Big Crow and Nun-Da-Ga-O Ridge Loop Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Keene, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
A great loop along a ridge with wonderful views south to the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks This is a terrific hike along a horseshoe-shaped ridge called Nun-da-ga-o (Soda Range) that will take you to many ledges for great views as well as to the top of two smaller peaks and past a cool pond. You will have terrific views south to the main bulk of the High Peaks as well as east towards the summit of Hurricane with its firetower on top.
The hike up to Big Crow was nice with great views to be had. We only hiked half of the ridge due to losing the trail at times. The ridge trail is not marked and was hard to follow at times in the snow. We had to snowshoe the whole hike. The road up to the parking was plowed all the way, so we had an additional .4 miles added to the hike.
9/17. Hiked this in reverse order. Started out by hiking to lost pond. Our lab,Stella wanted a bath, but it was muddy and the water was low. She enjoyed it, and shook mud on us both. Continued on to the summit of Weston mountain. Easy hike until the last 3/10 or so mile. This section of the trail was very eroded and steep. Had lunch on top. Lovely views and quite windy. Continued on over the nun da ga o ridge. Nice hike with great views along the rim of the ledge. A bit tricky finding the trail after hiking on the rock ledges. Had to look for scrapes in the rocks from crampons of winter hikers. Really a nice walk thru the forest and at times out on the ledges. However, there was a few scrambles down some rocky cliffs. Had to go ahead to find the trail; than backtrack and in a few places lift the dog off a steep ledge. Slow and steady...
Finished off the hike with a climb up big crow mountain. Well worth the half mile or so hike up! Really great views!!
All in all, a great hike, it is dog friendly; but your best friend will need a helping hand at times!