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We do this trail once a year while we're visiting Glimmerglass Lake. It is a well maintained and easy to follow trail with parking just off from the trailhead. If you continue down past the entrance to the trail there is a nice stone bench overlooking the lake and it's a good spot to catch a quick pre-hike snack. The trail starts off steep and runs through the woods, there isn't a lot of scenery but there is a small amount of wild life (squirrels, chipmunks, and birds) that you will encounter. As you crest the hill and start heading back down in elevation it starts to get a little muddy, but that's nothing to worry about most times of the year. The trail ends over past the "tin top" and the Hyde Hall visitor center nearby. You will need to walk down the "roadway" owned by Hyde Hall to get back to the parking lot at the trail head so now is a great time to stop and visit the Hall as well! If you time it good, you can finish up the hike right before a tour starts.
The trail was well marked with a good mix of hill and level areas. It had just snowed the night before so the terrain was a bit slippery at some points. If you are looking for a trail to see the lake the whole time then this probably is not the right one. It starts out and finishes besides the lake allowing for views buy majority of the hike is through the forest. Saw plenty of deer and was very tranquil. Dog friendly. The Hyde House would be a welcome treat at the end to explore in the summer.