Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Lake Pleasant with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

nature trips
5 days ago

beautiful trail. what is lacks in breathtaking views, it more than makes up for by being less trafficked and peaceful.

2 months ago

Went 2/24/18. Trail is wide; groomed for snow mobiles. Not icy.

hiking
6 months ago

This hike definitely wasn't as hard as I anticipated. It was enjoyable and fun. Doing it with fresh snow on the ground, I'm sure was easier in some ways as didn't have all the rocks and roots to contend with.
It was slippery with the snow and ice, as also had black ice didn't see until I was on my butt. Crampons would of worked better than Stabilicers for sure.
No problem getting to trail head with Subaru Car.
One more hike Vanderwhacker to finish the Indian Lake 4321 Challenge, my reasoning for doing Pillsbury again, as last time was 23 years ago.

Much nicer than I expected andas far as hard as a rating I would say moderate it was no more difficult than owls Head or Goodnow fire tower trails
It was muddy but a beautiful day
Sadly the tower is in disrepair but you must climb to see the view
I would do it again

hiking
7 months ago

A really relaxing hike around a beautiful lake! Easy navigate and perfect for anyone seeking beautiful views of the Adirondacks!

hiking
7 months ago

We hiked from the trailhead labelled "Jessup River Wild Forest." Not sure if this was the Sled Harbor Clearing - or if we passed that earlier. The hike was 1.5 miles and a nice combination of climbing rocky sections and flatter forested sections. It was moderately difficult - my teenage son completed it in an hour but it took me 1 hour 15 minutes to reach the summit. The views from the firetower were beautiful - but someone had torn the mesh off several levels (pretty high up) so it was a bit treacherous to climb up to the top. We spend 40 minutes relaxing on the summit - some beautiful hemlocks and deciduous trees with bright orange/red berries - mountain laurel? The drive was tough in my Mazda 3 but we did it. about 6 - 8 miles - we took different routes in and out. And on the way our, we saw a jack rabbit, which led us on a chase down the road. And then, a black panther. I don't expect anyone to really believe we saw it - crossing the dirt road - but it had a long black tail and looked like a big black cat. 40# plus. Wow!!

hiking
8 months ago

Nice easy relaxing hike

hiking
8 months ago

Cool hike, dont really know why its labeled hard. I def broke a sweat and the ascent is pretty constant. All in all very doable. People on here didnt lie about the roads though. They do in fact suck and Im glad this trip is behind me. I was genuinely worried about effing my car up but in the end made it without bumping into any oncoming traffic. I drive an 07 Impala and didnt bottom out once but def had to take it very slow. Was probably on the dirt roads for close to an hour. The Perkins Tract is most certainly a maze back there. Somewhat dissappointed this trip report turned into a road conditions report. Geodetic stamp on top of Pillsbury not to be missed. At 3597ft this little mountain is certainly right up there. Firetower itself is pretty haggard and sketchy. Chicken wire everywhere including the ground to where it has fallen. Walked up about halfway and called it, lol. Under two hours back safely at car and Im a slow hiker.

hiking
8 months ago

Harder than I was led to believe from locals. They rated moderately difficult. It was hard! But the view from the Fire Tower was worth the sweat. The entrance sign said 1.2 mi. Don't believe it! Closer to 1.5-2 mi each way.

Harder than I was led to believe from locals. They rated moderately difficult. It was hard! But the view from the Fire Tower was worth the sweat. The entrance sign said 1.2 mi. Don't believe it! Closer to 1.5-2 mi each way.

Great hike mostly up whole time but not crazy great view from tower
Another tower down 2 hours round trip

on Fawn Lake Trail

8 months ago

Great hike for kids and dogs

hiking
9 months ago

Did the full trail . All the way to the death falls. There is a sign hung on a tree at the end from the 70s worth a look and appears some one camped out there recently. Be very very careful if you decide to venture past the lake and lean to . The trail is very over grown and we could not manage to find a better view of the main falls im going to go back there soon and find another route . I'd love to see these falls from a better safer point . All in all great trail and challenging if your not used to extended hikes .

