nature trips



I did this beautiful a hike a few years back. Really awesome hike, and the trail was in great shape. Stewart Lake was clearly visible but not accessible when I went due to the area around the shoreline being very wet. With the appropriate gear you could probably get to the water, or perhaps if you are adventurous and find a route around the other side of the lake. Indian Lake is simply spectacular. The trail just opens up the shore of the lake, and it's nothing but peace, quiet, and a beautiful lake with a small wooded mountain in the backdrop. What more could you want out of the Adirondacks?

Great little hike! Hiked it with my four kids! The north trail is nice and quick. The east trail was fun.. just a little muddy in spots. Love this hike! Great views from the top!

20 days ago

The short route to the top is a fairly quick and enjoyable hike to one of the greatest bang for your buck hikes in all the Adirondacks! This is also a great way to at least get your feet wet in some relatively steep climbing if you desire to do some more challenging mountains. Awesome for dogs, kids, and people of all ages! Also great for snowshoeing!

Nice day for a solo hike, there was only one mud patch along the way other than that the trails were great! The view from the summit was incredible once you make it to the top of the fire tower!! Another fire tower challenge complete!

My two kids, ages 8 and 9 1/2 hiked the loop today. Trail was well marked, and well maintained. A little muddy in spots which is to be expected this time of year. No view at the top unless you go up the fire tower. We all were a little skeptical at first but loved it once we up top! Definitely doing this one again and again.

Pro: Nice hike.

Cons: A lot of broken glass from people partying & view only from the tower.

Did the loop. Nice well marked trails. Great view from the fire tower. The trail is relatively easy with some wet areas, but mostly in good shape. Family friendly as I joined a family of nine and all ages at the top.

The parking lot was like a frozen pond. all of the thick ice was covered by fresh snow so I didn't know until I tried to stop and kept going. Luckily I was able to carefully turn my car around and there was traction on the one side of the parking lot. The cell service is spotty so I don't know if I would have been able to call for a tow truck. The mountain was the same way. Some parts looked like a frozen waterfall(not a bad thing). I had ice spikes so it didn't slow me down. My dog had some trouble but it gave me a few laughs. Overall the hike was short but rewarding. The only downside was all the graffiti on the cabin and the tower. It's sad that people can't respect the property for other people to enjoy.

Hiked w micros after a 26 below F Sunday morning followed by couple inches of rain 48 hours before. Snow set up good for micros would need more snow for snowshoes. First time up the red east trail and down the longer looped yellow north trail. Great views from tower. Worth a couple hours on the woods on a cold mid January day.

Always a nice mini-hike, depressing to see what vandals have done to the cabin.

Wind chill dropped temps to below -20 at the top of the tower but clear skies and sun made for good views. Walked up the trail in regular snow boots; followed someone else's tracks. Minimal to no ice today.

A short, but nice hike. There aren't a ton of views on the way but the views from the fire tower make up for it.

6 months ago

Want to get away for a little bit? This is the perfect place!

Nice trail, well marked. Good for a shorter hike but a LOT of people and had to wait to go up the fire tower but it had nice views.

In and Out Red Trail. Trail was dry and even though they rate it moderate, I would say this is more easy to moderate even for the red trail. You will need to climb the tower to appreciate the views and it will be worth it. No Summit Marker was located so don't look for it.

nice easy hike

Lovely trail. There's no view from the top of the mountain but when you get up the tower it will take your breath away.

Very easy, nice walk in the woods with the dog. Took the trail off to the left at the trail head .6 to the fire tower. Tower is in great condition.

Nice hike. Only took about an hour to complete . Awesome views from the top of the fire tower.

8 months ago

Short trail with a beautiful lake at the end. As stated before, Holmes Rd can be rough for cars but there a multiple parking areas past Old Peters Mill Rd and also near the end barrier (recommended only for high clearance vehicles). This trail is not frequented especially during the week so it can be very quiet. If you decide to do Little Holmes Lake as well, the trail is marked by faded pink/red ribbon and the trail is overgrown. The junction for the trail is off of the Shutt Rd trail at a junction where there are (3) orange snowmobile markers and Shutt Rd will start to go westward. Holmes lake would be a great location for a beginners overnight, short hike with a lean-to, verizon service is spotty, however.

View at the top of the tower is breathtaking

8 months ago

I am so grateful this place exists. The walk was long, but so worth it. There were some muddy spots but nothing that was too hard to handle. The lake was absolutely incredible. The water was so clear you could see the plants growing at the bottom which gave me the creeps since it seemed at least 40 feet deep but it was amazing. There are big rocks you can walk onto to star gaze over the water. It was absolutely beautiful. People had even left cans of food and toilet paper! The lean to was bigger than I expected and was very cozy to sit in while a fire was going. Since my boyfriend, my friend and I were unable to stay, we had to walk back in the dark which I would not recommend because we got lost a couple times and had to retrace our steps so camping there is the best idea. We cannot wait to return to this place. I would recommend this to everyone if I didn’t want to keep this my little secret. One of the most interesting things was a journal left in the lean to which had pages and pages of entries from so many people writing of why they came up there and what they did and how they felt about the place. It was exciting for us to add our own entry too. Never been more in love.

Descent loop not to difficult views were ok nothing spectacular but another tower down

9 months ago

Great hike and the view at the top of the tower is amazing!

I love this hike. I go once every season and have been going since I was little. The view from the top of the fire tower is breathtaking each and every time.

Beautiful views from the top , shorter trail is a very steep incline , so if you have littles with you I suggest the other trail , well worth the hike and the views from the Fire Tower are amazing


Beautiful views

10 months ago

very peaceful hike, with a beautiful view from the tower :)

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