Floodwood Loop Trail
This loop is not aggressive because of difficult terrain but rather the lack of use and overall distance. The loop is a designated snowmobile trail but only about half of it gets serious use. You start out on what appears to be a well-used trail, but soon see that the snowmobiles will leave the trail and end up on the frozen ponds for easier travel. The trail gets very narrow past Floodwood Pond as it enters the dense forest. Soon you will pass by Little Square Pond and follow the course of Fish Creek down to the State Campground. Once you hit the state campground road take a left and follow for a couple hundred feet to where the trail re-enters the woods, you are now on the back portion.
The back portion gets much less attention requiring the skier to often break trail for themselves. However, the trail does pass by numerous attractive bodies of water offering outstanding vista. The terrain the back section is very mellow with only a couple small hills to traverse. You will end the back portion of the loop at Floodwood Road. Take a left and follow Floodwood Road back to the start. You may be able to ski the roadside, but often its too sandy to skis, it may be required that you walk the scenic mile back to your car.
Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:
Roughly 200-300 feet over the course of the loop
Approximate Time, Round Trip:
Family with Kids: Not recommended
Experienced Skier: 3 to 4 hours
Out of Shape/Beginner Skier: 4 to 5 hours
Distance Round Trip:
7.4 miles, Loop
From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 3 in Tupper Lake follow Route 3/30 toward Saranac Lake. Where Route 3 and Route 30 split; follow Route 30 toward Fish Creek. Continue for 9 miles to Floodwood Road on the left. Turn down Floodwood Road and drive 3.1 miles to the western trailhead of the loop (just past Middle Pond)
Difficulty: 1=beginner, 5=advanced
Four: Mainly due to distance and infrequent use.
Additional Important Information:
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.