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":
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.