Carpenter Road Ski Trails

Tug Hill Plateau, New York

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Carpenter Road Ski Trails


  • The trail register is located just beyond the trees by the road.- Carpenter Road Ski Trails
  • The trail register and map.- Carpenter Road Ski Trails
  • Trails are well marked.- Carpenter Road Ski Trails
  • Many trails are visited infrequently, so you may need to break trail.- Carpenter Road Ski Trails
  • An open field as seen from the trail.- Carpenter Road Ski Trails
  • Typical trail scenery.- Carpenter Road Ski Trails
  • Trail widths and pitches vary.- Carpenter Road Ski Trails
  • An unplowed road parallels one of the trails.- Carpenter Road Ski Trails
  • The West Loop Trail is among the first intersections.- Carpenter Road Ski Trails
  • Occasional blowdowns add to the adventure.- Carpenter Road Ski Trails
  • Most intersections have a small map and good signage.- Carpenter Road Ski Trails
  • The parking area.- Carpenter Road Ski Trails
  • - Carpenter Road Ski Trails
Overview + Weather
Never crowded. Big network of trails.
Tug Hill Plateau, NY
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
130.00 ft (39.62 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.00 mi (0.00 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,752.00 ft (534.01 m)
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


The Carpenter Road Trails are a series of loop trails and connecting spurs designed for intermediate and beginner skiers. They aren't groomed, but they are well marked. They are less popular than many other trail systems in the area, in part because of their lack of open vistas. However, those seeking solitude will love these trails. The trails are closed to motorized traffic, but snowmobile trails are nearby.

Much of the trail system wends its way through a mixed forest over gently rolling hills. At the southern end of the system, the Gorge Trail features steep grades and a unique gully. The Cone Trail traverses trough blocks of Japanese larch, white spruce, and red pine. This is one of the first trails to lose snow, but the Return Trail to the west is more shaded and holds snow longer. The connection between the Snow Ridge Loop and the Mill Creek/Jacks Track Loop has a bridge out, requiring the Snow Ridge Loop to be accessed from parking areas to the south on Route 12 or the Slivka Road.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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