Debar Pond is a long and narrow glacial lake with seemingly cool water all year. Sheltered by Debar and Baldface Mountain it has calm waters on many days. The rocky slopes of Baldface Mountain welcome paddlers as they coast past; teasing one to explore.
This trail is used mostly as a canoe carry trail, but for a short hike this has a great payoff. The trail is very easy and flat with a couple boardwalks to aid you over the wetter portions of the low-lying trail. Arriving on shore you will have stellar views of the blue waters and the cliffs of Baldface Mountain coming down.
How do I get there?
Follow Route 30 out of Malone and drive to a main crossroads with County Route 26 (old Route 99), which will be on the left. Continue onto Route 26 for roughly 4.3 miles to Debar Park Road on the right — it's a dirt road. Follow Debar Park Road for 0.75 mile to a parking area on the left. The trail is on the opposite side of the road.
Mileage Round Trip
- As of 2017 the foot bridge on the access trail to Debar Pond has been removed. Access is near the lodge building, using the road beyond the gate at the parking area.
The portage is relatively flat with one following a corduroy walkway. The trail has a tendency to be a bit wet.
Size in length: Roughly 0.9 miles
How to get there: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward Saranac Lake. Continue for 6.5 miles through the Town of Ray Brook and into the Town of Saranac Lake. Continue to follow Route 86 to its end in Paul Smith’s. Take a right onto Route 30 toward for 17.2 miles to Route 26 (old Route 99) on the right. Continue onto Route 26 for roughly 4.3 miles to Debar Park Road on the right (dirt). Follow Debar Park Road for 0.75 miles to a parking area on the left. Carry is on the opposite side of the road.
Type of launch: Short carry of less than 0.3 miles
Type of water: Flat with mostly calm conditions. No motor boats.
Located near the junction of Routes 26 and 27 in the Town of Duane, Debar Pond offers a quiet birding paddle for anyone interested in making the 0.3 mile carry from the parking area. If you aren’t interested in canoeing, the boardwalk trail to the pond cuts through wet coniferous and cedar habitat, home to a variety of warblers and other songbirds. In addition, Black-backed Woodpecker can be found along parts of the access road to the trail itself thanks to the boreal nature of the surrounding woods.