Icehouse Pond is a short universally accessible trail that leads to a remote and beautiful pond in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest Area
0.4 miles (0.8 miles round trip)
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Morehouse, Hamilton County
Level of Difficulty: Easy, universally accessible
Icehouse Pond is a Universally Accessible Pond in the Moose River Plains
The trail to Icehouse Pond is a specially designed universally accessible trail off of the Indian Lake to Limekiln Lake Road, between Indian Lake and Inlet, deep within the Moose River Plains Wild Forest. Icehouse Pond is one of several ponds accessible from the roads within the Moose River Plains.
The 0.4-mile trail to Icehouse Pond is surfaced with gravel to make it highly accessible. The trail winds through a heavy lowland understory. The pond is beautiful as well as a favored trout fishing location and occasional moose haunt. The pond itself is small and relatively circular. There is a small beach area for launching canoes or kayaks.
The short distance and flat trail make this hike more accessible to people with varied ability levels than other more strenuous Adirondack hikes. Nearby Helldiver Pond may provide a better experience for hikers using wheelchairs or walkers due to the even and hardpacked soil of the trail surface compared to Icehouse Pond’s gravel surface and longer distance.
All along the Indian Lake to Limekiln Lake Road there are campsites that are available via the state’s reservation system. The Moose River Plains provides highly accessible wild experiences for people of all levels of ability.
The hike out follows the same route used to hike in.
Click here for a map and directions to Icehouse Pond.
When You Hike Make Sure to Practice “Leave No Trace” to be Prepared and to Protect the Forest Preserve
Please follow “carry in, carry out” rules for all trash and follow other Leave No Trace principles when hiking in the public Forest Preserve and other wild areas. The seven Leave No Trace principles are: 1) Plan ahead and prepare; 2) Stay on hiking trails and camp at designated areas; 3) Dispose of human waste and trash properly; 4) Leave what you find; 5) Minimize campfires; 6) Respect wildlife; 7) Respect other hikers.
Educated hikers do not damage the environment. Prepared hikers do not need search and rescue unless injured.
Winter Use: Icehouse Pond is difficult to reach during the winter.
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