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Boreas Ponds – Roads, trails, and beyond
The definitive guide to the new State lands
Boreas Ponds
Roads, trails, and beyond
The definitive guide to the new State lands
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The Boreas Ponds Tract has many miles of roads and trails to explore and lakes with stunning views of the Adirondack High Peaks. This new guide book provides detailed and accurate information on all areas of the Tract in a clear, easy to read format.

Dozens of roads and trails are described and a full atlas of the entire Boreas Ponds Tract is provided. In addition, practical information and location-specific safety tips are included. Backed by extensive on-the-ground research, this book provides everything you need to plan your adventure.

Hiking


The entire 30,000 acres of the Boreas Ponds Tract is open for hiking and there's lots to explore. This book has all the info you need for your hike:

  • Easy to read descrip­tions of all of the main roads and trails
    • Each includes an elevation profile and strip map
    • Water sources, camp sites, and privy locations
    • Fully cross-referenced
  • Detailed topographic maps
  • Suggested hikes
    Everything from easy day hikes to more challenging routes and multi-day trips
  • Off-trail hiking
    Suggested approaches to the surrounding peaks, maps, and GPS coordinates of key locations
  • Scenic areas
    Locations of views and scenic areas; many are easy to reach
  • Connections to the rest of the High Peaks
    Several routes are described connecting the Tract to the rest of the High Peaks

    Read more…

View over Boreas Ponds from West Shore Road
View over Boreas Ponds from West Shore Road
View from the Ledges on Ragged Mountain
View from the Ledges on Ragged Mountain

Camping



There are numerous opportunities for camping in the Boreas Ponds Tract including leantos, primitive tent sites, and road­side camping. Included in the book are:

  • Camp site locations both official and at-large
  • Water source and privy locations
  • Recommended sites
  • Future camp site and lean-to locations

Wolf Pond Lean-to
Wolf Pond Lean-to
Roadside campsite
Roadside campsite

Lakes and ponds



The Tract's lakes and ponds are the area's star attraction and can be explored both on the water and from the shore. Included in the book are:

  • Full page maps of the Boreas Ponds, LaBier Flow, and Wolf Pond
  • Canoe launch locations
  • Current and future camp site locations
  • Lakeside hiking trails
  • Scenic view points
  • Canoe rental information

Adirondack High Peaks over Boreas Ponds
Adirondack High Peaks over Boreas Ponds
Wolf Pond
Wolf Pond

Cycling, horseback riding, and skiing



Many of the roads in the Boreas Ponds Tract are currently open for bicycling and horseback riding with additional trails planned for the future. This book describes all of the roads that are currently open to bikes and horses. Routes that will exist in future are also mentioned. Areas that are officially open to bikes and horses but are difficult or impossible to traverse are indicated. The strip maps on each trail description clearly show which areas are open to bikes and horses.


The Boreas Ponds Tract has dozens of miles of roads that are suitable for skiing and this book describes them all. Elevation profiles of all the roads are included to help you choose the best route. The parking areas that are open in the winter are also listed.

Getting to the Tract


The Boreas Ponds Tract is easily reached from all parts of New York, New England, Québec, and Ontario. This book provides driving directions from all areas plus:

  • Parking locations with GPS coordinates
  • Roadside camp sites
  • State and commercial campgrounds
  • Canoe and ski rental locations
  • Other useful local services

Plus much more…




  • Rock climbing
    The Ragged Mountain cliffs are well-known and easy to reach.
  • Swimming
    Locations that are nice for swimming are listed.
  • History of the Boreas Ponds Tract

    A section on the history of the Tract is included and additional historical information is interspersed throughout the text If you're interested in exploring the Tract's past on the the ground, this book provides maps of former roads and dams including the route of the first road built into the Tract.

  • Future of the Tract

    The locations of future camp sites, lean-tos, and trails are described.

  • Practical information
    • Privy locations
    • GPS coordinates for many points of interest
    • Information on public access to private lands
    • Locations with cell phone service
    • Safety tips
    • Tips on dealing with dangerous or annoying animals
  • Easy to use
    • Fully cross-referenced
    • Icons throughout the text help you quickly find what you're looking for
    • All distances and elevations given in both US customary units and in metric
    • Glossary of terms
    • Complete index of text and maps