This loop trail meanders past both Onteora lake and Pickrel Pond through beautiful deciduous forest. We start out walking the road that leads down to the trail head right on Onteora lake. The trail takes us over rocks, past rock quarry areas, and into the forest. This trail is perfect for stopping to see hawks flying, fish jumping, and hopefully some deer.
There are some hills that we will take at a slow, easy pace. I do recommend boots for this one both for muddy conditions and loose rocks. I also recommend poles if you have them, again for stability and ease through the trail.
If the weather is nice, we will picnic at the lake afterwards. Heavy rain will cancel.
What to bring: The ten essentials found on the trail dames page (traildames.com), a positive attitude, water (1-2 liters), a snack or picnic lunch, a pee-ditty bag (T.P. in a bag for LNT needs). Although there are usually bathroom facilities, they may not have been cleaned and ready since the fall. 🤔
What to Wear: Hiking boots, wool or performance hiking socks, active wear that is NOT COTTON ...no jeans. Remember to wear layers to adjust to your comfort. Fleece is lightweight and warm along with a wind breaker seems to work for the spring weather. If light rain is predicted, remember your rain gear. A hat and gloves are still a good idea.
This hike is dog friendly if your animal is good with ALL people and must be leashed at all times.
The trail head is approximately 8 miles west of the thruway on Route 28. The parking lot is on the right side and is a large parking area just past the Tibetan Center seen on the left side of the road. If you pass a Dollar General, you went too far.
* We will meet at the upper trail head since the road down is very rough and could damage some vehicles. My cell number is[masked]