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Mendon Ponds Park is the largest Monroe County Park with 2,500 acres of woodlands, ponds, wetlands and glacially created landforms. In 1969, it was named to the National Registry of Natural Landmarks due to its geologic history and presence of significant kames, eskers, and kettles. This distinct park offers six Lodges and seven Shelters, all available for rental. Mendon Ponds has many recreational areas; Sharon’s Sensory Garden, Wild Wings, Inc., a Youth Camping area, and a boat launch (non-motorized boats only).

I did come across some horses, as well as horse shit. However, the trail offered a slightly(matter of opinion) challenging, steady incline, then periodic incline, combined with easy down hill or straight up walking.

Notable, green trail offered multiple bathroom stops.

Also a place to to refill your water.

hiking
1 month ago

nice afternoon walk. several other people with dogs, everyone very nice along the trail. Even a couple cross country skiers left. all trails marked clearly. nice rolling hills and great view at the bench. Enjoyable day!!

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail! Some nice hills, very pretty. Took under 2 hours to do the 5 miles. I went when there was some snow on the ground, which was very icy underneath on most of the trail, maybe from the xc skis? So just be careful or bring your microspikes!

3 months ago

Nice trail, good hike.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Well marked, saw plenty of white tail deer. Will definitely go again.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike on well marked trail (green markers). Weather was cold but sunny.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike with the pup! Just make sure you follow the green markings if you want to stay on East Esker Trail. Lots of chipmunks and saw three whitetails!

Moderately strenuous. Hiking boots is a must as it was muddy in some areas.

hiking
7 months ago

The hike is actually closer to 5 miles if you follow the green markers but it was a GREAT hike! My 4 and 7 year olds came along and did amazing! So proud! Will do this one again for sure!

on Quaker Pond Trail

8 months ago

Good nature trail. More grass areas than expected. Will be a good trail for fall foliage. Pond view is nice.

hiking
8 months ago

Short easy loop, but not much to see. Many views obscured by tall grass, weeds, and trees. Also lots of bugs when I was there in the summer.

hiking
8 months ago

Short hike but lots of side trails if you wanted to wander around. Mostly wooded and a few nice views of lake and pond.

Nice trail - mostly wooded so good for hot days. Lots of small up and down hills but nothing too big.

hiking
8 months ago

Was nice. There was no sign at head of trail saying no dogs, but 3/4 around we find a sign. What? To late at this point, kept walking. Park rules say dogs on leash allowed. Was very wet when we walked. Update.... PDF on park we fist printed had no notes on No Dogs.. 10/14 printed another PDF for different hike and now noted No Dogs. wish that had been on first PDF.

hiking
9 months ago

A bit of a challenge in some spots but a nice hike. Many deer sightings along the way today.

hiking
10 months ago

Good trail, well marked with some nice meadow views. Occasionally you walk near the road but that's only for a few hundred yards. The trails had some washout down the center but after all the rain we had in the spring it's to be expected. Bugs weren't bad and saw a bunch of people throughout.

hiking
10 months ago

One of my favorite local places to take my dog for a walk, have met lots of nice people along the trail. Some nice views, very simple trail, can't go wrong walking around Mendon Ponds, all trails are great

Good

trail running
10 months ago

+Good variation in elevation
+Varied and pleasant scenery
+Mostly wide trail

-Horse droppings everywhere
-Vicious black flies
-Can get muddy

Nice hike with our 9 year olds

Saturday, May 13, 2017

This is our favorite Mendon Ponds hike. It's a little long for kids but with so much scenery and an opportunity to feed the birds out of your hands (without the crowds of the Bird Song Trail) we are able to get the kids into it. They also love the board walk that if slightly off of the trail. It is quite flat so it's not a difficult trail.

hiking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The best time to hike in this place is during Fall(October/November). Also, you can spot couple of deer. It takes roughly 2 hours to complete the trail.

hiking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Great trail with lots of varying terrain. We ran out of daylight or we would have finished it I would like to go back to complete the trail.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

So great! A little of everything on this trail.

hiking
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Nice trail -one of my favorites in Mendon. It's got some good ups and downs and is well marked. I did this last week and it definitely had some slick and icy parts in the snow. Some of the trail is ny the road which isn't the nicest but overall it's an enjoyable hike. I saw two deer as well by the water tower. In years past I have cross country skied this trail as well.

hiking
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Spotted a coyote on this trail this afternoon. He ran away from me! Beautiful walk otherwise.

hiking
Saturday, September 10, 2016

have hiked and snow shoed here multiple times. nice if you're looking to get out for a few hours close to rochester. plenty to explore in the park

hiking
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Great fairly easy hike if you stick to the main trail. Good combination of wooded and open areas with a good amount of ridge hiking. Only negative is there are a lot of loose stones on the sharper inclines.

hiking
Monday, July 25, 2016

It is a decent trail. Not busy at all so a good place to hike and relax. Pay close attention to the markers though or you may go in circles all day. Make sure you wear bug spray!

hiking
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Good easy flat walk. Some open, some wooded.

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