The County Line Lakes Trail is a 7 mile out and back trail located near Gloversville, NY and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible from December until February.
I can't see how this was rated as difficult but it was long and a lot of fun
I can't wait to bring my other hiker friends here! The lake was beautiful. The trail was well marked except for the spot that opened into a large clearing, but other than that it was easy to navigate.
Well marked trail and very secluded. Pretty steep as you pass between Pigeon and Panther but then it levels off as you descend to the lake. The rocky outcropping on the southern shore made a great spot for lunch!
It seemed like the trail never ended and the markers didn't tell you how far you walked! Other than that the hike was beautiful and the area is so peaceful!
One of the nicest hikes I've ever been on. After you go up a short, somewhat steep part at the beginning, the trail turns into a wide, flat, graded former logging road. There is a nice stream and eventually the trail runs into a wetland area. The dry, flat trail runs along the water. I saw a family of beaver and a heron. This trail is worth visiting, even if you aren't going to complete the whole thing. The shorter distance and ease of the other trail at this trailhead may tempt you, but even half of this one is better than the whole Chase Lake trail.
One of my favorite snow shoeing treks in Fulton County. Been there multiple times. Easily accessible. Don't let the initial 1/4 Mi. intimidate you. Starts pretty steep. From Parking Area walk to the left of the Chase Lake DEC sign and look at about "10 o'clock" . The old logging road goes off towards the left. Once you are on the trail and manage the first steep area, the grade is fairly continuous but gentle. There are only 2 areas in the first 2 miles that require some thought as to how to traverse. One is an area where the old road has been undermined. The other is where fording a stream my require traveling up stream to find a suitable place to cross. Scenery is beautiful as you travel along a brisk stream and move through pine and hard wood stands. Old road ends at about 2 Mi. At this point, you can choose between traveling along the side of the fairly large swamp on the left, or stay along the high ground and follow the parts of the old logging roads that still exist in certain areas. I would recommend staying along the swamp as that trek is relatively level. trying to follow parts of the old roads lead to changes in elevation and the view isn't as good. Eventually segments of roads and swamp end in the same general area. To get the County Line Lakes, you must bush whack almost due south. Compass and good map are a must. Or, you can choose to follow the stream that comes in to the swamp from the west. The stream follows a ravine. Trek up ravine is difficult, in areas.
Area gets very little use. Rarely meet Cross Country Skiers and/or Snow Shoers. No snow machines any where near, so woods are wonderfully silent! occasional game sightings.