"Five Ponds Wilderness Area"
This nearly 13 mile round trip hike will reward you with stellar views and true sense of wilderness.
Cat Mountain setting at 2257’ feet above sea level, will give you a soapbox view of the spectacular "Five Ponds Wilderness".
The trail starts out following an old railroad grade for quite some distance; only small gentle hills will bring you to the Shore of Cranberry Lake. You will continue around Dead Creek Flow on an easy trail and soon come to a major intersection. Left will bring you to "Janacks Landing" which is a great location for an overnight excursion for the entire family.
*Be sure to sign in and out at this trail register as well, for your own safety.*
Another mile will carry you to another major intersection with "High Falls"; hang a left here for
Glasby Pond and Cat Mountain.
You will soon pass by Glasby Pond on a narrow trail and at times very muddy terrain, a few rolling hills will bring you to the final intersection with Cat Mountain, with the summit trail on the left.
The summit trail is where all the work is done. The summit offers outstanding views from its partially bald summit. A fire tower once stood here, but now only a radio repeater exists.
From the intersection of Route 3 and CR61 (Wanakena Road) follow CR61 and stay straight on the main road to South Shore Road. Follow South Shore Road for 0.6 miles to the trailhead parking on the right.
Additional Important Information:
In the Winter, this trail gets used by cross-country skiers, please be considerate and walk beside their tracks and not in them, to protect the condition of the tracks.
Trail uses: Hiking, Snowshoeing , XC ski