Hodge Pond and Frick Pond Loop Trail is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hardenburg, 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.
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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.
We went down from the car park past frick pond then tried to follow the Frick Pond Trl on map. It is incorrect and the route to follow it is theoretical at best, and badly marked if at all. There is good camping by Hodge Pond and a good walk back on blue markers. Very very buggy in the lower sections around Frick Pond, and the track is mainly an old road, making the walking easy.
Beautiful winter's day hike..a wisp of a wind sending a mist of snow from the lightly covered branches over head....peaceful..quiet..serene..bring your hiking sticks...icy spots under the snow..but well worth the trek
Started the Flynn Trail (blue) at the Frick Pond Trailhead. It is a little confusing as there are no turning markers but just follow the wide lane to Hodge Pond. There are signs along the way to keep you going in the right direction. Wear long pants as the trail is overgrown in many areas. There are no high spots or lookouts, just a nice hike to a secluded lake. I did the loop trail by turning left at the lake and then following the red trail back to the parking lot. The trail is mostly under the trees so it is nice to do on a really sunny hot day when you just want to be with nature. Take a picture with your phone of the map by the trailhead to know you are going in the right direction. My trail route came in at almost 7 miles.
Long Pond trail in Willowemoc, NY is one of the best trails to take youngsters on. It is great for beginners because it is a nice hike in, with just the first 1/8th mile a warm up grade. The pond is fun for studying nature up close, even in February. A spring like snow was coming down and added another dimension of pleasure to the 4 hour trip, with plenty of hang out time included.
We are fortunate to live in Willowemoc and having grown up here I can attest to the fact that this area has something to offer any outdoor enthusiast.The Willowemoc Wild Forest Trail is one of many here in the Catskills that will deliver you to the adventure you seek.