nearly 30 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail pass through Hammond Pond Wild Forest.  There is only about 6 miles of trail currently available for hiking.  This will be a big challenge to get the trail to it's eastern terminus at Crown Point State Historic Site on Lake Champlain.

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