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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarNovember 12, 2020
HikingMuddy
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Dan Delargy reviewed Groff Creek Trail
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HikingMuddyRocky

Trail head is hard to find. We parked, then walked down the road past a white building with state police signs on it, then over a wooden bridge, then to the end of the road to the start of the trail. If you have a capable vehicle, you can drive this. At the end of the road, you will see a yellow sign on the left that says No ATVs. That is the start of the trail. We missed the start of the trail because we hiked down to Groff Creek, and followed it all the way to the first waterfall. There was beautiful scenery all the way along the creek, but you are making your own trail. The waterfall is beautiful, and swimmable on a hot day. Since we hiked either side of the creek, we didn't have to hike down a steep incline to get to the falls. On the return trip, we hiked back down the creek until we came across the trail we were supposed to take in. the first place. All in all, it is a beautiful fall hike with lots of moss covered boulders in the creek, and a nice waterfall spot to enjoy a snack.

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Andrew Eitelbach reviewed Cedar Lakes and French Louie Trail
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BackpackingGreat!MuddyRockyWashed out

We hiked the Cedar Lakes Trail over two days in late September. The trail was in good shape, except for one foot bridge over a bog. The bridge was passable, so it only added to the trail's charm. Be warned. The final mile of road leading to the trailhead is washed out and closed to cars, so you'll have to walk an additional mile just to start the hike. Because of that road closure, we didn't make it all the way to the southern-most lean to like we intended. We ended up pitching our tent in a really nice campsite overlooking Beaver Pond. This trail is not hard - at all. But lovely. It goes through several types of forest, bog, and meadow. The views along the lake are lovely. It looks like there should be a moose every hundred yards along the shore, though we never saw any. (we did see quite a few moose tracks along the path, however). We did this trail mid week and never saw more than one other party. I would advise those doing this trail in the autumn to wear blaze orange, just to be safe. Online research told us we did this trail during bear season, and since this is not a hugely popular trail, it's a good way for hunters to enter the back country. In fact, there were a few cars in the lot when we arrived, but not any names in the trail registry. It's plausible they were hunters. We never heard anything. But better safe than sorry. The first two lean-tos looked really nice, both well appointed and in good shape with nice fire pits. The campsite we used near Beaver Pond had a nice fire pit as well, with good views of the pond.

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Mark Smorol reviewed Pillsbury Lake
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BackpackingGreat!

Started to do this loop, but had catastrophic equipment failure on the hike in (soles came off both my boots about a mile short of Pillsbury Lake). I did get to spend a beautiful cool night at the lean-to before hiking out 5 miles in water shoes. Good trail, well marked, very little mud, and no bugs. Had to walk in from Sled Harbor, but understood why the road was closed. Looking forward to getting back to complete this loop.

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Joe Shelley reviewed Pillsbury Lake
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Yes!

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Hiking

great day for a hike wish the road to the trailhead was fixed this added e miles of roadwalk but other than that it was refreshing. kudos to the leanto adopters at Pillsbury lake new roof new logs on bottom it is all fixed up nicely.

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karl hafner reviewed French Louis to West Lake Trail
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Hiking

Will be doing this after labor day. There still are DEC reports you can not use military road to the trailhead and bridges are out on the trail. Can anyone report on conditions. Is the road passable with high clearance 4wd? Any stream fords that must be made on the loop?

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Katelyn Tekavec reviewed Groff Creek Trail
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HikingOver grownPrivate property

Hard to find the trail head. Posted signs everywhere and no trail signs. Clearly those living in the road don't want hikers passing through. There really is nowhere to park either!

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Jenna Carls reviewed Groff Creek Trail
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Hiking

Nice easy hike. There are some large trees down across the path, but easy to climb over or under. Saw about 100 red newts on the path. There are 3 waterfalls about 2mi in. I couldn’t find a way to safely get down to the first one. The second one has a steep, mossy, path down with a little pool at the bottom. Watch where you put your hands - there’s poison ivy and stinging nettle along the route. The third smaller waterfall has an easy path down to a spot with a great view.

