Lisha Kill Nature Loop

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Lisha Kill Nature Loop is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Schenectady, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 295 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

wild flowers

Trail consists of Grattan Family Trail (red), Frank's Trail (yellow), and Paul's Trail (blue). The Lisha Kill Preserve, owned by the Nature Conservancy, is a rare example of an old growth forest in a developed area. Some of trees (Eastern white pine and Eastern hemlock) are estimated to be well over 200 years old. Route 7 was originally slated to pass through this lovely forest. Through the efforts of local residents, it was saved for future generations. The trail (marked with red) heads south crossing a creek on a small bridge. Soon you reach a T-intersection. Bear right and continue along the top edge of the ravine. The trail drops down to the level of the stream before climbing again and returning you back at the T-intersection. Turn right and head back to the parking area.

Mudiness is manageable. Quiet hike. Engaging elevations.

hiking
muddy
22 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty muddy. More of a balance workout just trying to avoid the thick mud!

1 month ago

Easy to moderate, my dog, 74 yr old father and 9 year old son had no problems, though they're tired after a couple of hours! Very nice area.

hiking
2 months ago

I found the markers very easy to follow. Little muddy but not too bad. Good trail to use to try and get a puppy used to hiking.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

First time here and I enjoyed it greatly. A few people out and about on the trail, a couple of dogs enjoying the spring weather as well! I had read about it being hard to follow but honestly I had not a bit of trouble with any of the trail markers... Its an easy hike with a few hills, it was muddy so just take your time.

hiking
off trail
scramble
snow
2 months ago

would not recommend. worst trail I have ever done. got lost instantly. other only tra marker I saw was the very first one. pretty much ruined my day

hiking
snow
3 months ago

So pretty! It was a little icy underneath the snow, so microspikes were necessary for the hills, but it was a really great little trail. You really feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. Because it’s in a creek area, there are some hills, but it’s a nice little workout for novices, and enjoyable for all.

hiking
6 months ago

Very difficult to follow trail markers and path was not well kept when I went in October.

walking
8 months ago

Nice woodland preserve, but the trail markings can be erratic. It's easy to wander down a clear path that tapers off to raggedy scrub. The blue trail markers in particular seem to be clustered so close together that it has two or three blazes on one tree, and three more on the next tree 12 feet away, and then five more blazes on the next five trees. Then, nothing.... So download the map before you head out, or follow the blue dot as you go, to make sure you don't end up climbing several extra ravine slopes in search of the path.

hiking
9 months ago

Love this hike. Be prepared for a few steep climbs, which are tricky when muddy. Access to the creek at the end of the trail was rewarding and refreshing. Good chance for the dog to splash around and cool off!

hiking
Wednesday, May 09, 2018

this is a very nice trail! very well-marked and maintained. flows nicely through the terrain. Bridges and creeks throughout here and there. lots of different watering spots for the dog. beautiful Forest scenery. no real difficulties getting around anywhere on this trail. there are up and down slopes but nothing really difficult to walk. trail conditions are excellent today. beautiful day, great exercise! 8 May 2018

walking
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Might be easy for some, but I found it steep and not well marked. will try it again in dryer weather.

hiking
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A little steep to first get onto the trail but once on it’s a great trail.

hiking
Friday, January 19, 2018

A quick loop that my dog loves to do!

hiking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Great trail that's easy to find. It's well marked except for the very beginning. Once you are on it, easy to follow. It's mostly shade and very peaceful especially by the babbling brook. It's a keeper. Good trail to take your dog too!

trail running
Friday, August 18, 2017

Nice little short trail. Only elevation is basically at the beginning of the trail as you descend towards the river. Well marked and well maintained

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I loved the Trail, just I wouldn't go again at night! Definitely will recommend this preserve

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Good trail. Well marked.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Best trail near home and I did not know about this one.Everything on this trail is so perfect..A stream along the trail, kids friendly and beautiful woods..My 3 year old had good time!!!

walking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Very nice trail well marked I would rate little harder than easy but great exercise for an hour.

Monday, July 10, 2017

I drove past the entrance to this little gem a few times before I found the tiny sign for it. I'm glad I persisted because it was a gorgeous trail! It was well marked and it was easy to see the trail, even without markers. There were quite a few bugs from all of the wet weather, but still beautiful.

walking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Fun place to walk and explore, kid friendly for sure

hiking
Thursday, June 22, 2017

It's a great little hike! The two side trails add to the exercise but the main trail has all the cool fixings.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Great place. Haven't been here in twenty years. Trails are very well marked.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Kids, hubby and I loved it. Did one loop without the two extra loops and that was plenty for the 4 year old.

hiking
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Great hike today with my daughter. All the trails were in great shape with no ice and just a little mud to slow us down in the steep spots. We heard a great horned owl hooting from deep in the pines. Cool!

hiking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Beautiful area for a walk in the woods that is in the capital district. I wouldn't call it a hike, but walking isn't a category here, and really, what's the difference?

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