Saturday, June 4, 1:30 PM | National Trails Day Hike: Alder Lake to Big Pond on the FLT

IMG_4036rHike between two semi-remote Catskill Ponds along the Finger Lakes Trail. Along the way we will pass stone foundations and stone walls from a hundred year old farmstead.

1:30 PM- Meet and leave a car at Big Pond on the Barkaboom Rd. then drive to Alder Lake (15 mins) to start the hike. Both Alder Lake and Big Pond have DEC, 1st come, primitive camping sites surrounding the lakes. Excellent for an overnite camping and hiking adventure.


2:00 PM- Meet at Alder Lake Parking area and take an optional, unguided hike around the Lake (approx. 1.5 miles). Or join the longer 4 mile hike to Big Pond.

Thanks to Lisa Lyons of Morgan Outdoors for sponsoring this event.

Wear sensible shoes or boots, long pants and long sleeved shirt (may encounter some berry briers). Might want to bring along a raincoat and/or extra layer as weather sometimes changes quickly in the Catskills. Insect repellent is advised.
Bring plenty to drink, at least one quart. Well behaved unleashed dogs allowed.

How long: 3-4 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

To register or for more info, contact the Hike Leader: Rick Roberts.607 746-9694 or or Morgan Outdoors at 845-439-5507.

Directions to Big Pond: Meet at the Big Pond parking area located on Barkaboom Rd. From SR 28 in Margaretville, drive west about 2 miles to Reservoir Rd. Turn left and then bear left, following the road along the south shore of the Pepacton Reservoir for 8.3 miles to Barkaboom Rd. Turn left and go 5.4 miles to the Big Pond parking area on the left.

From SR 28 in Andes, go west on Main St. briefly and turn south onto CR 1/Tremperskill Rd.  Drive 8 miles to SR 30 and turn right, crossing the the Shavertown Bridge. Turn east (left) immediately after crossing and drive 2.2 miles to Barkaboom Rd. Turn south and go 5.4 miles to the Big Pond parking area on the left.

From Livingston Manor, take Old Rte. 17 north 1.3 miles to Beaverkill Rd. Take a right and drive 10.8 miles to Barkaboom Rd. Turn north 0.8 miles to the Big Pond parking area on the right.

Directions to Alder Lake: See above. From the intersection of Beaverkill Rd. and Big Pond Rd, (aka Barkaboom Rd.), go east 1.4 miles to Alder Creek Rd. Turn north 2.2 miles to the Alder Lake parking access road on the right, just before Cross Mountain Rd.


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