Hike or Snowshoe Dyken Pond

We will be hiking or snowshoeing depending on weather conditions. 

The trails we will be following are Abbt Farm Trail to Long Trail.  Once on Long trail we will pass Grandfather Rock and the Rock Garden while meandering through a beautiful conifer forest.  We will then take the Old Road Trail and join up again with the Long Trail where the forest will change to hardwoods.  We will follow the Long Trail to the junction of Mary McFalls Trail and complete this trail.  We will then walk back Dyken Pond Road to the parking area.

We will be hiking / snowshoeing approximately 3.5 miles.  There is an elevation gain on the Long Trail until we get to Grandfather Rock, then there are minor elevation changes to the end.

Bring a lunch as we will be stopping at the Rock Garden for lunch. Don't forget plenty of water and snacks.  Dress appropriately.

If using a GPS, please know that sometimes it will take you to the Berlin side of Dyken Pond.  Use the Cropseyville side.  Take Route 2 to Blue Factory Road.  There are signs directing you to Dyken Pond.  All roads once you leave Route 2 are either county roads or dirt town roads.

Link to their webpage:  http://dykenpond.org/

Dyken Pond is the principal headwaters of the Poesten Kill, and the largest lake on the Rensselaer Plateau. Its historic dam was built in 1902 by Manning Paper Company and regulated the stream flow powering machinery along the Poesten Kill to Troy.

Manning Paper Company donated its land holdings to Rensselaer County in 1973. Since that time, Rensselaer County has owned and operated this living watershed as an ecological teaching unit as well as a low-use recreation area. As of 2011, there are a total of 594 acres of property at Dyken Pond open to public access. Of this total, Rensselaer County owns 228 acres of land and 180 acres of surface water. The remaining 226 acres of property is conservation land, allowing public use through conservation easements and is used by the Center for trails and educational programs. Of this conservation land, 86 acres is in private ownership and 140 acres is owned by the Friends of the Dyken Pond Center. Tax liability is maintained on all conservation land. Rensselaer County also owns the Dyken Pond dam. The Center coordinates with the Rensselaer County Highway Department for maintenance of the dam. Rehabilitation of the dam using environmental bond act funds was completed in 2003.

Thirty-three ecological communities are found on the property, ranging from beech-maple forests to spruce-fir swamps and vernal pools. This variety offers visitors an exciting blend of places to explore and enjoy.

If you need to contact Dyken Pond Environmental Center the phone # is 658-2055.

Minimum age is 8 (8-15 yrs must have a participating adult with them, 16-17 yrs must have a parent/guardian sign participant agreement but do not need to attend)

•please be dressed for the weather, we will go rain/snow or shine
•Dress in layers
•wear appropriate hiking/snowshoeing footwear

•please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need as well as sunscreen (yes, even in the winter), rain gear, day pack.
•camera and/or binoculars if you have them

I will update you on the conditions as it gets closer.

 If you have trouble finding us, my cell is[masked], feel free to call or text. There is good cell phone service in this area.  Look for my red Jeep Grand Cherokee!

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  • Rebecca R.

    Dorothy and Betsy, thank you for a great day! It was a pleasant experience with everyone!

    March 17, 2013

  • Marisol

    snow shoeing today was great thank you Betsy and Dorothy Your great as always.

    March 16, 2013

  • Eva P.

    Well, I'm out. The vet appointment is for 11:30. I'm starting to think I should just hang my snow shoes on my wall as decoration!!

    March 16, 2013

  • Rose B.

    Excellent!

    March 16, 2013

  • Marybeth Lawlor F.

    Sorry I had to miss it. Glad you peeps had fun!

    March 16, 2013

  • Anna T.

    Glad I made it :-). New faces and Grafton Lakes folks--good to see people. I think I'm learning some of the tracking now :-). Thanks for doing this~! So glad there was snow left!

    March 16, 2013

  • janet f.

    what a great hike. so glad i went. blue sky, lovely snow, nice bunch of people. thanks dorothy and betsy!

    March 16, 2013

  • Dorothy

    Sorry you had to cancel, hope your kitty is ok....talk soon

    March 16, 2013

  • Eva P.

    Dorothy, I have every intention of being there. But, I have to wait to see what the morning brings. I rescued a cat from the Humane Society, and she's kinda taking a turn toward needing to be seen by the vet. I think she'll be OK, and if I can get an appt tomorrow, I'm going to try for late afternoon. (She's been sneezing for the 3 days I've had her and now the symptom the vet told me to watch for seems to be developing.) If I'm not at Dyken pond on time, don't wait for me!

    March 15, 2013

    • Hedy A. L.

      Eva- Good luck w/your new kitty. Hope she is ok! Great you rescued her!!

      March 15, 2013

    • Eva P.

      Thanks Hedy! I think she'll be OK. I scheduled an appt for her first check up for next Friday, but was told to call back if her symptoms (sneezing) further develop, and they have. Vet thinks respiratory infection.

