Sardine Pond

This destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is highly recommended. When traveling off-trail you will experience hazards not realized on a trail, expect more difficult and varying conditions and always lean toward safety as a priority. 

Continue on foot past the gate and cross the Grass River. The trail continues and climbs steadily. Stay on the trail to the height-of-land and start a bushwhack up the steep banks of the unnamed summit on your left. Continue over the summit and down through a shallow draw. You will lose all elevation gained as you approach the ponds, but this is the best route due to extensive wetlands in the low lying areas. There are two distinctive ponds that should be visited. With extensive beaver activity there is much wildlife that could be seen and the birding is pretty good too. Retrace your steps back to the trail. 

Trailhead Location: 

From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in the Village of Tupper Lake follow Route 30 toward Long Lake. Continue to Route 421 on the right and follow here. Continue on 421 past the railroad tracks. Continue on the dirt roads until you can no further. The gate is located near the South Branch of the Grass River.     

Distance Round Trip:

2.5 Miles

Elevation Gain or Loss: 


Time Round Trip:  

Family with Young Kids:     Not recommended

Experienced Hiker:         2.5 to 3 hours

Out of Shape Hiker:     Not recommended