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The Siamese Ponds Wilderness is one of the larger Wilderness areas in Adirondack Park. It contains approximately 114,010 acres of Forest Preserve lands. It is located in the Central Adirondacks, north of NY 8, east of NY 30 and south/west of NY 28. There are over eighty miles of hiking trails located in the Wilderness, making this a popular hiking destination.
During the early part of the nineteenth century, logging was the important industry in the region, and most of the Wilderness was heavily logged. Devastating fires at the turn of the 20th century continued to impact the area. Today the area shows little evidence of these past impacts and is a beautiful place to explore. The Siamese Ponds Wilderness is one of the most popular places to visit in Adirondack Park.
In the late 1980s there was a plan to build a footbridge over the East Branch Sacandaga River near the Shanty Brook Parking Area off NY 8. That plan was scrapped by the NY DEC as it was decided that a bridge would create too many visitors and was too costly. They wanted to give the southwestern part of the Wilderness a much more wild feel to it. Without the bridge, it is a difficult river crossing to reach this part of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness. This section has very few visitors and it is a very rugged area.
Thirteenth Lake has a small sand beach at the northern end that makes this area a popular spot for picnics, swimming and camping, with a few accessible campsites located along the accessible trail. There are many other nice campsites on this lake for those who are willing to backpack into the wilderness. This is also an overly popular trailhead for many of the hiking trails in the vicinity.
There are over eighty miles of hiking trails, although only about sixty miles of trails are marked. Many trails are not marked and do not get as much traffic as other marked trails. A good map, compass and/or GPS hand held device is recommended anytime you are hiking, especially in the rugged Siamese Ponds Wilderness. There are also popular bushwhacks (off trail) hikes to explore. We suggest investing in a Garmin eTrex Legend HCx Personal Navigator.
Accessible trail and campsite on Thirteenth Lake
Hiking Trails in Siamese Ponds Wilderness
John Pond Trail - (2.3 miles) from the parking area at the end of Starbuck Road to John Pond.
East Branch Trail - (11.1 miles) from the Wilderness boundary at Old Farm Road parking area through to NY 8 trailhead at Eleventh Mountain.
Siamese Ponds Trail - (2.6 miles) from intersection with East Branch Trail to Siamese Ponds.
West Puffer Pond Trail - (2.2 miles) from the Kings Flow Trailhead. This trail travels around the south side of Chimney Mountain and continues past the John Pond Crossover Trail until it ends at the western most lean-to on the shore of Puffer Pond.
East Puffer Pond Trail - (4.3 miles) from its intersection with the East Branch Trail near Old Farm Clearing west to Puffer Pond and its intersection with the West Puffer Pond Trail at the western most lean-to on Puffer Pond.
Chimney Mountain Trail - (1.0 miles) from Kings Flow Trailhead northeast to the top of Chimney Mountain. This is one of the most popular destinations in the Wilderness.
John Pond Crossover - (3.4 miles) from its intersection with the John Pond trail in the vicinity of “Little Canada” south to its intersection with the West Puffer Pond Trail.
John Mack Pond Trail - (4.0 miles) from shore of Indian Lake to John Mack Pond and continuing east to the north end of Long Pond.
Peaked Mountain Trail - (3.0 miles) from the parking area at north end of Thirteenth Lake to the top of Peaked Mountain. There are views north toward the high peaks region from this mountain.
Hour Pond Trail - (1.6 miles), from its intersection with the East Puffer Pond Trail to Hour Pond.
Second Pond Trail - (2.0 miles) from the trailhead off Chatiemac Lake Road to Second Pond.
Cisco Brook Trail aka Long Pond Trail - (2.8 miles) from the Cisco Brook Trailhead at the end of Elm Lake Road past the junction of the Kunjamuk Trail to Long Pond.
Kunjamuk Trail - (6.4 miles) the majority of this trail formed the “Old Kunjamuk Road.” This section of trail begins at its intersection with the Long Pond Trail and travels north east to its intersection with the State Land boundary north east of Round Pond. The last 1.2 miles of the Old Kunjamuk Road connect the trail from the Siamese Ponds Wilderness boundary to Big Brook Road. This section of trail crosses private property owned by International Paper Company, Inc. and state land in the Jessup River Wild Forest.
Auger Falls Trail - (1.2 miles) from the east side of NY 30 to Auger Falls (west side). This is a loop trail.
Auger Falls Road Trail - (2.0 miles) from Griffin the old road travels on the east side of Auger Falls.
Clear Pond Trail - (0.9 miles) from Starbuck Road to the north end of Clear Pond.
Forks Mountain Trail - (0.5 miles) from the end of the town road to private lands owned by International Paper.
William Blake Pond Trail - (3.0 miles) from the intersection with the East Branch Trail northeast along the foot of Balm of Gilead Mountain, southeast past William Blake Pond and continuing southeast past The Vly and out to the Barton Mine Road.
Balm of Gilead Mountain - (1.0 miles) from the intersection with the William Blake Pond path to the top of Balm of Gilead Mountain.
Shanty Brook Path - (3.0 miles) from the intersection of Shanty Brook and the East Branch of the Sacandaga River north along Shanty Brook and then west to Mud Ponds. To reach this trail requires a crossing of the East Branch Sacandaga River.
County Line Brook Path - (5.5 miles) from the intersection of County Line Brook and East Branch of the Sacandaga River north until the trail becomes indistinguishable. To reach this trail requires a crossing of the East Branch Sacandaga River.
Hour Pond Path - (1.5 miles) from the intersection with the Peaked Mountain Trail to the intersection with the Hour Pond Trail.
Extract Brook Path - (2.0 miles) follows Extract Brook north until the trail becomes indistinguishable. To reach this old road requires a crossing of the East Branch Sacandaga River.
