3 days ago

Pretty ponds, a couple lean-tos, and a few sites to camp, up and down hill walk in the woods.

Good moderately paced, pretty rocky but a nice trail.

Relatively easy trail along a snowmobile path. The trail takes you to two lakes, through a young birch-tree forest and a two-part cascading waterfall.

trail running
2 months ago

Good trail for running - not super rocky or technical.

Hiked to trout pond from cambell mountain. The hike was good exercise but there is a parking area closer and the short distance means more people. But all and all not bad

5 months ago

So note to self, bring snowshoes next time just in case. Anyways I started from the trailhead at about 7 pm which gave me about 45 minutes to reach the first lean-to by dark. Thankfully the trail was well marked because there wasn’t a single footprint in the 6-9 inch deep snow. So I hoofed it over to the trout pond lean-to just as the sun dipped behind the horizon and had the entire place to myself. Got a fire going and some food cooking and my friend Jim Bean kept me cozy till the firewood was all spent. A little rat/squirrel woke me up around 4 as it scratched away at the little log book in the hut but beyond that I didn’t hear anything besides the water in the rushing stream nearby. When the sun rose in the morning it was a fantastic view of the frozen pond. I headed back out and plan to return when it’s warmer out. I’ll leave some photos for the curious

A moderate hike up to a lovely pond perfect for taking a dip. Will definitely be returning here in the summer

Sunday, September 03, 2017

East to moderate hike to 2 ponds. just walking in the woods.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hiked this trail on New Years Day! Cold but beautiful!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Camped here in February in a hot tent and also in July,both experiences were absolutely amazing. The sites are first come first serve so it would be wise to hike in as early as possible on a Friday to get a good spot right off the lake. The views are beautiful and it's just far enough away from civilization to not hear vehicles passing and still be able to get out quickly in case of an emergency. I'll definitely be returning here for years to come.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

There is camping allowed in this area, some close to parking some that require going a ways in, some lean-tos as well. Rocky but mild inclines. One section is shown as a road on the map but is more of a snowmobile trail. Can be done as a 4.4 mile loop, which I would rate as easy

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I just came back to Trout Pond after 30 years. Still an awesome place to camp and hike. So many good memories here, and now I was able to pass these on to my kids.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nice relaxing afternoon hike. We swam for a bit in trout pond. It's quite warm for a mountain lake. Seems like a nice place to camp for the weekend.

Monday, June 27, 2016

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.

Friday, June 24, 2016

The trail is beautiful and winding. The entire first mile is uphill, so it can get somewhat difficult but it's nothing too bad. There are really great old building foundations from a time where this once was a habited area.
.....So bring your camera and a great hiking stick!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hiked in from Morton Hill Rd. and camped at upper lean-to on Trout Pond. It was beautiful over looking the lake and the weather was nearly perfect.
We dragged a canoe up to the pond with all of our gear for the long weekend. What an epic battle getting uphill to the pond...
We were quite surprised to see vehicles drive in and out once we reached the pond. We asked how they got in, but our questions were met with some abrasion. Seems like somebody is sharing a key. The folks we asked did not appear to have any disability.
Funny, cause one of our group has a paralyzed arm and can only carry minimal gear...
It was fun

Sunday, April 19, 2015

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.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Question: Why is the Season only June Thru Oct. ? Regulation or weather? Thanks all! Will report back - planning on this being an early year outing if I can get up in April or May.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Can someone provide directions to trailhead? where do you start and where do you park? thanks!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

We have done the Mud Pond/Trout Pond round about over hill and dale and over the mountain top, too, and it was a difficult, not impossible, but lovely hike in which you got to see America rise and fall in terms of its acquaintance and departures with and from the wilderness, per se. There are some old foundations, as you come back from Mud Pond and head over the mountain towards Trout Pond, and you can see that this was once a "settled place" among all that is now forgotten. Kind of sad in a way. We were out for a walk. We didn't expect to encounter history staring us in the face, and the voices of the dead and departed calling out to us from the grassy fields. It is a wonder to take a walk through history whenever it presents itself. Hallowed ground it was, in a way, but no tombstones.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Nice moderate hike with two gorgeous lakes.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

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!

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