Big Pine and Bog
From the trailhead you will be on a very flat trail which is perfect for the entire family. There are only a couple very small changes in elevation and those are quite gradual. 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. A faint herd path will bring you to the shore but be very respectful of the fragile environment. The floating bogs of the Adirondacks are very unstable. This is a neat place to visit if you want the extra distance; it lies only about a tenth mile away.
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. The trailhead is a bit tough to locate, but used frequently. South Shore Road is a dead end just past the trailhead, which is unmarked. A small pull-off on the right for 1-2 cars gives it away.
Distance Round Trip:
Elevation Gain or Loss:
Time Round Trip:
Family with Young Kids: 1.5 to 2 hours
Experienced Hiker: 1 to 2 hours
Out of Shape Hiker: 1.5 to 2 hours