High Rock Winter Ski
From the trailhead you will be on a very flat ski with Skate Creek on your left, which looks more like a snow covered field. Through here snowdrifts pile up and wind whips through the area. This section of trail is part of an old railroad grade, so its terrain is very flat, giving newbies to the sport some time to practice some kick and glide. You cross over Skate Creek a couple times with no issues and enter an attractive hardwood forest before a wide tributary of the Oswegatchie River open up the terrain again to your right.
The flat trail continues and eventually you will come to an area where you can see the Oswegatchie River off in the distance through the trees. High Rock comes soon after with an outstanding overlook above the river. The trail continues along and eventually comes to High Falls. See the High Falls Loop for more details.
Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:
Approximate Time, Round Trip:
Family with Kids: 4 to 5 hours
Experienced Skier: 3 to 3.5 hours
Out of Shape/Beginner Skier: 3.5 to 4 hours
Distance Round Trip:
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 0.25 miles to the trailhead parking on the right. You will have to walk back up the road for a couple hundred feet to the road on the left and walk this to its end, which is about 0.1 miles.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
Two: Mainly due to distance.
Additional Important Information:
This trail is part of a much longer trail system. Snowdrifts often cover the trail making for sporadic conditions in open areas.
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.