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

I did 3 days on this trail.
I quit smoking..it was heart breaking and beautiful at the same time.
always be special to me.

hiking
2 months ago

A great woods trail. Following cnyhiking.com instructions for the Morgan Hill Short Loop trail was much more helpful (but I like the All Trails Pro feature of following my position along the trail on my phone) I cut it short at Shackham Rd. rather than going on to Jones Hill. Completed about 9 miles this way (according to my Fitbit). What nobody mentions below is that this follows the North Country Trail with blue blazes and is quite well marked. Not for the beginner - but not as steep as some gorge rim trails I've hiked. Watch your step, especially when it's wet. Yes, there's a lot of walking up the roads, but I need to get out of the woods to not feel so closed in all the time, it was a welcome break. The roads are lightly traveled, so it was like a nice walk up a country road. Will be going back to hit the other side at some point.

An ok hike, some nice woodsy spots, however too much road sections.
Basically it's two tracks knitted together. The start is down Herlihy Road at the base of Spruce Pond. Across the pond is the trail, part of the Finger Lakes Trail, the Blue marker. Turn left and after 3.3km of winding through the forest, crossing Shackham Road & Pond, it hits turns left on Morgan Hill Road, back across Shackham and onto Herlihy Road for another 2.0km. Near the start at Spruce Pond, it turns right on the Orange Trail, a great 2.8km, however then it empties back onto Herlihy Road for the final 1.0km.

hiking
4 months ago

The section on the road was boring but the rest of the trail is beautiful with plenty to look at. There are some tough elevation changes, though there are plenty of flat sections to break it up.

I've done this hike many times and would recommend it anyone

hiking
11 months ago

Pleasant day hike with options to explore further or take shortcuts as needed. Great view to the northwest across Labrador Hollow from the hang glider spot at the northwestern most point of the hike. A relatively new bike trail on the east side lets you bypass most of the long walk on Morgan Hill Rd and keep to the woods, but you do shortcut the northeast corner of the hike this way.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice walk, hike, walk....You start out going up a dirt/gravel road, with pretty forest on either side. once at the top a left turn into a beautiful , well marked forest trail. Eventually you make it back onto Morgan hill road to finish your walk. think we will bring the dogs next time.

hiking
Monday, October 23, 2017

Was a beautiful hike on a nice day, little bit of mud in some places, but manageable. Very clean trails, great views, peaceful too. Happy to be allowed to walk through the private lands still.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The first half of the trail was great. The second half seemed to be a made up trail. We ended up walking 10 miles and only did about 3/4 of it. Check the trail before doing it.

hiking
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

hiking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

A pleasant walk with moderate activity on weekends, otherwise quiet.

hiking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

A portion of the blue-markered trail was closed about a mile in. There is a new detour trail marked with pink flags that links back up to the trail at the clearing that overlooks Labrador Hollow. The beginning of the "pink flag" trail is a little rough and through tall grass, but after ~1/4 mile it gets a little better and heads back into the woods. We didn't hike the full trail, but made it down to Tinker falls. It was our first time here and we enjoyed it. The only negatives were that a portion was closed and that it was very wet/muddy most of the way.

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

I'd rate this as moderate. I read the trail reviews and used this site to help guide me http://www.cnyhiking.com/Spruce-ShackhamPondLoop.htm. I'm not sure where I missed any turns, but the mileage/directions seemed off. I parked at the dirt parking lot on Herlilhy Road. You can see the trail sign at the end of the pond. I took the blue trail, which was clearly marked. Then, there were some private posted signs that warned you to stay on the trail only. About 1.5-2 miles in, you come to a clearing with a great view of the pond. From there, I continued straight down a wide dirt trail. At 2.75 miles, I reached the end of the trail and RT 91. There were several offshoots for blue and orange trails off this wide, dirt trail, but I couldn't tell which was supposed to be the right loop. I ended up just turning back around and leaving the way I came. Long hike but definitely do able for my 5 month old puppy. She loved all the mud! I wouldn't do this trail again, but for the area, the view at the top is great.

