The trail starts out to be rather mellow following an old railroad grade (no ties) for quite some distance; only small gentle hills will bring you to the Shore of Cranberry Lake at Dead Creek Flow. You will make your way around Dead Creek Flow on another section of easy trail, with only a couple additional rolling hills to hike. A major left at the intersection will bring you to Janacks Landing. Heading left you will cross a long board walk and hike slightly uphill to the lean-to. This is a great place for a weekend getaway and with more trails in the area give ample opportunity for adventure, be sure to check out Cat Mountain.
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 0.75 miles to the trailhead parking on the right.
Distance Round Trip:
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Time Round Trip:
Family with Young Kids: 4 to 5 hours
Experienced Hiker: 2.5 to 3 hours
Out of Shape Hiker: 3 to 4 hours