Macomber Creek Path - (1.0 miles) follows Macomber Creek north from its junction with the Sacandaga River and Auger Falls Road Trail.
Bog Meadow Path - (4.0 miles) from the end of Edwards Hill Road northwest past Bog Meadow and continuing northwest and then southwest until the trail is no longer evident. This unmarked trail is an old farm road.
Puffer Pond Brook Path - (2.6 miles) this path begins on private property near Kings Flow and travels along the eastern shore of Kings Flow until it meets Puffer Pond Brook and then follows the brook to the western most lean-to on Puffer Pond.
Humphrey Mountain Path - (2.5 miles) from intersection with Puffer Pond Brook Path to the top of Humphrey Mountain. Heavy blow down near Humphrey Mountain has obstructed a portion of this path. The trail travels to an old open pit mine.
Botheration Pond Path - (3.0 miles) from Old Farm Clearing to Botheration Pond and on to the Halfway Brook Trail.
Halfway Brook Trail - (2.4 miles) from William Blake Pond to Barton Mines Road. Old trail that is hard to follow.
Curtis Clearing Path - (2.0 miles) from intersection with East Branch Trail to Curtis Clearing. This is an old farm road.
East Branch Gorge Path - (1.0 miles) begins due east of Barker Mountain off NY 8. The path first crosses Martha’s Brook and then crosses the East Branch of the Sacandaga River and continues north along the river.
Dug Mountain Brook Path - (0.3 miles) begins on the shore of Indian Lake and continues southeast along Dug Mountain Brook and ends at Dug Mountain Brook Falls.
North Country National Scenic Trail (FUTURE) - Nearly 24 miles of the future North Country Trail will pass through Siamese Ponds Wilderness. The future North Country Trail is scheduled to enter the wilderness following the Cisco Creek Trail. The crossing of the Kunjamuk River can be tricky at times, which future NCT thru hikers will have to be prepared for. See our NCT - Siamese Ponds Wilderness page to get an early look on the future North Country Trail in Siamese Ponds Wilderness.
East Branch Sacandaga River near Shanty Brook
Siamese Ponds Wilderness Trailheads & Parking Areas
John Pond Trailhead - Parking area for about five cars located at the end of Starbuck Road. The GPS coordinates are N43 43.988 W74 13.222.
Eleventh Mountain Trailhead - Large parking area off NY 8 for about 20 vehicles. This is the main parking area for the hike to Siamese Ponds. The GPS coordinates for the parking area is N43 35.424 W74 05.400.
Thirteenth Lake Trailhead - Parking area for about 15 vehicles located at the end of Thirteenth Lake Road. The parking area tends to fill up quickly on weekends, especially long weekends. The GPS coordinates of the parking area is N43 43.121 W74 07.100.
Old Farm Clearing Trailhead - Parking area for about 30 vehicles. Another popular parking area in the Thirteenth Lake area of Siamese Ponds Wilderness. The GPS coordinates of the parking area is N43 42.275 W74 07.055.
Chimney Mountain Trailhead - Parking area located on PRIVATE PROPERTY. Parking is available for a nominal fee. The GPS coordinates of the parking area is N43 41.263 W74 13.828.
Cisco Brook Trailhead - Parking area located near the end of Elm Lake Road on conservation easement land. Beware of rocks along the road with low clearance vehicles (take it slow). The GPS coordinates of the parking area is N43 36.159 W74 18.755.
Crotched Pond Trailhead - Parking area on Big Brook Road for trails that lead onto International Paper Property toward Crotched Pond as well as the Kunjamuk Trail. Many hikers use this trailhead for Round Pond. The GPS coordinates for this parking area is N43 42.304 W74 14.875.
Auger Falls Trailhead - Large parking area off NY 30 just north of the NY 8 junction. There are even some designated campsites located along this mammoth parking area. The parking area is not marked and can be easily missed. The GPS coordinates for this parking area is N43 28.222 W74 15.187.
Griffin Trailhead aka Auger Falls East - Small parking area for five cars that gives access to the Auger Falls Road Trail. The GPS coordinates of the parking area is N43 28.234 W74 13.476.
Second Pond Trailhead - There is parking for 2-3 vehicles along the shoulder of the road at the start of the trail. The GPS coordinates for the start of the trail is N43 38.698 W74 02.564.
Bog Meadow Trailhead - Located at the end of Edwards Hill Road. The GPS coordinates for the start of the trail is N43 37.762 W74 02.804.
Shanty Brook Trailhead - Located off NY 8. The GPS coordinates for this large parking area is N43 32.191 W74 08.449.
Destinations in Siamese Ponds Wilderness
Siamese Ponds Auger Falls Peaked Mountain Chimney Mountain Griffin Gorge Auger Falls Road Macomber Creek Extract Brook County Line Falls County Line Brook Buckhorn Mountain Corner Mountain Shanty Brook Path Shanty Cliffs on Blue Hills Mud Ponds Black Mountain Fox Lair East Branch Gorge Cook Brook Square Falls Mountain Curtis Clearing Eleventh Mountain Bog Meadow Second Pond Diamond Brook Macomber Mountain Rock Pond-Long Pond Long Pond Cliffs Hayes Flow Big Range Shingle Brook Valley John Mack Pond Crotched Pond Center Pond Clear Pond John Pond John Pond Ridge Round Pond Kunjamuk Road Trail Kings Flow Puffer Pond Humphrey Mountain Puffer Mountain Cliffs Prier Pond Ruby Mountain Thirteenth Lake The Hooper Mine William Blake Pond Balm of Gilead Mountain Old Farm Clearing Twin Ponds Buck Meadow Flow Botheration Pond East Branch Sacandaga River
Hour Pond Path at the Peaked Mountain Trail
View of the High Peaks from Peaked Mountain
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