Nuclear Lake - hike to and around a beautiful lake along the AT!
Wednesday 6/12 - 5:30 pm
Distance: ~4 miles, Time: ~2 hours, Elevation gain:[masked] feet
Gear: Water, snacks if you wish, hiking boots, warm-weather wicking clothing, headlamp (just in case)
A hike from Route 55 in Poughquag/Pawling leads us along the Appalachian Trail and around Nuclear Lake. Many thru-hikers say that Nuclear Lake is the most beautiful lake along the entire trail. In 1972, a chemical explosion blew out two windows in the experimental nuclear research lab that used to sit on the shore of the lake, blasting an unspecified amount of bomb-grade plutonium across the lake and surrounding woods. The trails around the lake were extensively tested, cleaned and declared safe many years ago.
Photos are of our Nuclear Lake hikes on 8/3/16 and 3/13/17 - summer and winter.
NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.
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