Gilbert Tract Loop
Below is described in a clockwise direction.
At the trailhead you will notice an old woods road on the left and right side, ignore the right and follow the left, which is the Gilbert Tract Trail. A short distance up the trail you will come to a trail register on your right. Just past the register the trail makes a hard left continuing on an old woods road. The trail then soon splits to make the lollipop loop. Heading in a clockwise direction drop down over the embankment and work your way over a narrow ski trail. As the forest tightens up the trail gets a bit narrow and crosses a small wood bridge before you have to ski to higher ground. At this point the trail remains narrow but is relatively flat. The trail will soon make a hard right and bring you onto an old woods road that you can kick and glide your way back to your car. Only a couple gentle changes in elevation will be between you and the trailhead.
Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:
~100 feet of elevation change
Approximate Time, Round Trip:
Family with Kids: 2 to 2.5 hours
Experienced Skier: 1 to 2 hours
Out of Shape/Beginner Skier: 2 to 3 hours
Distance Round Trip:
2.2 miles, loop
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 around 26 miles, just shy of the Village of Cranberry Lake to the trailhead on the left. There is no sign at the road, but a small parking area will be located there with a small sign on a tree to the left.
Difficulty: 1=beginner, 5=advanced
One: This is a very flat and easy ski, a great loop for the entire family.
Additional Important Information:
Should be skied clockwise to avoid a difficult descent through the trees
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.