Explore the most popular forest 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.

Views were amazing but the tower needs some TLC.
No chicken wire on the top few platforms and sadly the tower is locked.
Trail was in great shape overall with minimal wet spots but the bugs were pretty bad so come prepared.
The trail is accessible by any car for sure as long as you take it easy in the last 500 ft. There was a tiny 2 door civic back there !
As stated it’s steep the ENTIRE hike. No switchbacks or flats.

This is from the prospective of an out of shape (266 pound 5’7”) man. As everyone stated the 3 mile road to the trail is narrow and should not be attempted by low riders. Now for the trail, in my case I found it very challenging, it was just uphill so it took me longer than your average hiker to do. It some parts where muddy and as for wild life nothing really stood out on the trail. For photos well the top of the tower has a great few and some interesting tree roots with the sun lighting look awesome but you more focused on the elevation of the hike. I have to say I did enjoy it. The tower needs lots of work some sections had no wire and the tower was locked when I went up.

backpacking
9 days ago

Trail was well marked, easy to figure out where we were going. Went first weekend in July and the deer flies were terrible!!! Nice view of the lake. The lake did have leeches and was a little mucky. Falls was cool, but we couldn’t see the front of it. Could easily been a one day hike to falls and back, but we decided to camp out and make it a two day trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Straight climb to the top after the first quarter mile...virtually no straight sections. Very muddy and wet the day I went so I took it slow. Views are awesome, but you'll see nothing if you don't climb the tower. They airlifted construction materials to the summit; the tower needs better wiring/protection...kinda sketchy. Don't know if I'd want to climb it if it were windy. No wind the day I went. I saw no one on trail at all on a Wednesday. Trail is super well marked and easy to follow, but the road in sucks and is really long. Drive a car/truck with good clearance and bring a bug net or wear some good bug dope.

hiking
1 month ago

Ascending for the entire trail. Small cars and off-road incapable cars beware the road to get to the trailhead is narrow and extremely rugged in spots. View was great! Cabin has unfortunately been completely defiled but cool to see it nonetheless. Top of the fire tower is currently closed and is missing many sections of metal fencing on the stairs.

nature trips
1 month ago

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

hiking
8 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
9 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
10 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
10 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.

10 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.

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

hiking
10 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
10 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
11 months ago

Wasn't expecting a strenuous hike but worth it

hiking
11 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.

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

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
Thursday, July 13, 2017

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
Sunday, July 09, 2017

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.

backpacking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

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
Friday, June 02, 2017

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
Saturday, May 27, 2017

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.

hiking
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Hiked all the way to the falls. The trail to the lean-to is fairly tame and typical for an Adirondack hike. The trail is well marked and a couple water crossings is all you'll have to worry about. Once you get to the lean-to you can see the faint remnants of the trail to the falls. I recommend only very experienced hikers attempt to follow it as the trail quickly disappears. If you pay attention it can still be followed, and on occasion you may see a ribbon or old trail marker lying on the ground, but Its apparent the DEC made an effort to remove all markers when they shut the trail to the falls down (due to several deaths at the falls). If you follow the river that flows from the lake you should be able to find them though, and the path offers some amazing views of wetlands. Closer to the falls I did run into some fresh bear tracks and territory markings on trees however, so make sure you bring your bear mace if you have it and make sure you're always paying attention. Once you get to the falls you finally get a sense of just how tall they are. The pictures don't do the height justice. After finding the old trail to the bottom I made an attempt to climb down, but it looks like a landslide took out a portion of the trail and only slippery moss covered rock at a 45 degree angle remains. it would be very easy to slip and tumble off the wooded area so I don't recommend even trying the decent. I went into this thinking I could manage the climb down. I changed my mind very quickly.

All in all it was a great hike with excellent views. The lake is nice and the view from the top of the falls is worth it. Keep in mind there are signs of bears once you're on the abandoned trail to the falls.

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

The drive into the trailhead is almost a difficult as the hike itself! Really nice hike, at least in good weather. The tower would be better if one could get the whole way up. That being said, what you can access gives some nice views. As stated in other reviews, the wind does whip around a bit on the tower.

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