- Difficulty Level: Challenging
- Miles: 27 Miles
- Duration: 4-5 Days
This trek offers a challenging day hike up Ampersand Mountain, with tremendous views of the High Peaks and the canoe area, a chance to paddle through Upper and Lower State Locks, and a Bald Eagle nest visible on Lower Saranac Lake. You will be traveling very popular routes and will see other canoes as well as houses along the shore lines.
Alternatives: Instead of the Bartlett carry, take the Weller Pond Carry. The Weller Pond carry leaves from Ampersand Bay on Upper Saranac Lake, and ends at Weller Pond. The trail is long, rugged, hilly and can be very muddy. This carry, although a nice alternative, should only be tried by experienced crews.
From Weller Pond, head south into Middle Saranac Lake. Camping on Middle Saranac Lake is by reservation only. Remember these sites are for 6 people max. The Forest Rangers check these sites every night.