- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- Location: Towns of Newcomb and North Hudson, Essex County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 5F
- Map: Boreas Ponds Tract Map (PDF) || Boreas Ponds Equestrian Trails Map (GeoPDF) - GeoPDF Instructions || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
A large portion of the Boreas Ponds Tract is a lowland area between the North River Mountain Range to the west and the Boreas Mountain Range to the east. The summits of the Boreas Mountain Range are on the tract. Spectacular views of these mountain ranges and mountains in the High Peaks Wilderness - such as Marcy, Haystack, Gothics, and Saddleback - can be seen from a number of locations.
Boreas Ponds, the namesake of the tract, form a 320-acre body of water, now one of the largest in the park completely surrounded by Forest Preserve. Other waters on the tract include LaBier Flow, Boreas River, LeClaire Brook, Casey Brook, Slide Brook and White Lily Brook, which provide habitat for cold water fish, including brook trout.
Parking is allowed in designated parking spots in designated parking areas only. Parking on the shoulders of Gulf Brook Road or Boreas Road is prohibited.
Backcountry Information for the High Peaks Region provides general information regarding backcountry and seasonal conditions; specific notices regarding closures and conditions of trails, roads, bridges and other infrastructure; and links to weather, state land use regulations, low impact recreation and more.