      March 16, 2013

  • Hedy A. L.

    Hi Dorothy
    Sorry to bail out last minute but I will not be able to join you guys! Have a great time! Hedy

    March 15, 2013

  • Dorothy

    It is 6:45 pm and snow is still falling here in Grafton... expect some snow on the roads for the morning, especially the road into Dyken Pond. Also when Route 278 intersects with Route 2... take a left toward Grafton.

    March 15, 2013

  • Dorothy

    It will take about 1 to 1 hour and 10 minutes to get there from LL Bean. Depending on where you are it may be longer or shorter. You may want to do mapquest or google directions to find Route 2 from where you live. From the Northway I take Alternate 7 to Hoosick Street (Route 7), once in Brunswick, take Route 278 (only goes right)... follow that to the end, where it intersects with Route 2. Follow Route 2 for about 3-4 miles, Blue Factory Road is on your right... take that to the top of the hill (very long steep hill).... you will see a sign at the top for Madonna Lake Road, (it is a left turn), take a left there and follow that for another 4-5 miles... just as you are going around a very sharp turn, the entrance road to Dyken Pond is straight ahead. It is a dirt road. Follow that road for 2.5 miles. At the beginning is where it has washed out... be very carefull, both sides of the road have deep ruts.

    March 15, 2013

  • Maggie

    Have to work tomorrow. Next time

    March 15, 2013

    • Rose B.

      Thank s so much Dorothy for the update! See you tomorrow!

      March 15, 2013

  • Dorothy

    I am at Dyken Pond.....lots of snow on the ground and it is currently snowing and the ground has a nice fresh coat. Road in is snow covered now, with a few bare spots. Under the fresh snow in well traveled areas it is icy!.... This is a snowshoe adventure. Hiking boots won't do it. The road has a few washouts at the beginning of the road.....stay to your left coming in for a couple hundred feet. Rest of road ok.

    March 15, 2013

  • Marybeth Lawlor F.

    For Time budgeting purposes, about how long does it take to get there from albany? And how do I get to route 2? (Sorry)

    March 15, 2013

  • Cheryl

    With the update on the conditions, I will have to cancel. I planned to wear hiking boots. No snow shoes.

    March 15, 2013

  • Anna T.

    I may still be able to use my snowshoes~! :-)

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • Sharon

    I'll wait for dry ground!

    March 14, 2013

  • Dorothy

    We still have plenty of snow in Grafton. Snowshoes are recommended or at least microspikes or other type of traction device. I went for a hike last night with only microspikes and should have had snowshoes... it was that deep. We had 16 inches of snow during that last snowstorm and we had a very nice base. With the warm weather and now freezing temps the snow is very crunchy and in well worn spots, it is icy.

    I will take a ride over there tomorrow afternoon to check the road conditions and post if the road is icy.

    1 · March 14, 2013

    • Sharon

      Uhhhmmm....with that said, I am going to pass since my unstable leg is nervous and I'm going to respect it....this time.

      March 14, 2013

  • Elango

    Is a snowshoe must for this hike ?....i have a waterproof boot, will that work ?

    Also is anyone going from or around Malta to this hike, i can pay for gas

    March 14, 2013

  • Joanne

    I made other plans

    March 14, 2013

  • SHEILA

    sorry to be missing this. Enjoy the hike everyone

    March 14, 2013

  • cricket g.

    I am sorry I willnot be able to attend the Dyken Pond Hike

    March 14, 2013

  • cricket g.

    I will not be able to attend the Dyken Pond hike.

    March 14, 2013

  • Anna T.

    Oh! I forgot to say, 'see you saturday' this evening~

    Beware the Ides of March! :D

    March 13, 2013

  • Bonnie B.

    Sorry I can't make it but I will be marching in the parade in Albany. Still haven't made it around Dyken Pond. Hopefully next time.

    March 11, 2013

  • Maggie

    Hope I make the cut. Sounds interesting

    March 3, 2013

  • janet f.

    congratulations! i ordered a pair about a month ago from LL Bean. they are still in the box. waiting for some snow! maybe well see you at dykens pond. lets all hope for a decent snowfall before then!

    1 · February 23, 2013

    • Marisol

      Well get them out girl.

      February 23, 2013

  • Anna T.

    I JUST GOT BACK FROM LLBEAN :D. I GOT SNOWSHOES for my birthday :D! (sorry so loud--it's kinda cool).

    snow snow snow snow snow

    1 · February 22, 2013

    • Marisol

      good girl good for you.Happy belated birthday.

      February 23, 2013

    • Anna T.

      Thanks Marisol :-).

      1 · February 23, 2013

  • Anna T.

    Everyone: do a SNOW DANCE~!! (though i think out in Cropseyville there is *some* :-) )

    February 21, 2013

  • Marisol

    Im glad I dont think Ive done dykens pond.

    1 · February 21, 2013

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