Big Pine Trail
From the trailhead you will be on a very flat snowshoe course which is perfect for the entire family. There are only a couple very small changes in elevation. A short downhill will bring you to a small brook crossing which will be of no issue. Past here the trail climbs a bit through some impressively tall pines. The Big Pine will be at the base of a very short spur trail on your right.
The trail continues at the spur and eventually brings you to a small floating bog on your left, which is a neat place to visit if you want the extra distance, it lies only about a tenth mile away.
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: 2 to 2.5 hours
Experienced Snowshoers: 1.5 to 2 hours
Out of Shape Snowshoers: 2 to 2.5 hours
From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in the Village of Tupper Lake follow Route 3 toward Cranberry Lake. Follow Route 3 for 33.4 miles to CR61 (Wanakena Road) on the left. Follow here and stay straight on the main road to South Shore Road. Follow South Shore Road for around 2-miles to the unmarked trailhead on the right.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
One: This is a flat trail with very little elevation change.
Additional Important Information:
The trailhead is a bit tough to locate, but used frequently. This frequent use can help you find the trailhead by locating tracks in the snow. South Shore Road is a dead end just past the trailhead, which is unmarked. A small pull-off on the right for about 1-car gives it away.
Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.