Explore the most popular lake trails near North Hudson with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
8 days ago

Hiked on 10/13 and DEC has put in a few extra launches for canoes and kayaks with bathrooms. Hopefully they won’t keep adding as more and more people are visiting and littering. All in all, it’s an awesome place and by far the most secluded place I’ve found in the peaks. Plenty of loons and otters to see from time to time!

hiking
21 days ago

This trail was a pleasant surprise. It was relatively flat with no incline. It's also wide enough to allow an ATV to go through, and there are signs saying so. The pond at the end was beautiful, well worth the quick hike. You also pass by a nice little stream on the way there. I definitely recommend this as an easy trail for children and the elderly.

hiking
1 month ago

Google maps sends you through private property. Perch Pond Lane is private and is gated. The ONLY way to access Boreas Ponds is from Gulf Brook Road. It is quite beautiful but there are no signs in place yet and the road is still closed at the gate from Gulf Brook Road parking area. Enjoy and please do not trespass on the private property that borders the Boreas Tract.

nature trips
1 month ago

We decided to stop in here during an outing of trail walking. This trail is truly nothing spectacular. A lot of it seems overgrown. The pond at the trail head (Courtney Pond) is beautiful; lots of frogs and blooming lilly pads to see. Shingletree Pond (at end of walk through culvert) is small and similar. This location is the end of the hike, unless you plan to wander through the Dix on your own with a map/compass.

Stayed two nights at the Sharp Bridge Campground and had to stop on the way out to check out this little hike. Trail is lightly used so some parts are a bit overgrown and noise from the northway can be heard. However I did enjoy my short morning hike through here...culvert was fun!!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful scenery- a variety of flowers and vegetation. A nice, quick walk through the woods.

Parked one car off Hoffman Road. Parked second car on north trail head on Blue Ridge Road. Hike south to Big Marsh followed a creek. Nice trail, but many many horse flies. Log bridges over most water crossings. This would be more difficult in wet weather as the water would run through the trail. The turn east on trail 107A is about 6 miles south. The trail from the turn to Big Pond is very lightly traveled and difficult to see. Follow the many Blue Markers on The trees (thanks to whoever puts these up!). The horse flies go away once you turn on trail 107A. Nice was through the woods along the creeks. There is a more established path once you get to Big Pond. Some wet areas to cross. Fun hike!

Beautiful trail and views. Not for the faint of heart. It kicked my butt! ✌

We didn't complete this loop, but bagged Macomb, Carson (South Dix), and Grace Peak (East Dix) in a 12.5-mile semi loop. (See https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/by-the-grace-of-dix) We hiked in from the Elk Lake trailhead on the Hunters Pass Trail to the Slide Brook Lean-to cutoff where we hiked along the Slide Brook path to the base of the slide up the west flank of Macomb. This was an exciting but not-too-difficult Class 2 scramble with some loose rocks and scree. Route finding at the top of the slide could be tricky, but the path to the left is well worn. From the summit of Macomb, we descended to the col between Macomb and South Dix (Carson) and continued up the rocky face of Carson, then out to Grace with its impressive summit block and views to the east and south. Returned to the col and then descended on a somewhat improvised path paralleling and crossing Lillian Brook before meeting the main part of the Lillian Brook trail and eventually joining the Hunter's Pass trail to return to the trailhead.

Parking at the Elk Lake trailhead is iffy and it was completely full at 8:30 Sunday morning, so I used a bicycle shuttle to eliminate the 2 mile hike from the snowplow turnaround near Clear Pond.

hiking
4 months ago

The road in is rough. We gingerly did it in a Honda Odyssey until there was a gate we could not pass. We hiked in on the road. Expect to walk on a primitive road for most of the hike. The view over the dam is great (albeit with lots of mosquitoes). We only went 15 minutes past there because of the baby on our backs. Evidence of moose. Stories about a charging turkey.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a level, easy-to-follow trail that was a great introduction to hiking for our 4 year old. There are two campsites at the end of the trail near Hammond Pond. A creek runs along the trail.

fishing
5 months ago

Camped here for 3 days and the weather can be very unpredictable. Awesome hike and it’s about 3.1 miles from the parking lot to the main pond with views.

hiking
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Nice quick trail that takes you around Courtney Pond & through a Northway Underpass to Shingletree. Parts of the trail border wooded private property. You get to see some nice wildlife. A good trail for fisherman. You'll also hear the noise from the Northway.

hiking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

A bit of a rough and rocky access road for a few miles. 4 wheel drive vehicle only. The hike in was easy, the weather nice. Got to first pond, beautiful! Got to second pond also beautiful. All of sudden, a thunderstorm kicked up and it got nasty. Luckily we were prepared with rain gear. We were not prepared for the heavy lightening and thunder. We made a bee line back to car. Sunny when we got there. Another adventure to share with friends and family.
I loved every minute!

