Quaker Lake Loop via Appalachian Trail

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Quaker Lake Loop via Appalachian Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pawling, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until October.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 331 feet Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching







no dogs

Friday, June 15, 2018

Did this hike on a Friday morning in June, but instead of taking the yellow trail cutoff I took the longer red loop all the way around. Lots of shady woodland hiking, lots and lots of deer, and the trail was a wee bit overgrown in places. You cross the Appalachian Trail at two places and follow it for a short time. There are unfortunately no real views until you get back to Quaker Lake Road and walk alongside the lake back to the parking area. Good vigorous 4 mile hike with some good elevation at the beginning, then mostly leveling out. Wooden plank walkways in a few places, with one especially nice one just as you empty out onto Quaker Lake Road. There is a blue trail spur off to the side of the red trail that I did not have time to check out.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

This was a nice trail. We took the yellow to white to red. The yellow trail was a nice change of pace from the regular trails with the random history and questions about identifying trees. The white trail (Appalachian trail) was a little confusing and trail markers were not as clear or obviously placed, it may have been due to the crazy winter and a lot of down trees but the hike was nice and more intense then the yellow and red. The red trail was nice as well but it ended on the road and the walk back to the car on the road was blahhhhhhh I would only go back if I can find a different path to try and avoid taking the road back. Oh and a big point, at least it was for me, as I picked this place based off of the lake.... you at NO point get close enough to the lake to even feel like this trail surrounds a lake. So if you go there just know that you will not have a “lake view”. :)

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Hiked from Rt. 22 up to where the Appalachian Trail met the red trail. Pretty tough climb in the snow, but very difficult to figure out where the red trail continued when I got to the top. Decided to turn around and come back. I’ll have to return when the weather is better to do the lake loop from Quaker Lake Road. The section of the AT I hiked was nice but no real views or outstanding features. Crosses some farmland at the beginning, and you’ll have to scale a few ladders over fences before you get to the Nature Reserve trailhead.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Began this hike from route 22 and explored some of the trails in the Pawling Nature reserve. Saw at least a half a dozen pileated woodpeckers. Morning well spent

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Started off route 22 on the Appalachian. In and out semi loop. Nice farmland crossing into woods. Met up with conservation trails to loop around Quaker lake and return. Was difficult to find the red. Did a bit of trailblazing to find it eventually.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Entrance is not easy to find. Pick up a map in the store next to the train station. There are three trails. White shows the Appalachian trail. Yellow is a short. Did not do the red trail. The trail was difficult to follow in the fall with all the leaves on the ground. I could not find the entrance by route 22.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Well marked trails, easy to moderate hiking, also good for trail-running.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sunday, October 02, 2016

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