Decent hike, my wife and I did the blue and orange trails in just under 3 hours. Views are okay from top of the mountain on blue trail. The trail starts off in a town park with cross country ski trails, which can be confusing at times with lots of unmarked intersections.
Trail itself was great. Lot to see and great views. Following the blue trail that was posted to Berry Pond did not follow app trail. I thought our GPS was off but app trail doesn't go to Berry Pond. Posted trail gets close but you have to veer off to the orange trail to get to the pond. That is worth it because we saw a large turtle and beaver dams. The posted trail is not a loop but an out and back and is fairly steep in places.
We went for a run here with our dog. We stayed in green trails and it was great. We went out for a 30 minute run. It was extremely relaxing and quiet trails. It was somewhat difficult but it was great for a short run. You do have to watch your footing because there are some rocky parts.
Similar to other reviews the blue trail is partially closed. Kids still enjoyed it. Parts were a little steep and rough for a 7 year old but she trudged through. Wish there was a warning that the blue trail was closed. We would have crossed over to the green. Saw many chipmunks, several frogs and a snake which thrilled the kids.
walked several miles uphill only to find that the blue trail to the pond was closed after a certain point. no mention of the closed trail on the map at the beginning of the adventure, so be wary. other than that it was beautiful with lots of running water, mini falls, large rocks covered in moss and water so clear you can drink straight from the creek. most of the trails are shaded as well. I never reached any overlook, but it may have been on the part of the trail that was closed. definitely going to go back later in the summer.
A fairly challenging hike to a mediocre view. Unfortunately, part of the blue trail loop was closed and that may have been the part with the views of the lake. The pond was okay but not worth the steep climb. The climb was equivalent of a moderate mountain (almost 1000 feet of ascent with little let up) but without the views.
I am giving this a four star because the trail and the surroundings were pretty and I enjoyed the falls but we got lost and never did find our way to the lookout or the pond. We did meet a fellow hiker and learned that you can climb up Prospect from this trailhead. Lots of trails that are not marked well and easy to get confused. Might try again with some research so we know what we are doing.
Amanda C. on Berry Pond Trail
Scott R. on Berry Pond Trail
It was a easy trail and marked very well
If you don't take a good look at the trail map at the Rec center or find a good one online it is easy o find yourself hiking in the wrong direction. Being someone who doesn't mind a bushwhack got frustrate and just walked straight up a STEEP hill in the direction I needed I go. Eventually caught up with the right trail again.
Be sure you have a good map or GPS that will show you your final destination and starting point. I hiked out in the dark
We enjoyed this hike with a few others but headed in a slightly different way. we wanted to see the falls again so we started at the Rec Center trailhead, then to the waterfall and then back over to the Blue trail. We took the Blue trail all the way to the top (you can also choose the Orange trail which is less strenuous). You will crest at about 1620' with some beautiful views of Lake George and the adjoining valleys. The trail then continued to Berry Pond where we crossed a beaver damn before circling the pond and retracing our steps back out to intersect the orange trail to take the logging road out. Our track log with a few side excursions was 5 miles RT. A little tough on the way up in spots, but nothing too difficult. Very enjoyable.