High Rock is part of the High Falls Loop, but makes for a nice destination or overnight for the entire family.
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.
From the trailhead you will be on a very hike along an old railroad grade, you cross over Skate Creek a couple times but in some instances it can be very wet. Soon a wide tributary of the Oswegatchie River comes into view 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. There is ample camping in this location, so enjoy and extra day in the Five Ponds Wilderness.
- Distance: 7.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain or Loss: ~150’