This remote spot is a favorite for anglers and naturalists. It is surrounded by over 8,000 acres of Wild Forest state land. Watch for loon and osprey, both known to nest near the pond.
Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing
On the shore of the pond sits the Taylor Pond State Campground which is an excellent location to access this trail as well. Along this ski tour you have a good possibility to see winter wildlife so keep a keen eye and ear. This is a long loop that will take most of the day even for a good skier, but the nice thing about a loop around a pond is that the destination is the pond and you can turn back at any time you feel necessary.
Along the pond's southern shore you will have quite easy conditions with very little change in elevation. Once across the inlet, you will find yourself skiing into a western bay of the pond and then around yet another point of Taylor Pond.
As you round the west side of the pond to the north side, you will be led away from the water and start skiing uphill quite a bit. Soon you will pass by the height of land and start a slow descent which will approach a bit more of a moderate descent down to the northeast bay. As Carmel Mountain comes in on your left you will climb again over the shoulder to a decent hill that will bring you quickly back close to shore, then into the state campground.
You will have to ski on the roads of the state campground, back to the caretaker’s cabin, to reach the cutover trail back to Nelson Road. The cutover trail is a simple 0.2 miles and will connect you back to the trail 0.4 miles from your car.
Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination
240 feet of gain to the highest point along the route
Approximate Time, Round Trip
Family with Kids: Not recommended in full, but a shorter out and back with a rest at the lean-to can be a good kid's outing.
Experienced Skier: 5 to 7 hours, loop
Out of Shape/Beginner Skier: Not recommended in full, but a shorter out and back can be enjoyable.
Distance Round Trip
12 mile, loop
Parking is tough in the winter, do the best you can to get safely off the road.
Difficulty: 1=beginner, 5=advanced
One to Four: One if you are doing a shorter in and out, Four would be for the entire loop.
There's an all-season trail around Taylor Pond that makes for a full day hike. It is a flat trail, but since this is primarily used in the winter, it can be rugged in spots.
Start this long loop along an old road on mostly flat terrain; you will quickly arrive at the intersection with the Taylor Pond State Campground on the right, continue straight. Soon you can see the pond through the trees, but you never really approach its shores until, at 2.6 miles, there is a lean-to on the shore. This lean-to sits in an amazing position, giving all who visit it an excellent opportunity to relax as well as amazing scenery of the mountains over the north shore. This spot is also an good place to turn around for the hike back.
Soon you come to the western end of the pond, where bald eagles are known to nest. This section tends to be a little rougher and rockier. Another lean-to sits off the trail on the west side of the pond. A faint herd path leads to it.
At certain points you might see more trails, but by always keeping the pond's shore direction in mind you can stay on the trail.
Located on Silver Lake Road, 9 miles northwest of Ausable Falls on Route 9N, at Taylor Pond State Campground.
From the four corners in the town of Wilmington head northeast on Bonnieview Rd (keep going straight from Route 86N) toward Mountain View Lane for 6.0 miles. Turn left onto Silver Lake Road for 3.7 miles. Then turn left onto Silver Lake Road for 0.3 miles. There is a small trailhead on the left.
In season there is a small day use fee for accessing the campground.
12 miles all the way around.
Taylor Pond is 4 miles long and covers 813 acres, providing plenty of scenic water for paddling. Spend a few hours, a day, or a few days exploring the pond's scenic waters deep in the Adirondack wilderness.
The boat launch is located just past the campground entrance booth and provides the only public access to Taylor Pond.
Motorboats, rowboats, canoes, and kayaks allowed. Rowboat and canoe rentals available.
Taylor Pond has a population of lake trout and landlocked Atlantic salmon.