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R G reviewed Pillsbury Lake
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Hiking

The West side of this loop was beautiful. Sleep at South Lake or West Canada - both are stunning. Cedar Lake wasn’t all that impressive - at least not from the Lean To 1 area. The water line is low. I was told that the best Lean To is #2, followed by #3 (for more solitude). Overall the south end of this loop I found more interesting - Samsung Lake also has a great Lean To.

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Jen Marshall reviewed Pillsbury Lake
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Beautiful and quiet

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Jose Justiniano reviewed Pillsbury Lake
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BackpackingBugs
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Ben Taylor reviewed Groff Creek Trail
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HikingPrivate property

River road basically turns into the trail FYI. Private property signs though I don’t think it included the trail. The end is pretty disappointing, the trail just stops/ends in the woods. Although it’s kind of near a big clearing. And the only way to see the waterfalls is to hike down off trail on very steep declines.

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HikingMuddy
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HikingRocky
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Kevin Mcgovern reviewed Groff Creek Trail
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Hiking

Great hike, when you find the trail. When you drive off asphalt on River Rd go 3.5 miles and park. Walk straight and you are on the trail. We had a nice dog hike! Very nice easy hike! Enjoy!

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Courtney Oliver reviewed French Louis to West Lake Trail
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Backpacking

We hiked this on Labor Day weekend 2018 - got a little late start since we drove in from Boston, but made it to Pillsbury lake right around dusk. The lean-to was occupied so we went a little further down the lakeshore and found multiple established sites to pick from. The view of the lake was excellent and falling asleep to loon calls can’t be beat!

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William Walter reviewed French Louis to West Lake Trail
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Moderate difficulty with great views of lakes. Don’t take fishing gear- no fish. You will see lions on all the lakes and moose tracks everywhere.

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John Blaser reviewed French Louis to West Lake Trail
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BackpackingBlowdownMuddy

I spent 6 days on the French Louis Loop (Pillsbury Mt. Trailhead to Cedar Lakes and back to Pillsbury Mt.) in August 2018. Area is truly special and one of my favorites. The trail had not been cleared before I went through. I don't know if it's true, but I was told that it was due to snow being there late and crews couldn't go through with chain saws. I counted 14 significant blowdowns (that warranted going under, over or around) between the trailhead and West Lake. I disagree with what another contributor said - I think trekking poles are essential and are very helpful if for no other reason because of the trail conditions. Leantos near West Canada Creek, South Pond and West Lake get lots of visitors because of the NPT traffic. There are plenty of places to camp if you follow the regs, especially if you hammock camp. I brought a flyrod and caught trout in West Canada Creek. I didn't fish the lakes and ponds, but will bring my packraft to do so this season. I camped at Pillsbury, near West Lake and the Cedars. This season I plan on getting to Whitney, Sampson and Brooktrout, in addition to spending more time near the Cedar Lakes. I wasn't using All Trails last season, but will give it a try this season.

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Siva Rajendran reviewed French Louis to West Lake Trail
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First to Review

Summer Time Backpacking: Insect repellents are must. Complexity: Easy Terrain: Muddy and swamps all over the trail. Trail is not maintained properly so if it rains you might get into some serious mud. Its was really a challenge to walk on the trail after rain. As its too bushy its hard to find camping spots sometimes but lean-in come in handy. Trekking Pole: Not needed ( carry it if you want some support) Foot Wear: Keens will workout perfect. Scenic View: You will come across few spots near the lean-in / lakes. Water Stream: Lakes all the way, take some filtration units you are fine. Trail Markers: Trail markers are easy to locate. Parking: Almost parking available for 10 cars. Permit: Trail head signup, No fees

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 6, 2017
First to Review

Planned to do this over three days, but did it in two because the last leanto was occupied. Great hike anyway, gorgeous and generally uncrowded.

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Cecily D%27Esopo reviewed Groff Creek Trail
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Hiking
First to Review

Great waterfalls, otherwise a pretty but somewhat nondescript walk in the woods.

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Jackie Guido reviewed French Louis to West Lake Trail
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Nico Villeminot reviewed Pillsbury Lake
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