Fahnestock State Park, Three Lakes trail

A trail passing three lakes with scenic vistas and the remnants of an old mine.     The trail runs between Rt 301 at the northeast end and Dennytown Road at the southwest end.   We'll be starting at  Dennytown Road where the Three Lakes trail intersects with the Appalachian Trail.   The total length of the trail is estimated to be approximately 4.5 miles.   We'll head towards the north end and see how far we get before we decide to turn around.  

Here are links to Fahnestock State Park ( http://nysparks.com/parks/133/ )  and also to a PDF of their trail map.   We're walking the one marked "TL":

http://nysparks.com/parks/attachments/ClarenceFahnestockTrailMap.pdf

One potential obstacle as reported by a trail book (thanks to Laura for the research) is a "stone bridge" approximately one mile south of the Rt 301 end:

That could be a show-stopper for the donkeys.  However, I contacted the park office and they said they were not aware of a stone bridge(!?).    

The trail intersects in a few places with the Appalachian Trail, but, unfortunately, pack animals are not allowed on the A.T., so we won't be able to use it to make alternative loops or side-trips. 

NOTE: I believe this trail might require more stamina than the typical easy rail trails we walk.  There are some changes in elevation and some parts of the trail are not as groomed.    So, I'm rating it as "moderate difficulty". 

Romper and Stomper will be coming and so will Flint and Flame in place of Indy and Dakota as I think they'll handle the longer trailer ride and walk better.

DIRECTIONS:  Important, even though google maps shows this destination as 295 Dennytown Road, if you plug that into your GPS or google maps, it might show a location a mile down the road.   So, note that the parking area is 1.2 miles south of Rt 301 and will be on the east (left side of the road if you're coming from Rt 301) and looks like this:

The stone shed and red trail info board (next to the truck in the picture) seem to be good visual landmarks (presuming they're still there).   Also note that just 10 yards north of here is where the Appalachian Trail crosses Dennytown Road.


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  • LarryF

    I uploaded another short video to http://youtu.be/XnqmlsdtTGE

    1 · August 14

  • LarryF

    Hi Steve, I really enjoyed this walk. Can I upload a .mp4 video I took? The photo upload only allows still image formats.

    1 · August 11

    • LarryF

      I uploadad the video to YouTube and it is available at http://www.youtube.co...­

      August 11

    • Steve S.

      Thanks for taking and uploading the video!

      August 13

  • Nancy

    Larry kudos great little look at Sundays walk. The audio was so clear. Thanks for posting.

    August 11

  • CarolDewar

    Hi Steve,
    I sure hope the family is recovering. I’m sure Flint and Flame are telling Sweetie Pie, Indy, and Dakota about their terrible ordeal; with huge boulders, raging rivers, and miles and miles of rocky trails.

    August 10

    • Steve S.

      Hi Carol, everyone was doing very well today. I carefully checked their hooves and legs and gave each a nice leg massage. That is a good way for me to check for flinching or heat that might have indicated an injury and they also deserved to be spoiled a bit for their accomplishment. Isn't it funny how in the end, a gentle little stream is what they balked at. Maybe it was the tadpoles they're afraid of. :-)

      August 11

    • CarolDewar

      Hi Steve, Fording Place in Hurley has a ford across a small creek. I have not been there in years. But I was surprised to see a creek and road crossing at the same level. That may be a good place to teach donkeys that water is not that scary.

      August 11

  • Cleone von E.

    Hi Steve, I did enjoy the walk today. I didn't expect to be climbing over boulders but actually I enjoyed that part the most. To watch the donkeys maneuver themselves over the tough terrain. They were amazing. I'm sorry I didn't get to show you the photos of Bruce's donkey Boomey. But another time.

    August 10

    • Steve S.

      So glad you could make it. You did well leading Stomper there in the beginning! He said later it was like being treated like a first class passenger. :-) Sorry I didn't get to see the pictures of Boomey as I was hoping to do. As often happens, I got distracted on the hike and forgot to catch you to see them. Can you take pictures of them with your phone and email them to me?

