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Bushwhack through Lost Nations and Cold Creek state forests

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  • This is a suggestion foir a hike for anyone interested in hosting it. Send me an email if you need more information or if you have never hosted an event before. You will pick the time and date, and decide the number of allowed participants (no greater than 20 though to stay under the DEC permit requirement.)

    Best hiked in late spring to early fall because the road may not be open between November 1 to April 1.

    Lost Nations and Cold Creek state forests are about 8 miles southeast of Arcade, NY (approximately 50 miles from the Galeria Mall.) They meet at one small point that can be used to traverse from one to the other. The only official trail is a NYS sanctioned snowmobile trail, but it crosses private land between the two forests so it cannot be used in its entirety for our hike.

    This will be a 6.5 mile hike. You will start hiking near the point where the snowmobile trail leaves Lost Nation Forest Road and heads east into the woods along the southern border of Lost Nation Forest. There are several car camping sites near this area. The largest has a large parking area. That is where you will meet.


    You will follow the snowmobile trail along the southern border of Lost Nation Forest, then when it heads northeast onto private land you will follow the forest border north to the point of joinder with Cold Creek State Forest. You will then head into Cold Creek State forest hook up with the forest road through the middle of Cold Creek Forest Road. You will then follow an unmarked trail to a small pond where we will stop for lunch.


    I led a group on this hike in 2012. There were a few small areas with tall underbrush, so long pants and long sleeved shirts are advised for those who want maximum tick protection, although not absolutely necessary. In 2012 we pushed our way through some heavy undergrowth to get to the pond because we didn’t know there was a trail going to it. We discovered the trail on our way out from the pond. For this you will just take the trail in and out from the pond.

    6.5 miles total

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Gary, what is the actual date you are targeting for this hike?

    February 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      ?? no answer??

      March 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A little early for me! Used to hunt in Cold Creek SF; Swift Hill to the southeast is nice for hiking also.

    November 6, 2013

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