Holmes Lake

MODERATE 3 reviews

Holmes Lake is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bleecker, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
452 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

muddy

washed out

backpacking
27 days ago

I went backpacking by myself. I recommend parking at the CR 125 junction before entering in. There is parking nook on the left side beginning of Holmes Road. I parked overnight with no problems. Half of Holmes Road leading to the lake is private property so you will notice a lot of tire marks and signs to not enter off the road. Some are very muddy. You will see a yellow gate blocking all cars to enter and the trail from then on has mini creeks so you have to walk around the trail if you don't have rain boots. Overall the end point is beautiful and there is a premade campfire setup by others. The view is great to wakeup to during the sunrise.

1 month ago

Nice little walk through the woods. The lake itself is crystal clear and there is a small campsite right on the lake for tenting . The lean-to is set back a few hundred feet from the lake but is clean and has pots/pans/ and a metal grate for cooking already there. The trail shown on the map is actually mostly dirt road. Cars can drive down 1/4 of the trail. Off-road vehicles can drive down 1/2 the trail before being stopped by a metal barricade where the actual trail begins. It's one mile from the end of the dirt road to the lake. I parked 1/4 of the way in and it only took an hour to get to the lake. Would make a nice spot to camp for anyone who doesn't want to walk far but still wants to be away from civilization. I did see perch fish jumping out of the lake to catch dragonflies and there are signs that suggest trout live in there as well. Trail was fairly dry with some boggy spots but it's easy enough to get around them.

snowshoeing
Monday, October 05, 2015