Hiked in from gate on 10/30/18. 3 miles to 4 Corners and to the right to the ponds. We were the only ones in except the forest ranger who stopped to give us an overview and update of plans and progress. The hike was easy as it follows the road.
There was snow on the landscape and it was a bit cloudy, but it started to clear so we had a superb view of Marcy, Gothics, Saddleback, Haystack,.. from the second pond. DEC is doing some work for a parking lot just before the split to the second pond and former lodge; the only muddy spot! Moose tracks there were very noticeable. Once all trails are in, this will be a Mecca!