hiking
9 months ago

Getting to the trailhead is difficult with a small car, but the hike was great! I was expecting a difficult climb, but it was a very enjoyable, easy hike. Views from the fire tower were great, although it is in rough shape. A very nice day hike!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike. Easy for kids. Took about 30 minutes each way. Swim was nice. Not as much beach as in past years due to rain, but shallow and sandy bottom.

hiking
9 months ago

Wasn't expecting a strenuous hike but worth it

hiking
9 months ago

hiked the whole trail leading to the top of the falls very long hike, after t lake you can make out the trail as long as you pay attention there also still old markers and red ribbons to help you along, bug spray is a must! this trail is not for beginners, also hiking boots should be considered. was disappointed due to the fact there wasn't a trail leading to the bottom of the falls, i will try again from another point but am having difficulties finding the 3rd trail head.

walking
10 months ago

Trail was quite boggy in areas. Level trail and quiet area. " Beach" was small but sandy.

hiking
10 months ago

I recommend wearing a waterproof hiking boot. Also try to go on a Sunny day because you can climb up the fire tower and see everything.

hiking
10 months ago

I climbed this after finishing the West Canada Lakes loop hike with time to spare. The comments about the access road are legit - I was sketched out on a few spots even in my AWD Mazda. The climb is short and steep, and many sections are exactly as described in the other reviews - rocky, slippery, and muddy. I imagine it isn't too bad if you go when it is dry. The trail itself is very easy to follow. The view at the top by itself is ho-hum, but if you climb the fire tower there, it is absolutely stunning.

hiking
10 months ago

I hiked all the way to the falls, and I'm glad I did. Like Brannon said, the abandoned trail was tricky to follow. It's overgrown, more so before you reach the glades, and you will have to wade through brush. You can make out what is left of the footpath if you pay attention, and there are a few ribbons and markers left. Once I reached the falls, I also tried to climb down and quickly decided against it. If you do go out onto the rocks at the falls, stay far away from the water and be very careful. Several people have died going over the falls. There are areas of deep mud along the entire trail so boots are a must.

hiking
10 months ago

Great little hike for the afternoon. Easy enough for my little dog too. Had a beautiful view of the lake and was great to swim in!

backpacking
10 months ago

Summer Time Backpacking:
Insect repellents are must.

Complexity: Easy
Terrain: Muddy and swamps all over the trail. Trail is not maintained properly so if it
rains you might get into some serious mud. Its was really a challenge to walk on
the trail after rain. As its too bushy its hard to find camping spots sometimes
but lean-in come in handy.
Trekking Pole: Not needed ( carry it if you want some support)
Foot Wear: Keens will workout perfect.
Scenic View: You will come across few spots near the lean-in / lakes.
Water Stream: Lakes all the way, take some filtration units you are fine.
Trail Markers: Trail markers are easy to locate.
Parking: Almost parking available for 10 cars.
Permit: Trail head signup, No fees

super awesome easy to use love it

Planned to do this over three days, but did it in two because the last leanto was occupied. Great hike anyway, gorgeous and generally uncrowded.

Amazingly the trail was not too muddy (considering the amount of rain we've had) and bug free. A very cool and breezy day. The trail is mostly uphill or flat on the way to the lake. Very pretty woodlands. One good view of a wetland. A few small stream crossings. One larger stream crossing. Plenty of stones to hop across. The lean to is quite a bit away from the lake. It took me 2 hours to hike in. Same to hike out. Saw moose tracks.

hiking
11 months ago

It was ABSOLUTELY worth trekking through mud and up steep rocks! The trail begins with a short bridge over a stream(great for photos). It gradually becomes steeper and eventually you are hiking through water and up steep rockslides. So, expect to get your shoes wet. But, the fire tower at the top is worth it all, especially with the view it gives you.

hiking
11 months ago

This is a short but intense climb. Wear hiking boots--sneakers will not cut it. The trail is rocky and steep in places. I went after a few days of rain so the trail was also very wet. Some spots had deep mud, and areas of exposed rock were very slippery. The bugs were thick, especially during the first half of the climb, but they subside somewhat as you gain elevation. The fire tower is a must--the cab is closed but you get amazing panoramic views from halfway up. I'd suggest waiting for a spell of dry weather if you want to try this trail.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

The trail is steep but short. You can't see anything unless you have the guts to climb up the thrillingly high tower. The fire tower is higher than the others I have been before.

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