Tirrell Pond Trail

MODERATE 20 reviews

Tirrell Pond Trail is a 8.6 mile out and back trail located near Blue Mountain Lake, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from December until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.6 miles Elevation Gain: 790 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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hiking
4 months ago

[Note: This review describes the counter-clockwise loop hike for the linked recording and NOT the just the Tirrell Pond Trail.] Great loop hike from the Trailhead of Cascade and Stephens Pond. Could easily also make a loop of it from Rt 28/30 trail crossing of Northville-Placid Trail or even Trailhead for Blue Mountain/Tirrell Pond. Note that making a full loop requires about 2.5 miles of walking on Rt 30. This can be avoided by spotting cars at Rt 28/30 crossing of NPT and at Blue Mountain/Tirrell Pond trailhead. This would shave off about 4.5 miles from the loop. Note that AllTrails doesn't show the trail running from the intersection of Durant Road with Rt 28/30 to NPT crossing, but it is there. DEC maps show it plainly and you can find the bridge over a creek where the re is a guard rail/culvert on Rt 28/30, just east of the intersection. Likewise, the trail pops out of the woods and intersects Rt 28/30 just west of the NPT crossing. Trail is relatively flat with some heavy logging operations on the private land south of Tirrell Pond. Keep your eyes open for the spot were the NPT trail (Blue Markers) cuts left off of the logging road. There is a tent camping site midway along the western shore of the pond, and a lean to with a nice sand beach at the northern end of the pond. The hike back up to the watershed divide between the Hudson (Tirrell Pond side) and the St. Lawrence (Blue Mountain Lake side) is steep, but not strenuous or technical like Blue Mountain slabs can be. The descent to the Tirrell Pond trailhead is relatively easy. Not too muddy when we went (9/1/2019). Very little traffic on these trails.

hiking
Sat Aug 18 2018

The loons!! Oh my gosh, this was my first overnight by myself in the Adirondacks (I am primarily a Green Mountain girl) The pond has loons that sing to you all night and if you are lucky like I was, you will wake up to a red sky and pink fog on the pond and the loons will be singing from somewhere in the fog... The trail is moderate, there was a bridge out the day I went, so you just need to rock hop across the little brook to get to the leanto a little further up the trail.

snowshoeing
Sun Jul 22 2018

A Snowshoe trip into Terrill Pond is a must for anyone looking for a Winter adventure. Snowshoeing on the Pond can offer a even more chance of taking in the vista views of the surroundings. Note: be safe if you plan to adventure out onto the ice .

hiking
Wed Jun 28 2017

This trail definitely needs some TLC towards the end. We got lost because the trail markers change colors. Make sure that if you hike this you know that the yellow markers switch to blue markers and that at the T in the path about 3 miles in, you turn right to get to the pond. We passed some other hikers who said they couldn't find the pond. We were pretty insistent on finding it and did so after backtracking and using my phone's map--but it definitely wasn't that easy. All in all, though, this was a nice day hike! The pond is really pretty and nice to wade in. Super gentle incline and pretty hike!

hiking
Sun Sep 04 2016

Absolutely beautiful at night. We camped in the lean to by the pond. Easy hike had my son and he is not very experienced hiker and he found it easy. A little bit of an incline but not really much. Had a bear and coyotes in our camp even with fire burning all night. We already had the food tied up incase this happened. Scared the bear away and the coyotes. Was still surprised how close the bear was to camp and the coyotes were right in the camp by the fire. I am looking forward to going again. One of my favorite places to take pictures on a hike. Pond is so clear and beautiful. We filtered the water from it to drink to help with the weight of the pack. If you only ever do one hike and like to take in natural beauty this is the hike. There were beautiful sandy beaches and wild blueberries too.

fishing
Sun Aug 07 2016

Great Lake! Large natural beach and a lean-to at both ends. The trail to get in is part of the Northville/Lake placid trail so it's an easy hike with slow elevation gains. If you want a shorter, less scenic hike in, then go in from the other end. That trail is to the left of the trail into blue mountain fire tower. They share the same parking area.

hiking
Tue Sep 29 2015

Great trail! The weather was spectacular - not a cloud in the sky or a bug in the air. The trail itself, which is about 4.5 miles to the Northern part of the lake, is really nice. Not too many tricky spots. Those that are tricky are not too difficult or treacherous. The lake is beautiful. The moonlit nights and the sunrises are what people dream of. Highly recommend this for backpacking in and staying a bit.

hiking
Sun May 03 2015

Good hiking trail - 4.3 miles one way - about 2.5 hrs each way in good weather. No too strenuous.

hiking
Tue Sep 10 2013

Love this portion of the trail. Tirrell pond is glorious. Overgrown with wild blueberries, lots of space to camp. An adk paradise.

hiking
Tue May 28 2013

This is part of the Northville-Placid trail and is a nice hike. If you plan in an over night here the southern lean-to is nicer then the northern one.

snowshoeing
Thu Apr 19 2012

I snowshoed this trail, nice trail, not a lot of downed trees. It's nice in the summertime as well

hiking
3 months ago

recorded Tirrell Pond

hiking
6 months ago

recorded Recording - Jul 18, 04:37 PM

hiking
6 months ago

backpacking
Mon May 28 2018

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