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    NY > ADK > Cranberry Lake 50 > October 27-30, 2022

    Sorry about the late notice!

    I'm turning 50 in November and wanted to do a "50 miles for my 50th" hike. Cranberry Lake fits the bill and it's been on my bucket list.

    I'm thinking about starting around 10 a.m. on Thursday in Wanakena and hiking clockwise. If anyone's done it before I'm open to suggestions for where to camp, what to look out for, etc. It looks like it can be a muddy mess, especially around beaver dams.

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    A few years back I hiked it clockwise from Peavine Swamp trailhead.

    First day was drive and hike, stayed near the shelter on Bear Mtn. Second night was Dog Pond, which I don't recommend. Third at Olmstead Pond, which was fantastic, and then High Falls (which are about 10ft tall) where the camping was also great. The next night I had planned to stay at the shelter across from Flatiron Point, but it was only 3-4 miles to the car at that point so I hiked out.

    There are quite a few beaver dams and boggy areas, one really nasty piece (at least when I was there) between High Falls and Wanakena.

    Cat Mtn is a worthy little side trip.

    Edit to add... I was not a hammocker at that time but I'd say it's all hammock-friendly.

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    I did this in June… how many nights were you thinking of?

    We started at the trail head by Gilbert tract ski trail just east of town. Camping at great spot near Cedar Rock Flow the first night. Next night we probably should’ve camped at High Falls, but ended up going all the way to High Rock, beautiful spot, and then we hiked back to the car the third day.

    I remember the trail being very nice except the loop around Olmstead Pond and the section between High Falls and High Rock.

    Let me know if you have other questions.

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    Thanks for the info! Planning on three nights. Was there water at Cedar Rock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmoulder View Post
    A few years back I hiked it clockwise from Peavine Swamp trailhead.

    First day was drive and hike, stayed near the shelter on Bear Mtn. Second night was Dog Pond, which I don't recommend. Third at Olmstead Pond, which was fantastic, and then High Falls (which are about 10ft tall) where the camping was also great. The next night I had planned to stay at the shelter across from Flatiron Point, but it was only 3-4 miles to the car at that point so I hiked out.

    There are quite a few beaver dams and boggy areas, one really nasty piece (at least when I was there) between High Falls and Wanakena.

    Cat Mtn is a worthy little side trip.

    Edit to add... I was not a hammocker at that time but I'd say it's all hammock-friendly.

    Olmstead Pond ...

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    Wow, what a great pic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Datahiker View Post
    Thanks for the info! Planning on three nights. Was there water at Cedar Rock?
    We got water out of the lake when at Cedar Rock Flow.

    I wonder if this would work out for three nights from Peavine…
    Camp 1 - East Inlet
    Camp 2 - Cat Mtn Pond
    Camp 3 - High Rock

    The only long stretche I distinctly remember have very few options for hanging was the section between High Falls and High Rock, but I wasn’t really looking at other times.

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