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Two kids (7&11), myself and a dog. went 2/23/17. it was super wet and muddy due to recent melt of snow. we wore boots changed into flip flops because it was warm. Started at main parkings spot, stopped at benches up to the gazebo..coming down to finish the trail along the road was super muddy. Kids didn't care. they took off flip flops and we all left muddy, wet and happy.
It is a pretty, open, space. lovely views. we saw about 6 beavers. we loved the space.
BUT...there is dog feces everywhere. Even on the dock. it was horrible. This is why more places will not allow pets because people are so disrespectful to the land.
This place is beyond gorgeous, if you are outdoorsy and love nature walks this is the spot. It makes you forget where you really are. I went with my 4 month old lab puppy, who had a blast running around, walking the trails with me, and trotting around in the lake water. However, upon our return home I noticed a tick on her hind leg. Her first one ever, so I associate this first experience as a bad one... but it really was a very nice hike, just WATCH OUT FOR TICKS.
One of my favorite close-to-home moderate hikes! Decent work out. Hard enough to wear out two big dogs and several middle school boys, but not so difficult that they can't complete or enjoy the hike. Great variety of scenery including a section that was once an American chestnut forest but has succumbed to chestnut blight over a century ago (trees still sprout but apparently succumb to the blight at about 20 feet of growth), an elevated pass-by of Heinlein Pond, and a lovely, expansive view of farmland in the valley from the ridge on Minisink Trail. I tend to hike the trail reverse of the recommended direction. Starting on the Minisink trail is more of a workout as it climbs fairly quickly (tires the dogs out), then I can relax returning on the relatively level Lenape Trail. Great hike!
A lot of people hate on Blake, but I enjoyed this hike a lot! It could have had a lot to do with the conditions, though. 45 degrees, sunny and the trail was packed out and easy to follow. We started out at 6:00 AM and followed Lake rd to start and watched a Barred Owl fly across the trail. We made great time to the summit of Colvin to some beautiful views. A few slick, steep areas leading up to Colvin. Lots of snow!
After a quick snack and some pics we headed on to Blake with no troubles. I was a little intimidated at the first ladder we encountered because of the icy snow and the drop off surrounding it. It's a lot more comfortable going up than going down. My fear of heights kicked in a little bit.
I enjoyed a second chance at the summit of Colvin and it's beautiful views. It was a strenuous hike at times due to the steepness, but nothing too out of control. The overall trip took us 10 hours, but we spent a lot of time at the summits, which was nice! It's been a few months since the weather was agreeable enough to hang out for any length of time!