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Hiking in Adirondack Park
West Central Adirondacks
West Canada Lakes Wilderness
Otter Lake is in the 168,920 acre West Canada Lakes Wilderness located in the west central section of Adirondack Park. This small lake is remote, although the 1.75 mile trail is located off Jessup River Road. There is no sign for the trailhead and most people drive right by on their way to the Spruce Lake Parking Area, located at the end of Jessup River Road. You will probably not see anyone else on this hiking adventure. The lake is at an elevation of 2264 feet. The overall elevation gain for this 1.75 mile hike to the lake is 311 feet.
The trail starts off seasonal dirt Jessup River Road, about 12 miles from NY 30. There is a grassy side dirt road on your right, about 0.1 miles from the second bridge over the Jessup River. The GPS coordinates of the junction of the grassy road/Jessup River Road is N43 31.573 W74 33.298 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle. There is no signs marking the road or the trail. There is very little parking along Jessup River Road here. The grassy lane travels about 500 feet before you reach a barrier. There is some parking here.
Start your hike by passing by the barrier and continue to follow the old road through an open area that once was a logging operations staging area. After crossing another open logging staging area, you'll cross a stream on rocks at 0.6 miles from Jessup River Road. The road is at times hard to follow but eventually you will start to follow the outlet of Otter Lake. At 1.75 miles from Jessup River Road you will reach Otter Lake. Then old road actually continues to the French Louie Trail, however it soon fades away and is completely overgrown.
Grassy Road off Jessup River Road
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