The Kettle Trail is an out and back hike built for equine use. The other end of the trail will reach another access point along McColloms Road. The McColloms Road access is difficult for most cars to drive to, due to its poor conditions in areas.
From Slush Pond Road the trail starts out flat before starting a series of rolling hills. Along these rolling hills you will have the opportunity to overlook some kettle ponds, none of the kettle ponds you will see are right on the trail, you will need to make your way to them through the open forest.
The trail eventually meets up with an old woods road that follows along a property line to McColloms Road. The field before the woods road is an excellent spot to turn around.
From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 3 in Tupper Lake follow Route 3/30 toward Saranac Lake. Once Route 3 and Route 30 split take a left and follow Route 30 toward Fish Creeks. Stay on Route 30 and pass through Lake Clear and Paul Smiths. Roughly 3.8 miles past Paul Smiths College, locate Slush Pond Road on the left. The unmarked trailhead is about 0.5 miles down Slush Pond Road on the right.
Distance Round Trip:
Elevation Gain or Loss:
~100 feet to height-of-land
Time Round Trip:
Family with Young Kids: 3 to 4 hours
Experienced Hiker: 2 to 3 hours
Out of Shape Hiker: 3 to 4 hours