Trout and Mud Ponds

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Trout and Mud Ponds is a 11.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Roscoe, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2421 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

lake

waterfall

4 days ago

Hiked to trout pond from cambell mountain. The hike was good exercise but there is a parking area closer and the short distance means more people. But all and all not bad

backpacking
16 days ago

So note to self, bring snowshoes next time just in case. Anyways I started from the trailhead at about 7 pm which gave me about 45 minutes to reach the first lean-to by dark. Thankfully the trail was well marked because there wasn’t a single footprint in the 6-9 inch deep snow. So I hoofed it over to the trout pond lean-to just as the sun dipped behind the horizon and had the entire place to myself. Got a fire going and some food cooking and my friend Jim Bean kept me cozy till the firewood was all spent. A little rat/squirrel woke me up around 4 as it scratched away at the little log book in the hut but beyond that I didn’t hear anything besides the water in the rushing stream nearby. When the sun rose in the morning it was a fantastic view of the frozen pond. I headed back out and plan to return when it’s warmer out. I’ll leave some photos for the curious

A moderate hike up to a lovely pond perfect for taking a dip. Will definitely be returning here in the summer

hiking
7 months ago

East to moderate hike to 2 ponds. just walking in the woods.

8 months ago

Hiked this trail on New Years Day! Cold but beautiful!

backpacking
8 months ago

camping
8 months ago

Camped here in February in a hot tent and also in July,both experiences were absolutely amazing. The sites are first come first serve so it would be wise to hike in as early as possible on a Friday to get a good spot right off the lake. The views are beautiful and it's just far enough away from civilization to not hear vehicles passing and still be able to get out quickly in case of an emergency. I'll definitely be returning here for years to come.

hiking
8 months ago

There is camping allowed in this area, some close to parking some that require going a ways in, some lean-tos as well. Rocky but mild inclines. One section is shown as a road on the map but is more of a snowmobile trail. Can be done as a 4.4 mile loop, which I would rate as easy

camping
10 months ago

I just came back to Trout Pond after 30 years. Still an awesome place to camp and hike. So many good memories here, and now I was able to pass these on to my kids.

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nice relaxing afternoon hike. We swam for a bit in trout pond. It's quite warm for a mountain lake. Seems like a nice place to camp for the weekend.

hiking
Friday, June 24, 2016

The trail is beautiful and winding. The entire first mile is uphill, so it can get somewhat difficult but it's nothing too bad. There are really great old building foundations from a time where this once was a habited area.
.....So bring your camera and a great hiking stick!!!

camping
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hiked in from Morton Hill Rd. and camped at upper lean-to on Trout Pond. It was beautiful over looking the lake and the weather was nearly perfect.
We dragged a canoe up to the pond with all of our gear for the long weekend. What an epic battle getting uphill to the pond...
We were quite surprised to see vehicles drive in and out once we reached the pond. We asked how they got in, but our questions were met with some abrasion. Seems like somebody is sharing a key. The folks we asked did not appear to have any disability.
Funny, cause one of our group has a paralyzed arm and can only carry minimal gear...
It was fun

camping
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Question: Why is the Season only June Thru Oct. ? Regulation or weather? Thanks all! Will report back - planning on this being an early year outing if I can get up in April or May.

hiking
Sunday, October 05, 2014

Can someone provide directions to trailhead? where do you start and where do you park? thanks!

hiking
Saturday, September 20, 2014

We have done the Mud Pond/Trout Pond round about over hill and dale and over the mountain top, too, and it was a difficult, not impossible, but lovely hike in which you got to see America rise and fall in terms of its acquaintance and departures with and from the wilderness, per se. There are some old foundations, as you come back from Mud Pond and head over the mountain towards Trout Pond, and you can see that this was once a "settled place" among all that is now forgotten. Kind of sad in a way. We were out for a walk. We didn't expect to encounter history staring us in the face, and the voices of the dead and departed calling out to us from the grassy fields. It is a wonder to take a walk through history whenever it presents itself. Hallowed ground it was, in a way, but no tombstones.

hiking
Saturday, August 17, 2013

Nice moderate hike with two gorgeous lakes.

hiking
4 days ago

8 months ago

Monday, October 24, 2016

camping
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Sunday, May 17, 2015