Winter Overview and Trail Conditions:
Wickham Marsh Wildlife Management Area encompasses 862 acres offering a wide variety of loop opportunities. Since the completion of the management area there have been several foot trails developed for hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, bird watching, hunting, trapping, fishing and education.
While much of the terrain is relatively flat there are a few sections elevation change with very steep descents. The Route 373 Trailhead and the Giddings Road Trailhead starts a bit higher than the marsh, requiring the visitor to descend a bit to reach it. A couple of the hills are rather steep and narrow with sharp turns. Some of the trails follow old woods roads while others have been newly developed where the tread is limited.
There are only two trails that have been adequately marked, while others lack the disks. A few of the trails have also gone under a slight disrepair so to speak, and need some help. Deadfall has overtaken a few sections of trail, but the course through it is easy to follow, but skiing through may not be an option.
It would be a good idea to have a map with you, as the trails are similar to a bowl of spaghetti and not well marked at intersections.
Depending on trail used there can be some very good sections of downhill, others are quite flat.
Distance Round Trip:
Dependent on loops chosen, anywhere from a 1-mile out and back to a several mile loop
There are three location that you can access the trail system;
Route 373 Trailhead
From the intersection of Route 373 and Route 9 north of Keeseville follow Route 373 for 1.4 miles to the trailhead on the left.
Lake Street Trailhead
From the intersection of Route 373 and Route 9 north of Keeseville follow Route 373 for 3.0 miles to the Lake Street on the left. Follow Lake Street for 1.1 miles to the trailhead on the left.
Giddings Road Trailhead
From the intersection of Route 373 and Route 9 north of Keeseville follow Route 373 for 3.0 miles to the Lake Street on the left. Follow Lake Street for 1.7 miles to Giddings Road on the left. Follow Giddings Road for about 0.75 miles to the trailhead on the left.
Additional Important Information:
Please bring a copy of the map with you to reference, the trails can be very confusing and without a map you can easily get turned confused.