Hodge Pond and Frick Pond Loop Trail

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Willowemoc Wild Forest

Hodge Pond and Frick Pond Loop Trail is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Livingston Manor, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length6.5 miElevation gain826 ftRoute typeLoop
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Hodge Pond Loop From Frick Pond Trailhead, follow the blue DEC markers of Flynn Trail north to Beech Mountain Nature Preserve, a private inholding with a NYS easement for a public footpath. The trail passes by the south shore of Hodge Pond, about 2.4 miles from the parking area, before returning to State Forest Preserve. Continuing westward, the Flynn Trail ends at Junkyard Junction (3.2 miles). From here, one can return to the trailhead parking lot via the red DEC markers of Quick Lake Trail, passing by Frick Pond. Total distance, 6.3 miles.

New York State Division of Tourism, One Commerce Plaza , Albany, NY, 12245, Phone: 518-474-4116

Directions from Sullivan County, NY: The Willowemoc Wild Forest lies primarily in northern Sullivan County lying 18 miles north of Liberty and 9 miles northeast of Livingston Manor. It encompasses the towns of Neversink and Rockland stretching into Denning and Hardengburg which lie in Ulster County. The Forest also surrounds Mongaup Pond Campground. Trailhead parking is well marked. The more popular trailheads include:Black Bear Road Trailhead - Located in the town of Denning, 2 miles northwest of Claryville.Long Pond Trailhead - Located in the town of Neversink on Flugertown Road, 3 miles northeast of Willowemoc.Mongaup Pond Campground - From Livingston Manor, take SR 81 east for about 1 mile. It will turn into SR 82; continue east several more miles. You will be paralleling Willowemoc Creek. Turn left onto Mongaup Road / Fish Hatchery Road which is near the confluence of Willowemoc and Mongaup Creeks in DeBruce. Head north about 2 miles. The road will fork. Bear right onto Mongaup Pond Road which carries you into the campground.Frick Pond Trailhead - Located north of the tiny burg of DeBruce. Travel to the fork 1 mile south of Mongaup Pond Campground (see directions above). Bear left onto Beech Mountain Road.

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Siona R
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no idea what this trail is like - arrived at the designated trail parking lot march 2021 to be greated by a territorial, bold large dalmation-looking dog. it started walking up to us as soon as we parked - and continued to approach quickly. owner was not in sight, and it started to trot at us as we quickly got in the car and the dog followed us several feet down the road. not sure why this dog's owner lets his dog off leash and chasing off folks who are just looking to hike a trail, a trail recommended by the locals in town and spoken about it's beautiful sights. my suspicion is the dog belongs to the person who owns the house next to the trail head.. I don't recommend unless you have animal pepper spray and are ready to confront the owner

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Shane Barrett
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Starting up blue trail, long gradual incline. Well marked blue to red trails.Hodge Pond was a nice view but rest is mostly all woods. Good trail, snow packed, some water crossings.

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Kaeleigh Forsyth
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Amazing day. Unfortunately this trail claimed my father

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Joel Rothenberg
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more like 7 miles, very muddy at parts and there was creek you need to cross around mile 5

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Louise Hendry
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dana bay
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Jessica Dealy
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HikingFlooded

Bugs are a bit too much during the summer months.

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Jessica Reed
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Hiking

Nice and hilly on the shortcut to the blue trail!

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James O'Donnell
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

Relatively quiet trail and very well marked but, as others have pointed out, muddy and buggy with not a lot of views. On the easy side of moderate, especially if starting from Flynn Trail (blue) and coming back on Quick Lake Trail (red) as that makes Quick Lake Trail a steady decline the whole way back. Hiking boots recommended due to mud. Long pants recommended due to overgrowth and bugs.

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Ian Landsman
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Rhea Lyons
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HikingBugsMuddy

Gorgeous trail. Parts were a bit muddy due to recent rainstorms but nothing waterproof hiking boots can’t handle. Not all that hilly, really wide trail.

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Terenia Hankewycz
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Hiking

Nice trail, well worth the hike. Hodge pond is a great spot to stop mid hike for a swim, and Frick Pond has a fantastic view.

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Yosef Platt
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RunningMuddyOver grown

Pretty muddy in parts. Nice, quiet trail (I went on a Weekday morning). Fun run! Note, my run was really 6.8 miles, I just forgot to hit “record” until I was on the trail for a bit.

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Ewa M (_noooope)
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Cole Stern
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A bit boring with a few different phases of green and water.

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Salty .
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Christopher Simmons
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Lindsay Turley
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RunningBlowdownIcyMuddy

I had planned to run all the way to Quick Lake, but the path was basically a stream with a thin layer of ice over it. Beautiful, but not the right conditions. Re-routed up to Hodge Pond and the trail got much better. Nice descent on Flynn Trail.

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