Welcome to the Cranberry Lake 50!
Cranberry Lake and the lands that surround it provide some of the best hiking, biking, paddling, fishing, skiing and camping experiences available in the northeastern United States. This corner of the Adirondack Park in Northern New York state is rich in forests, water, wildlife, peace and natural beauty. The Cranberry Lake 50 (a 50-mile circumnavigation of Cranberry Lake) is the perfect way to experience it all. In Cranberry Lake you will find authentic wilderness and you will connect to nature in way that is increasingly difficult in the northeast, if not the world. The Cranberry Lake 50 will guide you through this wilderness, through old-growth forests, past back country ponds, across a fascinatingly glaciated landscape, to peaceful campsites, a rejuvenated spirit, a laudable achievement and a memorable adventure.
It’s not all about wilderness. The CL50 will also expose you to a community, a culture and a way of life common throughout the Adirondacks. You will pass through two ‘trail towns’ (historically and presently very small, nature-connected hamlets). Your adventure brings purpose to these towns, as similar outdoor pursuits have for well over 100 years. The CL50 is designed to welcome you to this area and encourage you to return.
Most visitors hike the CL50 on foot during the warmer months of the year, but opportunities exist to bike parts of the loop, or even ski or snowshoe the loop when snow conditions allow (please see the new map for precautions regarding winter travel). Some go it alone, others hiking in small groups, perhaps with a dog companion or two. All seem to agree in the end that it was well worth it and are proud of their accomplishment.
Realizing that the CL50 passes through small communities and adjacent to private property, please respect these communities, their property, and the people therein. Many of these folks helped make the CL50 a reality and/or have supported it in some way.