Distance: 8 miles
Time: 6 hours 23 minutes
Map: ADK Trail Map of Adirondack Eastern Region
Parking: Parking lot off road.
Restrooms: Outhouse behind Lapland Pond shelter
Pre hike breakfast: n/a
Post hike dinner: SJ Garcias (wouldn't particularly recommend, parking difficult)
Directions: 50 Hikes in the Adirondacks
This was a very crowded trail.
Parts of the trail are very rocky - small rocks which are hard on your feet.
This is a loop hike which passes 3 ponds - 2 of which you can reach easily for swimming.
The maps didn't show the color of the blazes.
On occasion we found the blazes confusing.
Year to date miles: 259.7
|The trail starts out as a wide road - obviously used by snowmobiles. It was uncomfortable to walk on.|
|The woods road leads to some sort of farm.|
|At the gate, the trail turns to the right and enters the woods. The trail becomes less rocky.|
|Split for loop|
|This is what I don't like walking on. Even though I have heavy hiking boots, you can feel the |
rocks under your feet. My feet were sore afterwards.
|Approaching the summit|
|The summit was very crowded. Views of Lake George.|
There are 2 viewing areas - both packed.
We tried waiting for people to leave so we could take better photos.
But as people left, more people kept coming.
|Sign clearly points the way down but...|
|The trail down from the summit was so overgrown we thought for a long time that we hadn't gone the right way.|
It was a while before we found a blaze.
|View of Lake George descending from the summit|
|The shores of Black Mountain Pond were muddy. We tried to find a place out of the mud to stand.|
|No easy access to Round Pond|
|A short side trail leads to Lapland Pond shelter|
|Lapland pond - great lake for swimming, and large rocks good for napping on.|
We had this area to ourselves, and hung out for an hour and a half enjoying it.