Some of the bushwhack trails can be a little tricky to find, especially because they don't exactly match up with some of the maps.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Easy flat

hiking
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

For this trail being an unmarked trail it is very easy to follow. Due to the high use, cairns and other hikers. I would still suggest bringing a map. I hiked this a few weeks ago and the guys that were ahead of us did not have a map and it was annoying to have to tell them the way the whole time. You really need a map. And you really need to understand how to read it. This hike may only be about 13 miles, we hiked down hunters pass on the way out. But it is a vigorous one. With most of the miles at the end of the day you will be exhausted after. We got to 3/5 peaks before 2pm. Arrived at Hough at around 4pm and were considering not completing Dix Mt. but we wanted to complete all 5 so we pushed on. We summited Dix Mt. around 5:30pm. You don't really know when you get to the summit if the peak is in the clouds. But then since it was starting to get dark we decided to take the longer but less steep path back. It was really rough and I recommend to bring headlamps no matter if you plan to hike only in the day light. Because we hiked for about 4hrs in the dark but were prepared with lights and food. I loved camping at this trailhead. Although on a busy weekend plan to park at the farther lot, 4 miles away. Because the lot at the slide brook is on the smaller side for the amount of trailheads are accessible from there. I would recommend also giving yourself a full 12 hr day of daylight to complete this hike. We started at 8:30am but I would recommend to start before daylight.

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

This was a really great hike. Yes it was tough, but a spectacular view. Friends kept saying "it doesn't look real." Some markers for trails are the rock pyramids. Pyramids are usually a sign to turn.

hiking
Friday, July 29, 2016

Hiked the new "Grace Peak" from rt 73 and what a tough trail to follow. Multiple spider web trails all over the place. Crossing the forks of the bouquet was interesting as some of the cairn's are tough to spot and not in the best places. If we didn't scare a hiker out of his morning duty we would've found ourselves hiking up the back of Dix... Not good..

I suggest hiking this route with a group as we added about 3 extra miles of backtracking trying to stay on the correct path.

Tough one. View was worth it!

Nice hike. Long hike. From the Elk Lake lot it's almost 20 miles and 13 hours. Great views.

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

This trail is a fantastic challenge and a great way to bag 5 peaks in a loop. There is camping, so an over night is possible. It took my son and I 13 hours with stop to filter water and converse with folks along the way.
Started at 5:30 and got back to our car at 6:20. Hiked on 6/24/16

hiking
Monday, May 09, 2016

One day camp and hike up Macomb, great views and the slide was a nice challenge.

camping
Monday, September 21, 2015

From Elk Lake trailhead we hiked in on Friday at about 530-600pm and made it to the Slide Brook lean-to in time to set up camp and start a fire/dinner. Hit the trail early at around 700 and spent the entire day on the move. East Dix (Grace Peak) was defiantly worth going out of your way for and is a good place to take lunch with some impressive views . Continued on to Hough and reached Dix peak at around 3. Took in the breathtaking view and started off on our almost four hour decent back to SB lean-to . Definitely bring a headlamp ! This 17 mile hike is very time consuming and if you're not prepared you will get caught in the dark. Challenging but well worth all my aches and pains the next morning

hiking
Sunday, September 14, 2014

This was a very challenging,but rewarding trip. We hiked in Friday night and camped next to the first lean-to allowing us to get on the trail by 5:00am. We did the whole loop up Macomb, if your not trying to do all 46 I would recommend skipping East Dix, it ads several hours to already very Lind day and isn't really worth it. We used the DEC marked trail to descend via the Beckhorn. We enjoyed the relatively easy hike out. Despite our 5:00 start we still didn't get back to the truck until 5:00pm, plan on spending at least 12 hours on this trip.

hiking
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

An enjoyable and challenging hike… well enjoyable until the hike out anyway. We started off our day at the Elk Lake trailhead at 5:30 am and got off trail 14 hours later. Although the trails in this area are usually drier during July the heavy rains made many of the trails into wet rocky streams which slowed us down in many areas but we also spent at least 45 mins on each peak – if you’re hiking this hard you want to enjoy the reward. We chose the Lillian Brook Pond trail between Hough and South Dix to get back down which meant traversing the steep trails of the Beckhorn and Hough twice but should have meant an easier descent on the knees. Unfortunately, the recent storms changed that into a lot of blow down, rerouting and very wet conditions which meant the hike out was long and tough. We were relieved to see the parking lot knowing that a cooler of chilled vitamin waters was waiting!! Great hike!!!!!

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