Alder Lake is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Livingston Manor, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.6 miles Elevation Gain: 85 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bridge out

rocky

washed out

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome little joke around the lake with options to take another trail yo a lean to or balsam lake mt.

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4 months ago

we were so excited to go on this trail, but could not find the start of the trail at all using Google maps... ended up driving somewhere else :(

camping
7 months ago

Love this place

8 months ago

very muddy trail but beautiful lake and woodlands.

hiking
8 months ago

Picturesque trail framing a small lake. Many tent campers about. Easy family hike. Not a large trail head parking area.

hiking
8 months ago

Google Maps directions via AllTrail sent me on a wild goose chase...couldn’t find trail head had to turn around.

9 months ago

fast walk easy warm up

hiking
10 months ago

Very good hike in the snow. There was a storm yesterday which left a good foot of snow on the trail (upwards of 2 feet in some areas where the wind blew it). We went with regular weather proof hiking boots and it was fine (no snow shows). The hike is probably more moderate when there’s a lot of snow. The views of the lake were beautiful and untouched and well worth the trip!

hiking
Fri Nov 09 2018

Leisure hike and good place to camp around alder lake.

walking
Mon Aug 20 2018

I’ll preface that we did this with a 3 year old (not as serious hikers). We did this trail on a sunny, but cool day. The old mansion foundation was fun. About 2/3rd of the trail was wide, clear and easy to walk along with a toddler. Lots of nice little bridges, springs, and wildlife. Good shade. The last 3rd was muddy, but fun with frogs hopping and signs of beavers. Had a quick wade in the pond to cool off. (There was a clean but no-frills portajohn near the parking lot, too.)

hiking
Fri Oct 13 2017

I hiked around lake out to ridge overlook for 9.5 miles round trip, 1300 elevation gain. Easy hike and less rocky than many trails in area. Watch out for hunters in fall.

Sun Oct 08 2017

Fantastic hike especially this time of year

Sun Jul 30 2017

the trail on the east side is really obscured by countless fake trails, none are hard but many go through campsites.

hiking
Sat Apr 15 2017

Super easy trail, well marked and well maintained as of spring 17'. Very relaxing

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Sun May 31 2015

Hiked up to the vista, not much to look at but along the way there's some nice areas and scenery. Camped at the sites on Alder lake, very weekend all around

fishing
Wed Feb 29 2012

Nice walk. Pretty Lake. Last time I was there the mansion was still standing. Good fishing for trout & bullhead. Clean & maintained.

hiking
Tue Nov 01 2011

Wife and I took advantage of nice weather to do a complete circuit around the lake starting from the right side. The bridge was washed out, but was able to navigate across thanks to some large cobbles and boards in the vicinity. After rounding the half way point, the rest of the hike was easier than the first part. Any interested in checking this out, would recommend you bring a hiking stick as certain parts of path may be muddy or unstable.

hiking
Wed Apr 21 2010

Easy hike for kids 6 and up. Nice well kept trail with bridges over the water areas.

Tue Apr 18 2006

The 1.5 mile Alder Lake loop trail is flat and very easy to negotiate. Take time to look at the dam and the mansion at the east end of the lake. Both were constructed at the turn of the century by shipping tycoon Samuel Coykendall. A more interesting challenge lies at the west end of the lake. Here the yellow-blazed Millbrook Ridge trail leads to Balsam Lake Mt with its state fire tower. This is a difficult 6 mile hike with some real climbs along the way. If you don't want to go all the way to the tower you can turn around at several spots. After about 1.5 miles of gentle uphill walking, you will come to the Beaver Meadow Lean-to and spring. Another 2.5 miles of hiking over some rather steep areas, brings you to a lookout above Beecher Lake. There is a Zen monastery on its shores.

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