Ward Brook Trail to #4 Lean-to

This route is a mix of horse trails, old logging roads, and hilly terrain. A long ski which ends at lean-tos for fine winter camping.

Cross-Country Skiing

From the trailhead start your ski along an old woods road; wide and flat. After a short climb take a left at the horse trail intersection and continue along the foot trail. There are a few hills to contend with before you come to another horse trail intersection (old woods road), head straight and continue on the narrower foot trail. Rolling hills is what you will have throughout the ski, only a couple of those rolling hills can pose a decent little challenge, but most are a blast.


Eventually you will pop out onto the Ward Brook Truck Trail which is wide and relatively flay. It will remain this way to the #4 lean-tos.


From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 3 in Tupper Lake follow Route 3/30 toward Saranac Lake. Continue To Coreys Road on the right. Follow Coreys Road for 5.25 miles to the trailhead parking lot on the right.

Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination

~520 feet gain

Approximate Time, Round Trip

Family with Kids: Not recommended

Experienced Skier: 5 to 6 hours

Out of Shape/Beginner Skier: Not recommended

Distance Round Trip

12.25 miles

Difficulty: 1=beginner, 5=advanced

Three: Mainly due to distance, but there are some tricky downhill sections with rocky outcroppings trailside boulders

Please note

In winter there are occasions when the road past the Raquette Falls Trailhead could be closed, unplowed, icy or impassable. There are some steep hills past the Raquette Falls Trailhead and could be dangerous in winter for vehicle travel. Please use road with caution or ski the three mile road approach to the trailhead.