Photo by Brendan Wiltse

The ponds offer unparalleled views of the High Peaks.  Boreas Ponds is reached Gulf Brook Road,  off of the Blue Ridge Road, County 84.  This area is about 25 minutes outside of Long Lake past Newcomb, heading towards North Hudson, and the Northway Exit 29.

The most popular hike is the hike to the dam, which features the spectacular view of Mount Marcy, Mount Haystack, Gothics as well as other high peaks. It is a 3.6 mile hike from the parking area to the dam or a 7.2 mile round trip. There is very little elevation change and you are following solid dirt roads the whole way.