Winter Overview and Trail Conditions:
The trail starts out rather easily as it follows an old railroad grade for quite some distance; only small gentle hills will bring you to the Shore of Cranberry Lake. You will make your way around Dead Creek Flow on an easy trail and soon come to a major intersection. Left will bring you to Janacks Landing and straight is to Cat Mountain. Be sure to sign in and out at this trail register as well. Another mile of flat snowshoeing will bring you to another major intersection with High Falls; hang a left. You will pass by Glasby Pond on a narrow trail that skirts the shore, a few rolling hills will bring you to the final intersection with the Cat Mountain summit trail.
The summit trail starts the climb and finishes off the entire ascent. While there was some on the way in, most of it is in front of you. The summit offers outstanding views from its bald summit. A fire tower used to be located here, but now only a radio repeater exists.
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: Not recommended
Experienced Snowshoers: 5 to 6 hours
Out of Shape Snowshoers: 6 to 8 hours
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 0.6 miles to the trailhead parking on the right.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
Three: mainly due to distance of the snowshoe and lack of winter use.
Additional Important Information:
This trail gets used a bunch by cross-country skiers, please walk beside their tracks and not in them, to protect the condition of the tracks.