Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Farm Access: We do not charge admission, but if you want to venture beyond the buildings to explore the farm (in designated areas), you’ll need an access pass. Backcountry Ponds:  The loop passes more than a half dozen ponds, not including frequent jaunts along the much larger Cranberry Lake and Oswegatchie River. The marshlands were all very unique and beautiful and so with the beaver ponds. Cranberry Lake 50 Overview. Trail Conditions Minor obstacles posing few problems. 1 month ago. My legs didn’t co operate the last couple of miles. Nearly every body of water along the loop features an official site with prime views over the water. Extremely well marked trail. Rain Gear: As noted above in the weather section, the Adirondacks see frequent rain and a dry forecast isn’t always dependable. Cranberry Lake, frequent small ponds, and the Oswegatchie River all beckon backpackers to stop and enjoy nature. Rain is commonplace in the Adirondacks. The route mostly utilizes already existing trail, creating a continuous loop around the lake. Be sure to pack some blister prevention and treatment kits. Contact: Cama Beach State Park (360) … Mountain Biking Cranberry Lake Add a review #14 of 1,206 mountain bike trails in Washington #986 in the world. Bug Protection: Biting insects thrive in the Adirondacks. Five Ponds Partners maintains a website providing necessary information for planning a trip on the Cranberry Lake 50 here, with a map and brochure here. Wanakena sits about nine miles from the town of Cranberry Lake and offers several trailheads that can best be found on the map here. Make sure you hike early because campsites get taken quickly. Five Ponds Wilderness:  At over 100,000 acres, the Ponds Wilderness covers an extensive area of true wilderness. Puget Sound and Islands. Even those less inclined to use treatment should carry something to treat water on this loop. Camping is also permitted anywhere along the trail not on private land as long as following the rules here. Clockwise seems to be the preferred direction. The Cranberry Lake area is one of the largest remote areas remaining in the state. Things to do near Cranberry Lake. From the drop-off shelter at the south end of the park’s parking area; take the trail left heading away from the shore. Plenty of water along the trail. My best advice would be to travel as light as possible (carry a Sawyer mini water filter, rather than liters of fresh). It is a beautiful trail with some views, lots of ponds and lakes, swamps, streams, rivers, and waterfalls. Starting in Wanakena and hiking clockwise leaves the beaver damage until the end of the loop and less time hiking with potentially saturated shoes. Besides being a wonderful place to go camping, this remote lake is home to a hike that will take you to the summit of Bear Mountain. It is worth noting that there are a few beaver dam crossings between Wanakena and High Falls, which tend to be muddy/difficult to get through without sinking a boot. So many different parts of the forest to see. Loons reside on many of these ponds and serenade hikers with their wail. Trails Illustrated Map 745: Old Forge/Oswegatchie also features most of the trail with mileage. South Bay Trail Bear paws, bear scat, beaver dams, overgrown trees, snakes, frogs, ponds and the coyotes in the night is what I witnessed for the three days. Trip Report By . A sweet little hike on Camano Island. After taking Bear Mountain Trail, take a dip in Cranberry lake … The loop offers a relaxing backpacking experience with frequent backcountry ponds, vast forests, and countless campsites on relatively gentle terrain. 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This trail was absolutely beautiful all the way around. Trip Report. To be a Fire Tower Challenge member, climb peaks topped with vintage fire towers in the Adirondacks and the Catskills. The trail length is not to be taken lightly. Always stubbing your toes on the roots. The Cranberry Lake 50, as its name implies, is a 50 mile hiking loop that circles its namesake lake. Did this as an ultra hike, completing the entire 51.12 mile loop in 22 hours and 25 minutes. Junctions are well signed with sign boards frequently located at trailheads. It features over 33 miles of hiking trails, two lean-tos and many boat only accessible free primitive campsites on the lake. I will be back to do all 50 and get The Fire Tower Challenge. 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