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Jack Rabbit Ski Trail Access near Saranac Lake

Olympic Byway, State Rt. 86, near Saranac Lake in Franklin County

One of many trailheads to access the Jack Rabbit Trail, this one is located on McKenzie Pond Road near the Blackfly Softball field near Saranac Lake. A parking area was added beside the road in 2009, allowing easy access to this popular section of the 50km Jackrabbit Trail.

From this trailhead you can take the 8 mile ski to Lake Placid, or ski a pleasant short section back towards Saranac Lake, with a portion of the trail beside the seasonally used RR tracks. The Jackrabbit Trail extends from Keene, through Lake Placid and Saranac Lake to Lake Clear Junction and ends at the Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths. Much of this public trail is managed by the Adirondack Ski Touring Council. The ski trail also passes through three ski centers where passes are required: Cascade Ski Area, Lake Placid Resort, and Whiteface Club & Resort. A portion of the trail between Saranac Lake & Lake Placid passes thru designated wilderness so wilderness use restrictions apply.

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Saranac Lake

Closest Byway:Olympic Byway
Distance from Byway:on
Closest Route #:State Rt. 86
Best Season:winter
Indoors or Outdoors:outdoor
Admission Fee:no
URL:Jack Rabbit Ski Trail Access near Saranac Lake website


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