Guilder Pond and Mount Washington Lookout Trail

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Mount Everett State Reservation

Guilder Pond and Mount Washington Lookout Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Copake Falls, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and canoeing and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 951 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips




wild flowers


Trail around the pond was very easy and beautiful. Nice places to stop and have a picnic. Our kids and dog loved it. We took the harder trail up to Mt Everett. This was a bit more strenuous but not difficult at all. Breathtaking view just before reaching the top. Overall easy hike with kids and dog and not long at all!

10 days ago

great hike, little muddy on the way up the summit. pond loop has awesome water views

2 months ago

3 months ago

Most of the way up is an old road bed and not hard to follow. Once you hit the pond you follow blue blazes around. Very well marked. Husband and I hiked in the winter so we came prepared with layers and yak tracks for ice. Not much snow fall this year but glad we had the extra traction. We didn’t have time to go to summit so we just did the guilder pond loop. Very nice and quiet some very mild scrambling which I imagine is easier during prime season but we love the challenge of a winter hike. Would recommend as it had lovely pond views around the loop.

8 months ago

Only went back & forth around Guilder Pond. It's well marked and not difficult, but nevertheless a nice little hike. Will have to head upward next visit.

9 months ago

7.31.19. A straightforward and easy circuit around one of my favorite places, Guilder Pond. We parked by the Mount Everett gates (off East St in Mt. Washington) and walked up the road to the Guilder Pond loop (blue blazes). We didn’t tackle the climb to the top of Mount Everett this time around, but if you do, you’re in for a great view. My stats as a guide: Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 407 feet Moving Time 1:02:51

Tue Oct 16 2018

i had a great day doing all this on a whim. got up early to go to sunset rock and see what i could find after that. i didn't know about this trail but found it after doing subset rock & on my way to bash bish falls. when i went pass the Mount everett state reservation sign i quickly turned around and went exploring. sure glad i did. i took the trail around the pond and then up to the lean-to and only .30 mile the summit. i love very step of the way and fell in love with this little pond. after doing bash bish i came back here because there was a picnic table at the pond and had a late lunch. there is two entrances for sunset rock (as a NY & Mass entrance for bash bish) one is a 1.6 out & back or 3.6 loop. i like to take it slow and enjoy the trails so i was very happy i had an early start to get all 3 in on one day. nice woods, great views, falls and a wonderful little pond. what more can you ask out of an unplanned day trip.

Mon Aug 21 2017

Good elevation for 10 year old to make to the top, good view.


Mon Nov 07 2016

easy, nice

Wed Apr 27 2016

very nice and easy trail. My 3,5 and 7 year olds had no problem with the trail.

Sun Aug 31 2014

This trail runs off the Appalachian trail and goes around the circumference of Guilder Pond. We walked this trail and stopped on a rock alongside the pond for a picnic before heading to the Bash Bish Falls trail (the MA trail) which is a few miles up the road. The trail and the pond were very quiet when we were there - a nice contrast to the busier Bash Bish.

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