Tupper Lake has a great groomed and track set trail system that is free to the public for Cross Country skiing, snowshoeing, and under some conditions, walking, in the area between the Tupper Lake Country Club and Big Tupper Ski Area.
The trail system includes 3.2 miles of beginner terrain (Golf Course and Cranberry Pond Loops), as well as 2.1 miles of more challenging trails (Little Logger, Big Tupper Trail)
To access the trails, you can either park at the Country Club or Big Tupper Ski Area . Trail maps will be posted along the route, and with any luck, we’ll have them available to pick up at the trail heads.
Golf Course Loop: The trail from the Country Club loops the cart paths on holes 4 through 9. 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 +75′ (but since it’s a loop it’s downhill half way!)
Cranberry Pond Loop: 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 worthwile loop with an overall 50′ of vertical rise.
Little Logger Loop: 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 gain. While the trail is more challenging, it goes through a quick study of Adirondack forests: From pond edge, to hardwood forest to spruce swamp and back – all in 1 1/2 miles.
Big Tupper Trail: This trail takes you from the “Big Corner” to the parking area at Big Tupper Ski Area. This .6 mile stretch has it’s challenging moments, but they are short lived. The net elevation change is less than 20′ from the sign post at “9″ to the parking lot (“11″).
Recommended Skis on this Trail Sytem:
The whole course - one section at a time. Build up to the full ski by starting from the Golf Course adn adding segments weekly until you feel comfortable skiing the whole loop in one outing.
Big Tupper Down: Leave your car at the Country Club and hitch a ride to Big Tupper. Ski back to your car!
Golf Course and Cranberry Pond Loops at Night: Pick a calm winter night and grab your head lamp! With the wide open terrain and a nice groomed track you wil find yourself watching deer, moonlit scenery and starry skys.