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Cranberry Lake & Five Ponds Wilderness Backpack - 3C60

Date and Time

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 1:30PM - Monday, September 7, 2020 3:00PM


Cranberry Lake Wild Forest,
New York, Adirondacks,


Registration is required for this activity.


This 6 day backpacking trip will have us hiking over rolling hills, past lakes, ponds and rivers of the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest and Five Ponds Wilderness. Some backpacking will be on the CL50 trail. Other times we will backpack side trails and ascend a few moderate peaks. A highlight will be backpacking to Sand Lake in the Five Ponds Wilderness. For those who haven't been to this area it's an introduction to a truly wild place with remnants of logging and sportsmen's camps inhabited in the early 1900. Each night we will camp near water where swiming is possible. We will travel at a moderate pace and cover 10-12 miles a day. There are no early outs once we get started. This is a trip suited for experienced multi day backpackers who can manage their food and gear for 5 days. This is not suitable for first time backpackers. Please refer to the Adirondack Mountain Club's " Western Trails 1st Edition " for detailed information. See the Nat Geo Old Forge/Oswegatchie Map #745 for trail and topographic information. For those interested in keeping up with trip postings please see the links to our Facebook Backpackers Group and to the AMC Daily Digest.

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Related Link(s):

AMC Facebook Page
REI Backpacking Gear Checklist
Sign up for AMC Daily Digest
AMC Trip Difficulty Ratings

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AMC Backpackers doing the CL50 in 2017



Offered By

N.Y. - North Jersey


Wait Listed




Adults (18+)


AMC backpack leader trained in Mountain Leadership and Wilderness First Aid


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AMC Backpack Leader since 2000.


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