From the trailhead you will be on a very flat hike with a slight climb to the intersection with the Bear Mountain Cross-over Trail on the right. Continuing on a relatively flat course you will have a few brook crossings before coming to an excellent viewing area over Brandy Brook Flow.
The Burntbridge Pond trails breaks off to the left in this area, follow right and continue on an easy grade. A bit more climbing will come into play as you hike with Cranberry Lake to your right. In 2-miles from Brandy Brook Flow the Hedgehog Pond Trail comes in and makes a left. It is about a quarter of a mile to the pond.
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: Not recommended due to distance
Experienced Snowshoers: 5 to 6 hours
Out of Shape Snowshoers: 6 to 8 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 24-miles to Brandy Brook Trailhead on the left.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
Four: Mainly due to distance
Additional Important Information:
This is also designated a snowmobile trail, snowmobiles could be in the area, while not as frequent as other locations.
Snowshoeing over a frozen body of water is a hiking 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.