Huggins Lake Trail is a 3.8 mile out and back trail located near Roscoe, NY that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for snowshoeing and is accessible from December until February.
Mid June 2016, warm and sunny. Two of us with maybe 30# packs for an overnight fishing effort. Took well over an hour in and we move well, the drop to the lake is fairly steep but welcome. Set up and then rounded the lake which has no trail so it takes quite a while, especially since we were trying to make fly rod casts. Saw few fish roll but that's it. Many, as in thousands of newts, also poly wogs. Some bugs on the water which seemed fairly warm. Surprised to see no wildlife on the way in or out. Out was a lot easier but you feel the downhill later on. Heard a few coyotes. Pretty lake, going back in colder weather to get the brookies on the spawn. Catch and release only. Thank you whomever left the two handy walking sticks at the trail head. Good to have on the downhill portions. Only one big deadfall blocking the patch about 25% in from the trailhead. Sunris highly recommended.
Hiked this trail today and fished the lake and also the outlet brook down to the first large waterfall.
Fishing wasn't good today. Stuck to walking the shoreline around 3/4 of the lake. Saw a few fish rise out in the middle of the lake. Nothing was hatching near shore. Lake is full of newts. Found several dead brook trout and one dead frog along the shoreline. Probably died off due to the hard Winter we had and Ice that would have frozen down to the bottom of the lake in the shallow areas. (I measured over 28" of ice on nearby Big Pond this Feb/March). There were still a few patches of ice left today in the shady areas of the lake.
Counted four beaver lodges and saw lots of evidence that they have been busy cutting down trees all along the shoreline to add to their lodges. Saw one beaver swim across the lake while I was fishing.
The hike in to the lake is a good climb up an old logging road for most of the way. Makes the walk back to the parking area much faster than the walk in. Look for large patches of leeks and several types of ferns on the hillsides as you climb up to the top of the hill.
The lake is in the next valley over from the parking area, so as you reach the top of the first big hill, you go down for a bit and then climb a second hill before you start to descend and can see the lake on your left (if the trees are not full yet). You round a left turn and approach the lake from the dam end as you descend to lake level. The outlet brook is pretty and you should check it out before you leave if you have put in the effort to get there.
Just completed this trail today. On the way up there are a lot of hills and it is very slippery due to the water that trickles down. There are some trees down making it a little more difficult to get to the lake but if you are up for it, it's pretty easy! Took about 40 minutes to get to the lake and it was beautiful. Got there just as the sun was hitting the mountain tops. There is a small canoe with a make-shift paddle so you can go out on the lake, but be cautious the canoe leaks a little and your shoes and butt may get wet. The way back to the parking area starts off very steep but soon goes flat and downhill, took about 15 minutes to return back to that starting point! I highly recommend this trail!