Siamese Ponds Wilderness


The Siamese Ponds Wilderness consists of 112,524 acres in the southeast section of New York’s Adirondacks. It’s less frequented than the High Peaks area to the north, but it’s just as wild with several lean-tos, including the East Branch Sacandaga lean-to (pictured above).  The hike to the lean-to is an easy four miles that mostly runs along the East Branch of the Sacandaga River, a “wild” river under the New York State Wild, Scenic, and Recreational River System Act. Mother Nature’s quite a lady.

Another two and a half miles will get you to the first of the two Siamese Ponds, which has a few designated campsites around it’s perimeter. Cold Splinters was up there last weekend and the trail is muddy and full of bugs just waiting for you to stop for water or lunch, but the lean-to is in a beautiful location for an easy overnight. The picture above was taken on the suspension bridge over the river that connects the trail up to the Siamese Ponds.

The trailhead is at the Eleventh Mountain parking lot on Route 8 between Speculator and Bakers Mill. Can’t miss it.


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3 Responses to Siamese Ponds Wilderness

  1. Bill Barrows May 27, 2009 at 9:27 am #

    I have visited frequently since 1970′s. Loons nest on north shore of big lake. Trophy 27# lake trout caught ca. 1975, along with Canadian white fish. Small brook connecting the two lakes teams with brookies during the September spawn; amazing sight to see! Lots of large bears and coyotes so be alert & cautios. Otters & ospreys & moose sometimes seen around the lakes & nearby river. Suspension bridge built in 1970′s by the local forest ranger using lamas as pack animals to haul materials. Only nearby mountain worth hiking for the views is Humphrey which is north behind Countly Line Mt, and on southern shore of Indian Lake. Local outfitters & hunting groups leave trashy outlaw campsites throughout nearby woods.

  2. jeffreythrope May 27, 2009 at 9:41 am #

    thanks bill, great information!

  3. Mark Rowe October 31, 2009 at 6:36 am #

    Beautiful pic. There are a few more I’ve found on the web. Used to camp here often as a boy scout in the 70′s too. Great memories of climbing “the Chimney” and exploring Eagle Cave. That was when the area was a scout camp. We would use the meadow overlooking Kings Flow for base camp, and spend a week or so hiking to Johns Pond, Hour Pond, upper & lower Siamese, looking for garnets, and just being kids in the mountains. I remember jumping off the big rock in the middle of Kings Flow as a 13 year old daredevil…lol. I have been back a few times in the last 10 years and might take my son next weekend. Thanks for the memories….. it’s a big world out there : get out and ENJOY IT !! …….. Hikin’ it & Liking it

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