Willowemoc Wild Forest

Willowemoc Wild Forest is in the southwest area of the Catskill Park, and includes more than 14,800 acres. It includes a variety of trails and a number of ponds. Camping and fishing are permitted, and Waneta Lake in the park has a handicapped-accessible fishing pier.

The Willowemoc Wild Forest is eighteen miles north of Liberty and nine miles northeast of Livingston Manor, the closest village with amenities. It lies largely within the northern Sullivan County towns of Neversink and Rockland, with small appendages in the towns of Denning and Hardenburgh in Ulster County. The Wild Forest surrounds the Mongaup Pond State Campground and abuts the Big Indian Wilderness. Source: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/9146.html

DIRECTIONS
Trailhead parking for the Willowemoc Wild Forest trails are well marked. The more popular trailheads include: Wild Meadow Road Trailhead – Located in the town of Denning, 2 miles northwest of Claryville. Long Pond Trailhead – Located in the town of Neversink on Flugertown Road, 3 miles northeast of Willowemoc. Mongaup Pond Campground – Located in the town of Rockland on Mongaup Pond Road, 3 miles northeast of DeBruce. Frick Pond Trailhead – Located on Beech Mountain Road, 3 miles north of DeBruce. (See each specific hike for directions to the trailhead parking.)

Wild Meadow Road to Quaker Clearing

6.5 miles  |  S - Strenuous  |  Willowemoc Wild Forest

Trailhead GPS: Coordinates N41.98009 W74.57523

Warning: This hike is a through hike that requires a “car shuttle”. An “out and back” hike would be 13 miles! Be sure to allow plenty of time for driving.

Getting There: Exit State Route 17 at exit 96W and turn right. At the next intersection turn right on to Old Route 17. Exit State Route 17 at exit 96E and turn right at the end of the exit. Turn right at the end of the road onto Old Route 17. Drive 1.2 miles and turn right on Beaverkill Road. Drive a little less than 20 miles on the Beaverkill Road passing through the hamlets of Lew Beach and Turnwood. Just before Turnwood be sure to follow the road as it bears right. The road turns to dirt and the last few miles are difficult to travel. Park in the parking lot for Balsam Lake Mountain at the end of the road. Leave a car and drive back the way you came. Turn left on Old Route 17 at the end of Beaverkill Road and and drive 1.5 miles to DeBruce Road on the left. Turn left and pass under State Route 17. From the “caboose” drive 14.2 miles on DeBruce Road to Wild Meadow Road (Black Bear Road) on the left. On the right is Round Pond. Drive 3.2 miles to the end of the road where there is a snowplow turnaround. It is legal to park here although the occupants of adjacent camps sometimes disagree.

Difficulty: This hike is rated STRENUOUS because it is over 6 miles and has a stream crossing and several areas where you must bushwhack as there is no marked trail.

Trail Surface: The trail surface is generally dirt, grass and leaves. There are some rocky areas along the way and many areas with tree roots to negotiate. There are several muddy and wet areas. The “side-trips” to Tunis Pond and Vly Pond have no marked trails.

Hike Description: The Neversink Hardenburgh Trail begins on a woods road that leas in to a hunting camp. Stay on the road as it passes through the hunting camp and continue on the trail on the other side. As you walk the first part of this route you will hear the waters of Fall Brook flowing roughly south on the east side of the trail. The trail can be very wet in places. Cross over a brook and head up a little gaining some elevation. The Fall Brook lean-to is about 1.7 miles into the hike. After passing the lean-to, a swampy area appears on the right of the trail which leads into a series of beaver ponds and beaver meadows. Once you have a clear view you will see Doubletop Mountain on the right in the background. This area is the headwaters of Fall Brook which runs south and the Beaverkill which runs north and west. The trail parallels the Beaverkill for a short distance and then seems to end at the stream. The trail has been eroded here by the stream and it may be easiest to cross and hike on the north side until you again pick up the yellow blazes of the Neversink Hardenburgh Trail. The trail parallels the stream for some time. At about 3.4 miles Tunis Pond will be on the right or north of the trail. Look for some paths or simply head off into the woods walking due north until you find the pond. It is really a hidden gem and well worth the effort. Retrace your steps to the main trail and head west again. The trail rolls some over a few hills and crosses some woods roads. At about 4.8 miles you will cross the outlet stream to Vly Pond. After crossing the stream work your way up the western edge of the stream to Vly Pond. This is a short side trip and an easy one as bushwhacks go. After you take in the beauty of the pond, turn around and go back to the main trail. Head west again toward Quaker Clearing as the trails rolls and crosses some streams on bridges. At 6 miles begin a half mile ascent of 200 feet to the parking area and your car. You can now relax on your drive back to Quaker Clearing.

