Bog River Spring Backpacking
Enjoy a 2-day, 1-night backpacking loop along the lower Bog River near Tupper Lake. This is a trail that is still in the construction phase, although as of 2016 it was already in good enough shape to be explored by experienced hikers. We will be following the soon-to-be-completed trail network about 6.6 miles in length, seeing what's new, and camping at the spectacular Winding Falls. I've been coming here since 2007, but now is your chance to see this secluded area before it becomes discovered!
In addition to the main loop, there are two excellent side trails we will explore, assuming the early spring conditions are favorable. The longest is the excellent trail along Round Lake Stream, with close-up views of several cascades. This stream was once used by log drivers, with a few remaining features that tell the story of those days. This trail ends at the north end of Round Lake with its scenic campsites. This excursion is about 6 miles round-trip, but highly worth the trouble.
The second side trip is Split Rock Falls on the Bog River, just a short jaunt away from the campsite at Winding Falls. This is just 0.6 mile round-trip.
Photo: Winding Falls
Photo: Winding Falls Campsite
Photo: Cascade on Round Lake Stream
Hiking Distance: 6.6-mile loop over rolling terrain, with several small hills but no mountains. Portions of this trail may or may not yet be marked by DEC. Side trips may include Round Lake (6 miles round-trip) and Split Rock Falls (0.6 mile round-trip).
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Photo: Early spring at Round Lake
Risk Statement: While we never deliberately court dangerous situations, the exploration of wilderness areas implies personal risk, such as being injured in a remote area. By participating in any Adirondack Wilderness Explorer event, you agree to assume full responsibility for the personal safety and well being of yourself and your guests.
Seasonal Conditions: By mid-spring, the days are getting warmer, but snow and ice may still be present in shady locations. Biting insects such as mosquitoes and black flies may be starting to appear.
What to Bring:
Hamilton / St. Lawrence County, New York