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Terrific trail off the beaten path, so to speak. Crossing a couple of the streams beyond the 1 mile mark may be a challenge to some, especially after heavy rain or winter thaw. Dog friendly too (just watch for ticks). It's become on of my favorite little gems in this region.

Great morning hike. A little muddy and the waterfall on white trail (AT) near the road was impassable. Otherwise it was great moderate hike.

We walked this trail with our dog, taking the opportunity to explore the local hikes. It was an easy hike, only slightly difficult because of all the leaves covering the looser rocks. A few stream crossings were mostly fine, one a little more difficult with fewer places to step than others. All in all it was a nice walk, a little over an hour, with some good views of the lake. Very peaceful.

hiking
26 days ago

Did this hike at the end of September a few days after some rain. Beautiful views of the water on both sides (including the waterfall near the end). The recent rain made the stream crossings a little more challenging but not bad at all, even carrying a toddler. We added a little length to the trip by continuing on the yellow trail before doubling back and turning onto the red. The terrain was mostly flat except for a couple of very short and manageable rock scrambles. Great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Peaceful and pretty trail through the woods and around a small lake. Lots of mountain laurel and rhododendron that must be beautiful in bloom. Several small streams that you cross by jumping rock to rock. A little slippery but nothing too difficult. A couple of short steeper sections, but again nothing particularly difficult. Would be a good snowshoe trail as well.

This one was kind of strange. Directions take you to a trail head on the shoulder of Taconic State Parkway. Walk 1 Mile in either direction on the trail and you will run into "Do Not Enter" trail markers. It appears this trail is mainly used for cross country skiing and/or snowmobiles? Not sure what I'm missing here.

The Three Lakes section is scenic and easy except in the very beginning. The AT half of the loop has steep climbs and not as much to see. We're not fast and we completed in under 3.5 hours. Next time I will take the side trail to look at the abandoned mines.

Very easy hike, you can walk with little kids.
There is a parking spot next to the main road, and from there the walk to the beginning of the hike is short.
It took me 1.5 hours.

It was really nice and almost clearly marked for novice hikers but at the point where it loops back we got so lost we followed the blue dots across the creek which ended up being a different trail only realizing it when I looked at this app that we had gone way off the trail, we turned around and could not find our way back on the trail off course it was my first time using this app and didn’t want to pay for it not knowing if it’s any good so I used google maps gps to bush wack our way towards the parking lot finally crossing the return trail that now had white markers instead of blue. At the turn around point where we got lost an area almost appeared like there was a bit of a land slide cause the path pretty much disappeared into a bit of a cliff. It was great though. I will be buying this app

trail running
4 months ago

We found this trail to be a nice alternative for us runners who want to test going off the pavement.

4 months ago

Quick, simple hike with plenty of nature to be seen...beavers, fish, birds. The pond is very pretty, surrounded by several Mountain Laurels.

Good close by trail. Good variety of terrain.

An easy walk. No big cliffs, steep or rocky terrain. Views of the lakes, large rocks, trees and a small waterfall were great.

Nice trail, highly moderate in some spots, easy in others. Scenic and quiet. Although it was a beautiful day, few people on the trail, just like we like it.

I really enjoyed this trail. Beautiful scenery and two beautiful lakes.

hiking
6 months ago

I don’t know if it was because it was one of the first actual spring feeling days or what but this was an amazing little/easy hike around the pond. When you first get there, it’s a little loud with the road and all the people there bbq’ing, fishing and “partying” at the picnic tables but once you get far enough away, it’s not as loud and is very peaceful and beautiful.

I was looking for a short beautiful hike and this one was perfect! The trails were easy to follow (yellow->red->blue) and generally wide and smooth. Signs of spring are showing but there are a few final patches of snow. The stream crossings were challenging but doable with high water levels. Hiking poles came in handy for stability here! We turned left where the blue trail goes left to go down the Sunken Mine Road. Since it was around sunset, we saw a lot of beavers, two of which gnawing on trees along the shores. Very cute and fun to watch! The hike took us about 2 hours but that was with many stops for pictures and to enjoy the peace!

Beautiful snowy day with pussy willows in bloom by lake. Very peaceful on a Friday...can’t wait for all the mountain laurel to bloom!

hiking
7 months ago

Great for kids just starting out or for your first hike of the year and you need to lose some lbs without going to strenuous

Pretty loop to do in the winter. Fairly flat.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy quick hike!! Trail around pond was beautiful a day after some snow had fallen

The creek on the AT off Sunken Mine Rd was too deep to cross; a section of the beaver dam burst.
Returned via blue trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Quite a frigid day to hit this trail but it was lovely despite the fact it was 8 degrees when I started it. Began on sunken mine road and took the yellow trail to the blue trail and back to sunken mine road...overall slightly under 4 miles for the loop. Overall Trail was nice and easy

This is a nice trail with a few views now that the leaves are off the trees. Also added a part of CT Trail and that view is worth it.

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Saturday, October 07, 2017

hiking
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Easy hike with beautiful wildflowers and nice views of the pond.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Pretty views

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

After not feeling well for a few days this hike was the perfect medicine to feel better!! Took solace in the sound of birds and the breeze through the trees. Nice quick hike....pop unto the boulders for a beautiful view of the Hudson Highlands.

No views to see besides trees, narrow path, many rocks. OK.

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