Hamilton County

Hamilton County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. Its county seat is Lake Pleasant. It is one of only two counties that lie entirely within the Adirondack Park (Essex is the other). As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,836, making it the least populous county in New York. It is also the most sparsely populated county in the eastern half of the United States, with a population density of just over three people per square mile.

Hamilton County is in the north central part of the state, northwest of Albany. It lies entirely within Adirondack Park and consists mostly of publicly owned parkland. As the tourist folk will tell you, there is no permanent traffic light in the county.


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New York State
Auger Falls
Blue Mountain Lake Wild Forest
Blue Ridge Wilderness
Boreas Pond Tract
Essex Chain Lakes Complex
Fawn Lake
Indian Lake
Indian Lake, New York
Jessup River Wild Forest
Limekiln Lake
Limekiln Lake, NY
Moose River Plains
Northampton Campground
Sargent Ponds WF
Sargent Ponds Wild Forest
Siamese Pond Wilderness
Silver Lake Wilderness
Thirteenth Lake
Utowana Lake
West Canada Lake Wilderness
William C. Whitney Wilderness

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Map: John Pond Trail

Map: John Pond Trail

The Siamese Ponds Wilderness (SPW) is one of the larger Wilderness designated areas in the Adirondack Park. It extends some 24 miles north and south and 18 miles east and west and contains approximately 46,138.43 hectares (114,010.1 acres) of Forest Preserve lands. Associated with the SPW are the Dug Mountain, Forks Mountain and Chatiemac Primitive Areas. During the early part of the nineteenth century, logging became an important industry in the region, and most of the Wilderness was heavily cut over. Devastating fires at the turn of the century continued to significantly impact this natural resource.

Today, however, the area shows little evidence of these past impacts and has become known for its natural beauty. Popular points of interest include the Siamese Ponds that gave the area its name, Puffer Pond, Puffer Mountain, Chimney Mountain, Auger Falls, and Thirteenth Lake.


John Pond

"John Pond is reached via a former old road that travels to a lean to on the shore of a scenic pond. The start of the trail is reached via a maze of side roads in the outskirts of the small hamlet of Indian Lake. This is a pretty simple 2.2 mile hike to reach the pond that the whole family can enjoy. The pond is located in the very popular Siamese Ponds Wilderness in the central Adirondacks."

State Adds Marion River Carry To Adirondack Forest Preserve

"The state has added the historic Marion River carry to the Forest Preserve, ending a long-running dispute over the ownership of 216 parcels of land near the hamlet of Raquette Lake.
The deal secures a five-hundred-yard trail used by paddlers portaging between Utowana Lake and the Marion River. The carry is an essential part of a canoe route between Blue Mountain Lake and Raquette Lake.
The Open Space Institute bought the 296-acre parcel in 2012 for $2 million and transferred it to the state this year at no cost to the state.
Before OSI stepped in, the Marion River property faced the possibility of development, which might have cut off public access. But the OSI acquisition also offered a solution to a legal dispute dating back to the 1800s."

Map: Thirteenth Lake

Map: Thirteenth Lake

Two-mile long Thirteenth Lake is west of the North Creek and North River area and lies at the edge of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area. Most of the shoreline is state land – there is a little development at its eastern shore. From NY Route 28 in North River, take Thirteenth Lake Road for 3.5 miles, and turn right on a dirt road to the parking area. One does have to carry or wheel their canoe or kayak 150 yards along a smooth wide trail to the water’s edge passing by primitive campsites, outhouses, and a picnic area. The put-in is to the left of the register.


Map: Mitchell Pond Area

Map: Mitchell Pond Area

The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is located in the Towns of Webb and Ohio in Herkimer County and the Towns of Arietta, Inlet, Long Lake, Lake Pleasant and Morehouse in Hamilton County. Numerous lakes and streams, including a portion of the traditional Adirondack canoe route from Old Forge to Saranac Lake, the South Branch of the Moose River, the Cedar River Flow, as well as numerous lakes and ponds, provide for a variety of water based recreational activities. During winter months snowmobiling is the major activity in this unit. The Limekiln Lake‐Cedar River Road provides a connection between the hamlets of Inlet and Indian Lake. DEC also maintains several other roads in the unit, and provides numerous individual camping sites along this road system. This provides a type of outdoor recreation between that of a developed campground and primitive tent camping.

State closes Wakely Mountain trail and fire tower, citing safety

I thought they just restored the tower five years ago? Well, oops.

"New York state officials have closed a trail in the Adirondack Mountains until further notice because of safety concerns with the Wakely Mountain Fire Tower."

"The 92-foot tower was closed to public access last December because of structural problems, and the tower’s condition has since worsened."

"The Department of Environmental Conservation says there’s a chance the tower could collapse in heavy winds. DEC officials plan to make repairs as soon as possible to prevent a collapse."