Dog Pond Loop
From the trailhead you will be on a very flat trail which is part of the Cranberry 50 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 which is the backside of this loop. Continue straight on a modest grade. About 200 feet of climbing will come into play as you hike over the shoulder of Hedgehog Mountain to the Hedgehog Pond Trail which comes in and makes a left, Hedgehog Pond is a short easy 0.2 miles away.
The trail continues to consist of undulating hills as you pass by East Inlet, Curtis Pond, Irish Pond, and then to the trail for Dog Pond. Dog Pond is a short distance down a secondary trail. There is a modest climb out from Dog Pond as you pass between Dog Pond and Bear Mountains. A long descent and more rolling hills will bring you to the short spur trail to Burntbridge pond and them back to Brandy Brook Flow and eventually the parking area.
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.
Distance Round Trip:
19.5 Miles, Loop
Time Round Trip:
Family with Young Kids: Not recommended
Experienced Hiker: This is a 2 to 3 day overnight excursion
Out of Shape Hiker: Not recommended