The hike was very enjoyable and the lakes were the beautiful scenic highlights of this trip. The trail was muddy and got much more difficult when the trail becomes part of the FLT system. I had to back track once because I missed the turn at the second lake (shackham?), I never found the trail and just took the road to the lake and FLT entrance.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

As shown, very steep first quarter mile but much easier after that. Follow blue blazes for main trail. Great short hike 1.5 miles to very scenic clearing atop Morgan Hill with great views of the valley and Labrador Pond. Trailhead across the pond from the parking area. Trail very muddy in spots so boots are a must.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

This is a beautiful and quiet area. Be aware that there is no "trailhead" as it goes along the North Country Trail. The parking area where this brings you is not very clearly marked, but offers enough room on the side of the dirt road for about 3 cars. The trail is very clearly marked with blue blaze lines on the trees. If you're looking for a quiet destination and an easy hike, I'd highly recommend this route!

backpacking
Monday, March 20, 2017

This a a fairly difficult trail. Plenty of elevation ups and downs. Very scenic and few other hikers. Ample camping spots and one lean-to located 1.75 miles north of Shackham Road.

backpacking
Monday, March 20, 2017

Did a 13 mile loop around Morgan Hill and camped overnight. Alot of elevation gain and several descents. Several excellent views along the way!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Trails were great but not marked well. Suggest starting at parking area and hiking up hill across from parking lot where there is a small wooden bridge across ditch. Trail goes uphill. Follow it to first gravel road. Go right and take first left gravel road which takes you to pond. Hike blue trail that is on left side of pond for a short distance as you circle pond. Keep right on trail fork where trail then becomes orange trail again. It has beautiful creek views and brings you right back to parking area for a total hike of just over six miles

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

This trail system is awesome! Its part of the NCT which goes from Maine all the way to North Dakota. Theres 14 mile loops with lean-to's along the way. The trail has ponds and waterfalls along the way and even a nice lookout spot thats used for hang gliding that over looks labrador hollow pond. The trail also brings you to the top of tinker falls. I would consider this a moderate trail to hike. You can find detailed maps at fingerlakestrails.org

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

This was a decent hike for me to get back into hiking with after a bit of a hiatus. The first mile or so had me wondering if it was a hike at all though. I almost got discouraged because it started out as a gravel road. Personally I don't consider it a hike if I could do it in my Ford. But after a while it redeemed itself. Wasn't too strenuous and the views of the ponds were nice. It was raining a bit but nothing too hard and I think it was a good thing because there were probably fewer people out because of it.

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

So we parked at the first parking spot by the entrance to the orange trail. We hiked all the way through the trail until we got to a road. We decided to right(back towards the car) and walk the road. We saw a lake to our left at the fork in the road and decided to walk around the lake. The trail was still the orange trail, but there was a blue trail that led up the mountain. We took the orange trail, which led us back to the car. The hike was okay, not what I'm used to. I like having a destination, beginning and end, like the peak of a mountain or a loop trail. I felt like the trail went in and on. Only greenery with a lake, no cool views or obstacles. I'm an avid hiker and this hike pretty much didn't live up to my expectations. It's alright for someone who likes to "walk" around the woods.

Bring bug spray...

trail running
Friday, July 08, 2016

The blue trail ranged from easy to hard! Getting to the top (the views) was worth the climb. It took some investigating to find the trail head.

Friday, June 17, 2016

very steep off the start but the view is worth it once you get to the top.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Terrific hike/trail run

hiking
Friday, April 01, 2016

Very clear and well marked trail. No spectacular views, but it's a nice walk through the woods. If you're lucky you'll spot some deer.

camping
Saturday, August 01, 2015

I love this trail. Beautiful views and good hiking.

hiking
Monday, June 08, 2015

The trailhead is hard to find (it's off the side of the road, a bit of a walk from the parking area). If you end up on a trail with signs for a snowmobile path, you haven't gone far enough down the road.

The pond is lovely and the hike winds through a tall forest with plenty of shade; perfect for a summer day.

hiking
Friday, March 02, 2012

Its a great trail, I only give it a 4 star becuase I don't love trails that are so meticulously built. Follows some better visual routes than if you just bushwacked. Also nicely maintained in the watery areas. Not a hard trail, but best to take a half day and enjoy and

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