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Old 08-13-2014, 02:19 PM   #1
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Condition of dirt road into Spruce Lake trailhead?

I went as far as Sled Harbor in a Corolla a few years ago to do the West Canada Lakes loop...no way I would have tried going beyond that even if I needed to...now I have an even lower to the ground Civic and I'm supposed to meet a few fine people up in there this weekend!

Anybody know the condition of the road to the Spruce Lake trailhead and if I should be worried?
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Old 08-13-2014, 04:58 PM   #2
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Driving a car beyond Sled Harbor is always a risk, with washouts and large rocks protruding through its surface it can leave you stranded in a hurry. There is logging going on in that area which also adds to the deterioration of the loamy surface,but that sometimes is a good thing seeing that the road will be at the least somewhat maintained. It was in decent shape the weekend of 8/2 but with down pours and rain in the forecast it's hard to say,as always use good judgment and most obstacles can be carefully tackled.
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:34 PM   #3
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Can these rocks be cleared or maneuvered around by a Honda Civic?
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:44 PM   #4
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I've driven a Camry down there in years past and always made it. It sometimes was a slow trip. I can't say about current conditions.
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:23 PM   #5
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:19 AM   #6
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I've driven a Camry down there in years past and always made it. It sometimes was a slow trip. I can't say about current conditions.
Camry has more clearance than a Corolla, and a Corolla has more clearance than a Civic...just saying!
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:41 AM   #7
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Go slow and you should be fine. Worst thing you just have to back up if you get to something you dont feel comfortable trying.
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:12 AM   #8
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Drove my 02 Camry back there (to spruce lake) 4 years ago. Caused significant damage to front end and undercarriage. About $2K worth. Never again.
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Old 08-14-2014, 09:04 AM   #9
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I've got a civic. I wouldn't take the chance. Anyone telling you you should be OK should also offer to come tow you out if you get stuck!
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:02 AM   #10
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Much may also depend on your level of skill/experience in driving on marginal dirt roads. If you don't want to take the chance you can always just walk in the extra distance, bring a bike and ride it in, or perhaps get a lift from one of the fine people you mentioned who might have a more suitable vehicle.
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:19 AM   #11
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I might have asked one of the fine people for a ride in but I am going in a day early...as far as I live from the Adirondacks I never go there for a single overnight.
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:23 AM   #12
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Anybody live nearby, own a truck and want to make a couple of bucks driving me back there?

Seems like the average recommendation is "don't do it", huh?
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:01 PM   #13
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Been up there twice this year. My Mrs. always says she thinks she can drive a camry back there, untill this year when I showed her the colapsed culvert that had the roadway over the hood of my suburban. 'Burbon made it, barely. Unless they've fixed it by now, civic isn't getting to the trailhead.
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:26 PM   #14
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Saturday Conditions

Was in there Saturday 8/23. Passed a stopped chevy cavalier and two guys who had just taken the oil pan off their car. We were in a Subaru Baja, and also had an F250. We had to weave a little but made it back just fine. There was a Nissan Sentra parked in there at the trailhead as well. I wouldn't try it in a "regular" car..... I think the Sentra was mighty lucky.
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Old 06-24-2015, 10:50 PM   #15
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Spruce Mountain is good to hike to! http://cnyhiking.com/SpruceMountain.htm
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Spruce Mountain is good to hike to! http://cnyhiking.com/SpruceMountain.htm
This is a thread about Spruce Lake, not Spruce Mountain.
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Old 07-30-2015, 12:03 AM   #17
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Condition of dirt road into Spruce Lake trailhead?

Whoops. My bad! I used search function for "Spruce"!
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Anyone have an update on this?

This recent trip report says that the road to the Pillsbury Mt. TH has been improved. I am wondering if perhaps the road to the Spruce Lake TH has been improved as well?
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Old 10-20-2017, 10:18 AM   #19
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I was at the Spruce Lake trailhead at the end of July. I had no problems with my Subaru Crosstrek which does have a higher clearance (8.7 inches). Some others in my group drove to the trailhead in regular clearance cars. It's not as nice and smooth as the road to Pillsbury Mountain but it's definitely doable. Just take it a little slow and watch out for any big rocks sticking out.
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Old 10-20-2017, 10:33 AM   #20
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I always bike or hike in, whenever in doubt.... heck, I used to do auto detailing and I don't even like getting a little dirt on my tires, let alone getting the paint dirty.........the horrors.
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