      August 11

    • Cleone von E.

      I'm not an expert on photos but I will see what I can do. Maybe Bruce can drop by and show you the photos. We also had the card for Mountain Valley Manor that would be interested in the donkeys for the elderly. Yes Stomper did behave like a first class passenger!!

      August 11

  • Nancy

    It looks to be a gorgeous day. I hope all have a great walk, meet people and spread the word about the 'specialness' of these little ones.

    August 10

    • Steve S.

      We had a great day weather-wise and in many other ways, and, in hindsight, the donkeys really deserved some of those nice big juicy carrots of yours as a reward for what they accomplished. Hopefully, we'll be able to post some pictures and video to share it with those who couldn't attend.

      August 11

  • Julie

    Steve, Something came up this morning and i wont be able to get there on time. Sorry. Have a great fun.

    August 10

    • Steve S.

      Hi Julie, sorry you weren't able to make it. Hope you can hook up with us another time!

      August 11

  • Nancy

    I need to ask, I know you said something about feeding the 'family' a regimented diet, so would the carrot greens not be beneficial for them. I do have quite a large amount.

    August 6

    • Nancy

      Yes it makes perfect sense.

      August 6

    • Nancy

      I will bring the greens to Hits they have so many horses.

      August 6

  • Marge B.

    Steve - I have to bow out of Sunday's walk. I just realized I have another commitment and also drowning in rehearsals, chairing my reunion committee, a golf tournament on Monday, etc. etc. So sorry - I was really looking forward to this hike. Hopefully, my time should improve by the second week in Sept!! Just way too much going on in this old lady's life!! :) I guess that's a good thing!

    August 6

    • Steve S.

      Darn, but I know how busy you are and not sure where you find the energy to do as much as you do. For those not familiar, Marge is always a driving factor in getting the shows produced by Coach House Players in Kingston ( http://coachhouseplay...­ ) onto the stage. You should check them out sometimes.

      1 · August 6

  • Nancy

    Steve...I should have my new, gently used car by then. If the amount of available spaces gets smaller and I do not have my car I will give up my spot. I should know by today. I also went to the farm and someone had taken a large amount of carrots, which is the purpose of the farm, but they left the carrot greens. You know where I am going with this, if I can I will drop them off.

    August 6

    • Steve S.

      Thanks, Nancy. If you don't get your new car, you're also welcome to ride down with me and Marge if you can make it here.

      August 6

  • Jeannie Z.

    Can't do Fahnestock and get home in time to gear up for a sunset/full moon paddle on the Hudson River. Maybe next time. Jeannie Zetterstrand

    August 4

    • Steve S.

      Oh, too bad, Jeannie, hopefully we'll see you on a future walk. (Don't forget to remove your name from the RSVP list)

      August 5

    • Steve S.

      p.s. A full-moon paddle sounds nice. This reminds me that we've discussed having a full-moon walk with the donkeys... something I'd like to do sometime if I can find a good place for it. Most public trails are "officially" closed after sunset.

      August 5

  • Laura

    I am very excited for this adventure! I live near Fahnestock State Park and hike it frequently. Many of the trails there used to be roads or rail beds, so I think it will be perfect for the donkeys and us all!

    August 5

  • Rosita C.

    Hi Steve, are you planning something for midweek?

    August 4

    • Steve S.

      Hi Rosita, I'd like to but can't do it this week so will shoot for next week. That'll give people more time to plan for it. If I do it on Wednesday, is there a time that's good for you?

      August 4

    • Rosita C.

      Is better in the afternoon.

      August 4

  • Marge B.

    Steve - do you have a location for the walk and can I ride with you??

    August 4

    • Steve S.

      Hi Marge, if I bring Dakota, she's small, so there should be plenty of room back there for you! (wear boots). Seriously, no problem, I've got room for you and at least one more if anyone else wants to ride (in my car).

      1 · August 4

    • Steve S.

      I think the trail will be at the Fahnestock State Park

      August 4

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