- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- Location: Towns of Johnsburg and Thurman, Warren County; Towns of Indian Lake, Lake Pleasant and Wells, Hamilton County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 5H
- Map: Siamese Ponds Wilderness Map (GeoPDF) - GeoPDF Instructions || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
The 114,010-acre Siamese Ponds Wilderness is one of the larger wildernesses in the Adirondack Forest Preserve. The wilderness includes a mix of mountains and waters. Hiking, camping, fishing and hunting are the most popular activities.
Popular points of interest include the Siamese Ponds that gave the area its name, Puffer Pond, Puffer Mountain, Chimney Mountain, Auger Falls, and Thirteenth Lake.
The major attractions include the caves on Chimney Mountain (The Chimney Mountain Eagle Cave gate will be open from May 16th to Sept 14th. At all other times of the year the gate will be closed to protect the bat population), fishing and camping on Thirteenth Lake, camping at Indian Lake, hiking to Auger Falls and skiing the East Branch Trail, John Pond Trail and Botheration Pond Loop Trail. These features are all located on the periphery of the Wilderness.
A section of the west-central portion of the unit has been designated as a trail-less area.
The southernmost area in the wilderness is crossed by the Forks Mountain Primitive Area which contains a multiple use trail that allows for use by snowmobiles, cross country skiers and horseback riders.
Backcountry Information for the East Central Adirondacks 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.