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Hiking in Adirondack Park
Siamese Ponds Wilderness
This is long all day hike or a backpacking hike that explores a scenic low-elevation Central Adirondack forest, parallels the East Branch Sacandaga River, and visits a large wilderness pond. You'll be following a well worn path to this overly popular destination. The trailhead is located off NY 8, west of Speculator and north of Wells, on the way toward Wevertown. The GPS coordinates are N43 35.446 W74 05.436 for the parking area. The large parking area is known as the Eleventh Mountain Trailhead.
It is a 5.9 mile one way hike to Siamese Ponds. You are following blue NY DEC markers on this well worn path. The first part of this hike is a climb on the shoulder of Eleventh Mountain, After the climb the trail drops about 400 feet in elevation as you head toward the East Branch Sacandaga River. Remember that nice descent for your return trip, as you will be climbing on your way back to the trailhead. There is a bridge over Diamond Brook.
The next junction is about a mile ahead from the bridge where there is an old road on the left that ford the river and travels to Curtis Clearing. Soon after you reach a place called Burnt Shanty Clearing. The next junction is a fork in the trail is at 3.4 miles from the trailhead where you'll take the left fork. At 3.9 miles there is a well used lean to on the East Branch Sacandaga River. Here you cross the river on a suspension bridge and start your final two miles toward Siamese Ponds. The large pond has numerous tenting spots along the shoreline. This is a very long day hiking trip. Be sure you give yourself enough time to do this hike, unless you are planning an Adirondack backpacking overnight adventure/
Start of the trail and DEC sign at the Eleventh Mountain Trailhead
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