Trail Descriptions

Trail Descriptions:

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Located in Tupper Lake NY, this FREE winter trail system connects the Tupper Lake Country Club with Big Tupper Ski Area. This dog friendly trail is groomed for Classic XC skiing, but there are also some skate lanes available on the wider sections. Snow shoeing is welcomed, but please stay to the sides of set XC tracks.

Golf Course Loop: Beginner: From the pro shop, this trail enters into the woods, and follows along the sides of fairways 9, 8 and 7. From there you have choices of trails to take, or continue along the edge of fairways 6,5 and 4 back to the pro shop. This is a nice gentle ski with wide open spaces along the edges of the fairways and only a few short hills. The total change in elevation is +55' (but since it's a loop it's downhill half way!)

Hull's Brook Trail:
Intermediate - Advanced: Added in the fall of 2015, this 1 km loop provides a challenging ski / snowshoe right at the start of the trails. Enter the main trail system by the sign in box. The first entrance to this loop is in about 300 yards on the left. The second is about 100 yards further.

Cranberry Pond Loop: Beginner - Intermediate: This trail breaks off of the Golf Course loop near the 7th Tee Box. From there, it follows the old logging road around Cranberry Pond. The trail between the golf course and junction "3" is very flat, and offers awesome views of Cranberry Pond and Big Tupper (see top photo). From "3" the trail makes a short but worthwhile loop with an overall 50' of vertical rise.

Little Logger Loop: Intermediate: This trail takes you from the backside of Cranberry Pond, to the "Big Corner" and back. This is an intermediate trail with about 100' of total elevation change. While the trail is more challenging, it goes through a quick study of Adirondack forests: From pond edge, to hardwood forest to spruce swamp to upper elevation hardwoods - all in 1 1/2 miles.

Big Tupper Trail: Intermediate: This trail takes you from the "Big Corner" to the parking area at Big Tupper Ski Area. This .6 mile stretch has been totally renovated for the 2011 season to be much more skier friendly. The net elevation change is less than 20' from the sign post at "9" to the parking lot ("11").

Skidder Trail: In 2010 we added a trail (from "6" to "7") that takes you across the top of several glades to the North of the trail that are ski-able with good snow coverage. In the fall of 2012, we widened this trail in anticipation of logging activity on the trails above. In 2013 we added another skid trail to this section - "Skidder Ridge". This new route has the same start and end points as Skidder, it just takes you along the ridge overlooking Cranberry Pond.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Lumberjack Scramble Feb 16th

On February 16 skiers of all ages and abilities are invited to the Cross Country Ski Center to have fun and race in the annual Lumberjack Scramble.

The event will take skiers through a beautiful course which includes unparalleled views of Cranberry Pond and Big Tupper Ski Area. The trails are finely groomed by a dedicated volunteer staff and tracks will be set. This is a classic race only; skating is not allowed.

Last year two dozen skiers from as far away as New Jersey took to the course and although the conditions weren’t at their best all agreed the race was fun and enjoyable. This year organizers hope for a larger crowd as the popularity of the trail system continues to grow.

Registration is $10 and begins at 8:45am however you can pre-register. There are four age groups. The Lollipop Loop is for skiers seven and under and is free for participants. Children age 7 to 12 will take to the golf course for a 3-kilometer race. And skiers age 13 and up will have the option of either skiing a 5-kilometer course or 10-kilometer course.

And be sure to stick around afterward for door prizes and hot chocolate.

More information can be found at or find on Facebook; Tupper Lake Groomed XC Trails or Town of Tupper Lake. Once again registration is $10 and check are payable to Town of Tupper Lake. The address is 120 Demars Blvd., Tupper Lake, NY 12986. Completed forms can also be emailed to If you have any questions call Mike Fritts – 518-359-8370.

The Tupper Lake Cross Country Trail System is a network of trails located at the municipal golf course. This venue is dog friendly and free of charge.

We hope to see you there!!!

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