Copperas Pond

Copperas Pond - Pure Adirondacks

Copperas Pond is a great short hike for anyone. The trailhead is located between Wilmington and Lake Placid. From Route 86, it's about a 0.5-mile climb to the pond. Once you reach the pond, you can go in either direction along the side of it. If you go right, you shortly come across a nice lean-to with a fireplace and a view of the pond. This makes for a nice spot to camp for the evening. If you go in the other direction around the pond, you pass another campsite and a few lookout spots. As you continue, you eventually cross a wooden footbridge that leads to the opposite side of the pond. On a clear day, there are views of Whiteface Mountain from the eastern side.  

On this particular day, Hilary and I were looking to get out on a snowshoe adventure, so we packed up our food/supplies and hit the trail. The trail was already somewhat packed from others, which made it an easier climb for us. This particular day was very windy and about 25 degrees. However, on the trail and in the woods we were protected from the strong winds until we reached the pond. When we arrived at the pond we got to observe the mini snow tornados formed by the gusts of wind. The sun actually peeked out a couple times in the breaking clouds, which made for a cool sight. After some roaming around and having a quick snack, it was time to make the fun descent back down to Route 86.

Keep it PURE

Remember to Leave No Trace! Buy a physical map, read it, plan, and prepare. Think about the NYS Rangers and medical personnel that exhaust themselves for a rescue that could have been avoided. Pack out your trash. Use a bear canister when primitive camping and cook away from where you’re sleeping. Do the rock walk to help reduce the impact on fragile alpine vegetation. Camp at designated campsites and never camp on or near summits.

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