Explore the most popular lake trails in Pawtuckaway State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
12 days ago

This trail was not well marked but it was a gorgeous hike!

Great hike! Virtually no ice but lots of mud. Normal for this time of year. Easy start leading into a slightly more challenging end at the summit. Great view from the fire tower. I will definitely do this one again.

This is actually the 2nd time I walk this trail. It’s easy and if you just want to get out for a walk in the woods it’s perfect! Perfect for dog walkers.

Gently rolling hills for the first two miles. Nothing that special, but not boring. Most of the elevation is gained in the last 0.5 miles, which is surprisingly steep for such a small mountain. I didn’t climb the fire tower due to the fact that some wasps had made a nest up there. However, some more courageous people climbed it without getting stung. There were some decent views to the north and northwest from ledges around the summit.

A fairly standard hike through the woods. There were a few tiny scrambles, but nothing too difficult. There were periodic ledges with nice views, but mostly just a lot of woods.

hiking
5 months ago

Crisp day. Gorgeous area. Trails not well blazed but easy to see where others have tramped through the woods. Amazing rock areas with numerous climbers that day.

The full loop took 5.5 hours with some resting and a quick lunch. The rest was hiked at a relatively brisk pace. Careful during winter. We started at 1:15 and by 6:30 it was pitch black. Bring headlamps in winter. Went through 2L of water. Many people on this trail, and scenery was nice but nothing to write home about. Would have preferred fewer people. We did this one for the exercise. Great smells abound and silence is soothing during the pockets of time when no one is close by.

You definitely need to take a map with you AND use this map if going up to the summit. We had to reroute at least three times thanks to the app gps!
Also, there isn’t really a “view” at the top... you won’t miss it- it has the rocks sculpture; that’s where the highest point is.
Other than above, it was a great hike!! We and I ur dogs loved it!

Wonderful trail, but quite trafficated on weekends. Pets are allowed but you cannot access the trail from the main park entrance. Use Reservoir Rd. I posted an alternative loop with pets that is about 4mi and easy.

Great short hike with kids, plenty of places to fish, plenty of ways to extend the hike with additional trails.

fun, challenging trail! Wear insect repellant. and check the state park map to be sure of which trails you're taking! the trail was well marked and easy to follow.

Hard to know where the summits it's not marked. Trails are all marked with the same markings got a little off track... AllTrails works great!!!

Lovely trail. The markings were not the greatest, but with my All Trails maps downloaded, I was able to navigate quite easily. Only one real viewpoint, but it was beautiful. We really enjoyed ourselves. Would definitely go again and maybe do even more!

Was an easy trail. Went with the family, good trail to get you started. Lots of bugs. Out and back, was OK

Nice trail, easy at the beginning, moderate at the end. But lot of bugs.

We did a day hike in the area. We started by the beach and went to round pound. Lots of bugs. But it's summer in the woods. We didn't catch any fish even though they were jumping out of the water. There are not many scenic views the way we went. Back and forth took us 5 hours we are not the most athletic people but it is definitely doable for beginners or people with dogs you just need to push yourself!

Great scenery bugs where horrible and the trails are marked with white diamonds but there is little or no signage to tell you where you are. It is beautiful area though.

We were looking for something moderately long. 5 miles was at the edge of what we wanted, but since we had to park at the park headquarters and walk to the trailhead we added a mile to that including a pretty good hill at the end. I did see some kids at the top but I don't think the outing is for most little ones, unless they are hiking pros.
The view from the top was OK, but not great. There is a fire tower up but they were working on it so it was not open.
Be careful because the park seems to blaze everything in white and we started off the summit on the wrong trail and had to backtrack.
In general I would rate this hike poorly on the effort to reward ratio.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Una mui buen esperiencia

Did a loop from the park HQ to North Mt and back by adding in a visit to South Mt. Starting trails over North Mt were clearly marked and easy to follow. Trails around the Boulder Trail area had poor signage but good blazes on the trail. Signage from the fire tower was a little poor but in retrospect it should have been obvious. Trail conditions were mixed with plenty of clear trails but a fair amount of ice in spots. Descending off North Mt was fairly treacherous. GPS recorded track showed a 10 mile trip that took just about 4 hours to complete with the last hour after sunset. (firetower sunset view was perfect) Some type of traction is highly recommended. HQ Lot > Mountain Trail >Round Pond Trail > North Mt Trail > Boulder Trail > South Ridge Trail > South Mt > Mountain Trail > HQ .

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Nice trail for a stroll, but there was not much of a summit. If you are looking for a hike with a great view of lakes and mountains-this is not the trail for you. This is a nice trail, but a little on the longer side. I probably woukd not do this trail again.

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fun trip up the mountain, but was very confusing getting back to the car. Need to increase the amount of signs to make it easier to find the way back down

Great hike and great views.

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

The Boulder field is pretty cool, lots to see. On the top of the north peak there is a large green metal marker used by WWII bomber pilots returning from Europe for navigation.

LOVED this hike/nature walk!! So many trails to make it as short or as long as you want. We did ten miles that were quite easy. Just beautiful forests, picturesque ponds, and amazing boulders! Such a great day!! Definitely will do it again!!!

hiking
Sunday, August 21, 2016

This was a fun, quick hike. Maybe an hour round trip. Just a handful of people on the trail. People bouldering in a few places once you reach the boulder field.

hiking
Sunday, August 21, 2016

hiked to fire tower which was under construction good to see it getting fixed not so good for the view but still OK if you find a good rock over looking the lake to have lunch all and all a good steep hike

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Beautiful forest, marshes, and these amazing boulders. We did a 10.5 mile trek on various trails, leading up to, and down from, fire tower summit. Lots of easy terrain, but pretty steep final approach to summit. Very peaceful.

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

If you have pets do not go through the main entrance during peak summer time. Youu have to go to the main office and have them show you the trails that are accessible during summer. We hiked a total of 7 miles that day with our small dog. Wonderful views once you hit the top! Most definitely will come back here again.

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Not a pet friendly. we had to turn around!!!!
NO PET ALLOWED

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