JOHN & CLEAR PONDS hiking, skiing, camping in the Adirondack Park
Southeast of Indian Lake village.
Jan 9, 2020. JOHN & CLEAR PONDS ski. Siamese Ponds Wilderness. Temp at start 10F rising to 20F, blue skies, no wind. Very good skiing on a solid base (~6") topped with 3"-7" of powder (more in open areas & hardwoods, less in the softwoods which still held snow on the branches). Fairly easy skiing to JP. Someone had skied the first mile - easy breaking trail after that - I broke the whole way despite having 4 others who could help. Some wetness below the powder on the ponds (the prepared skier always brings a scraper). Lunch on JP in the sun, felt warm, quick stop at the lean-to. Intermediate skiing to CP with some short steep downhills on return. Some blowdown. Back the same route. 8.2 miles, 4.7 hours. Doing the loop would have been shorter but we wanted more skiing.
In the Adirondack Park, there are 43 Mud Ponds, 21 Long Ponds, 16 Clear Ponds, 16 Round Ponds, 14 Lost Ponds, 14 Rock Ponds, 14 Deer Ponds, 13 Grass Ponds, 12 Buck Ponds, 10 Lily Pad Ponds & 10 Bear Ponds.
JOHN & CLEAR PONDS skiing. Siamese Ponds Wilderness from S end of Wilderness Lane (1,700'). ~2' of snow. Feb 3, 2019 - novice rolling terrain to John Pond (1,870'), broken out - excellent skiing. Set up camp in the lean-to in tall red pines. A rocky ridge rises 500' up from the W shore - adds a dramatic backdrop to the scene. Broke trail on the new trail to Clear Pond (1,900') - there are several short steep ascents making this section intermediate, tops out at 2,000' before dropping gradually to the pond 1.1 miles from junction. Returned to JP in my tracks, downhills were fun. Temp 25-35F - started to get a bit sticky so I stopped to apply some Maxiglide. Stayed above freezing overnight. Feb 4 - did the whole JP-CP loop (yellow markers) counterclockwise with the spur trails to each pond + the grave site (red markers)+ some exploration - most had been broken out. There is a new section with yellow ski markers that links the CP trail with the JP trail not far from Wilderness Lane - no longer necessary to walk the road between trailheads. Temp in lower 40s, very good skiing. 5.5 miles. Coyotes howled at dusk. Stayed above freezing overnight, rained a little. Feb 5 - Still very good skiing on the way out. Deer.