DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,597 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike- there are some rocky hill bits and my ankles were sore by the end. The forest is lovely and at least on this cold fall day I didn't see too many other people. Fair amount of parking space at the Elk Pen lot too.

Be advised that as of today (10/21/18), the AS trail southwest of the Island Pond is still flooded out. I hiked around it by going off-trail and scrambling for a bit til I recovered the path a ways away (you can't really get lost if you keep the pond on one side and distant traffic noises ahead), but it's tricky and I don't recommend it for everyone. It looks significant enough to be a permanent shift in the lake, and they probably need to reroute the trail in that area.