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Fourth Connecticut Lake Preserve Trail

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Fourth Connecticut Lake Preserve

Fourth Connecticut Lake Preserve Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Chartierville, Quebec, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 436 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

The loop trail starts west of the parking lot next to the border crossing station. The first half mile is steep, rocky, and wet in sections before it turns left and drops down to the shore of the Lake. Upon reaching the water, turn either right or left to follow the loop trail around the Lake. At the southern end of the pond, you'll cross a small stream that marks the very beginning of the Connecticut River. Continuing around the pond will bring you full circle back to the main trail leading back to US 3. This Preserve is managed by The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire, and is an excellent place for walking and observing wildlife. Camping, fires, pets, or wheeled vehicles are not permitted on the Preserve.

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muddy
5 months ago

You will want to park in the parking lot and skim around to the trailhead. Signs are posted. This is a lovely hike around the 4 CT Lake. Have fun playing with the border boundary markers too.

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over grown
6 months ago

Great hike. Bit overgrown in some parts but overall a good time.

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muddy
7 months ago

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over grown
rocky
8 months ago

Awesome trail with some nice views for relatively little work. Beautiful mountain lake with chance to spot a moose most likely (but we didn’t). We hiked it August 4 and by then bugs and mud weren’t bad at all.

Mon Jul 30 2018

A good afternoon hike, lots of wildflowers and barriers along the trail. The trail weaves in and out Canada and the US.

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Sun Jul 22 2018

Did this one on Saturday,7/21. Overgrown in the beginning, but it does clear up. Found some raspberries and blueberries along the way; also two markers where you cross back and forth between the US and Canada. The silence at the pond at the top was golden. Great hike!

Sat Jun 09 2018

Beautiful and pretty easy scramble up and down. Took is about 1.5 hours!

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Sun Mar 25 2018

Fun trail along the U.S. Canadian border and around the pond. Park on the right before the border crossing the trail starts on the left beyond the customs building. Watch for the border markers as you go. Border agents seem annoyed if you approach the building to ask questions.

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Thu Aug 17 2017

The final destination is well worth the hike up. I also did not mind the boulders to climb over. And the views are amazing. We saw moose tracks, bear scat and prints. And the venturing between Canada and the USA is a pretty neat feeling. On the flip side, most of the trail is overgrown and a lot of prickly plants to scratch you. But overall. Beautiful!

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Fri Aug 11 2017

great hike, awesome views and loved the loop around the pond. It would have been nice to know before driving up there and getting my 2 dogs all geared up and walk over to find out NO DOGS ALLOWED. but still an great hike if your dogless

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Wed Jun 21 2017

Awesome trail and views. Going up the mountain is challenging with the steep rocks and moisture. It started to rain during our hike so it became very slippery and caused 3 of us to have minor falls. I highly recommend this trail ... Just be careful of the rocks and moisture.

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Wed Jun 07 2017

Great trail that starts with a few very steep climbs. The loop around the lake is amazing and peaceful. Only passed one other couple just after beginning the trail. Talking to them, it was their second attempt at the trail because they turned around the first time they hiked it, not knowing how much further they had to climb to get to the lake. Overall, it's not a long hike. The steep beginning just makes it feel that way. Some parts around the lake really give you that complete seclusion feeling. There is a clearly marked parking area to the right of customs building when you drive up, and signs leading to the trailhead from there. No requirement to check in or stop at customs. The border markers throughout are kind of cool to think that you are straddling the 2 countries.

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