Winter Overview and Trail Conditions:
From the trailhead you will be on a very flat cross-country ski/snowmobile trail. There is a slight climb to the intersection with the Bear Mountain Cross-over Trail on the right, remain straight. Continuing on a relatively flat passage you will have a few brook crossings before coming to an excellent viewing area out over Brandy Brook Flow, which is a long bay of Cranberry Lake.
The Burntbridge Pond Trail breaks off to the left in about 1.75 miles from Brandy Brook Flow. Straight will bring you further down the Shore of Cranberry Lake to Hedgehog Pond, Curtis Pond and Dog Pond. From here the trail continues to climb, but not too steep, but you will gain roughly 200 feet in elevation before slowly descending to a flat area that runs near and through a wetland. Pass by the right hand turn which is part of the Dog Pond Loop and continue straight. In about 1.25 miles you will come to the lean-to on Burntbridge Pond. This would be a perfect place to make camp for the night and ski out the next day.
Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:
~120-200 feet of elevation change
Approximate Time, Round Trip:
Family with Kids: Not recommended due to distance and conditions
Experienced Skier: 6 to 7 hours, best as an overnight
Out of Shape/Beginner Skier: Over 8 hours, best as an overnight
Distance Round Trip:
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 24-miles to Brandy Brook Trailhead on the left.
Difficulty: 1=beginner, 5=advanced
Three: Mainly due to distance, but conditions can be difficult too.
Additional Important Information:
Burntbridge Pond makes for a great overnight ski destination, and due to its long one day distance, it could be a really good idea.
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.