Discover Lost Pond Trail

An easy loop around a small pond with great opportunities for viewing wildlife.
2.10 miles, Round Trip
Cranberry Lake
Dirt/Forest Floor


The white-marked trail is easily followed and is shared with the Cranberry Lake 50 (which is marked with blue markers) for 0.4 miles. The trail is suitable for most ages and abilities. At 0.3 miles the trail passes an impressive cliff, with a boulder-field below. You can often find snow and ice in these rocks as late as in June. At 0.4-miles the Lost Pond Trail diverges from the CL50 trail and in another 0.2 miles, the loop section of the trail begins. The trail loops 0.9 miles around the pond and offers good opportunities for viewing wildlife and wetland plants. The forest alternates between softwoods and hardwoods and the trail is fairly dry. This trail was recently finished and interpretive signage will be added soon. After circling the pond, follow the trail you hiked in on back to the parking lot, 0.6 miles.

Other Information


This trail is part of the Great 8 Challenge. Learn more!





Trail Manager

For more information, contact:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Potsdam Sub-Office

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Potsdam Sub-Office
190 Outer Main Street - Suite 103
Potsdam, NY 13676
Phone: 315-265-3090
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Trail Tips

Do the Rock Walk
Try to walk on exposed rock, gravel, or snow rather than fragile vegetation like moss, lichen, and small shrubs.
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Trailhead Information

From NY-3 in Cranberry Lake, turn onto the South Columbian Rd. Continue for .25-miles to the NYS DEC Cranberry Lake boat launch parking lot on your right. The trailhead is at the back of the parking lot.

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August 16, 2022
We hiked the Lost Pond Trail on August 8, 2022. The trail started at the Cranberry Lake 50 trail. We hiked the first trail through forest. The trail was easy to hike because it was well maintained. After we complete the 24 hikes, we will likely return to this area.
July 03, 2022
Parking lot crowded, but don't be scared off, all but 2 vehicles were for hosting and not the trail.

An easy walk, occasionally wet but nothing impassible.

Slightly overgrown until you reach the pond, a few terrific viewing spots, benches at fairly short intervals and well marked.

Viewed cedar waxwing, tree swallows, Canada geese, chipmunks, and spent almost an hour just watching the beaver family happily eating lily pads.

Out of the 5 on this list we have visited so far, it's 2nd only to Indian Creek.
Will definitely be back.

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