Beaverkill Headwaters

5.7 miles  |  M - Moderate  |  Willowemoc Wild Forest

Trailhead GPS: Coordinates N41.98009 W74.57523

Getting There: Exit State Route 17 at exit 96W and turn left on DeBruce Road. Exit State Route 17 at exit 96E and turn right at the end of the exit. Turn left at the end of the road and then take the next left onto DeBruce Rd. From the “caboose” drive 14.2 miles on DeBruce Road to Wild Meadow Road (Black Bear Road) on the left. On the right is Round Pond. Drive 3.2 miles to the end of the road where there is a snowplow turnaround. It is legal to park here although the occupants of adjacent camps sometimes disagree.

Difficulty: This hike is rated MODERATE despite its length because of the minimal elevation gain. There are usually some muddy and wet areas along the way especially near the end where there are swamps and marshes.

Trail Surface: The trail surface is generally dirt, grass and leaves. There are some rocky areas along the way and many areas with tree roots to negotiate. In some areas there are small streams.

Hike Description: The Neversink Hardenburgh Trail begins on a woods road that leads in to a hunting camp. Stay on the road as it passes through the hunting camp and continue on the trail on the other side. As you walk the first part of this route you will hear the waters of Fall Brook flowing roughly south on the east side of the trail. The trail can be very wet in places. Cross over a brook and head up a little gaining some elevation. The Fall Brook lean-to is about 1.7 miles into the hike. After passing the lean-to, a swampy area appears on the right of the trail which leads into a series of beaver ponds and beaver meadows. Once you have a clear view you will see Doubletop Mountain on the right in the background. This area is the headwaters of Fall Brook which runs south and the Beaverkill which runs north and west. The trail parallels the Beaverkill for a short distance and then ENDS at the edge of the stream. The trail here has been eroded where it meets the Beaverkill and crossing can be challenging even in drier weather. Linger for some time to take some pictures and dip a toe in one of the best trout streams in the United States. When you are done, turn around and retrace your route to the car.

Big Rock Ramble

4.0 miles  |  S - Strenuous  |  Willowemoc Wild Forest

Trailhead GPS: Coordinates N41.95114 W74.70693

Getting There: Exit State Route 17 at exit 96W and turn left on DeBruce Road. Exit State Route 17 at exit 96E and turn right at the end of the exit. Turn left at the end of the road and then take the next left onto DeBruce Rd. From the “caboose” drive 5.6 miles on DeBruce Road to Mongaup Road. Turn left and drive 2.7 miles to where the road splits. Stay left on Beech Mountain Road and drive .3 miles to the parking areas on the left. Park in the large lot.

Difficulty: This hike is rated STRENUOUS because of the 600 foot ascent over 1 mile from Times Square to the Flynn Trail. There may be muddy areas along the way especially at Times Square.

Trail Surface: The trail surface has a few large stones but consists mostly of small stones and dirt. The trail is often wet and muddy. The area around the back of the pond has wooden walkways that can be slippery when wet.

Hike Description: Find the red-blazed Quick Lake Trail which starts at the back right corner of the larger parking lot. Follow it for .2 miles to the trail register and then turn left to stay on the Quick Lake Trail which follows a wide woods road. This area can be wet at times. At Gravestone Junction bear to the left on the Quick Lake Trail and walk down a hill to the bridge at the outlet end of Frick Pond. Take a moment to enjoy this beautiful view. The mountain to the right is Beech Mountain. Cross over the bridge at the outlet to Frick Pond and continue around the pond on the trail. At .7 miles there will be a trail junction where you should bear right to get on the yellow-blazed Big Rock Trail. Walk around the “back” of the pond. You will cross over several wooden “bridges” or “causeways” over running water and marshy areas. BE CAREFUL as these wooden bridges are usually in the shade, grow moss readily and can be VERY SLIPPERY. After another .5 miles of walking you will be at Times Square, a four way trail junction. Continue straight ahead on the big Rock Trail and be ready for a 1 mile ascent that gains almost 600 feet to the junction with the Flynn Trail. There are several places where the trail levels off and then ascends again. Continue hiking uphill until you reach the blue-blazed Flynn Trail at 2.3 miles. Turn right and get ready for your reward. The walk down the Flynn Trail is 1.7 miles of gentle descent. Near the end of the woods road that makes up much of the Flynn Trail there is a gate. Turn left at the gate to stay on the trail and avoid the cabin which is private property. The trail will pass a register near the end and will take you back to the parking area.

Quick Lake Trail

14.3 miles  |  VS - Very Strenuous  |  Willowemoc Wild Forest

Trailhead GPS: Coordinates N41.95114 W74.70693

Getting There: Exit State Route 17 at exit 96W and turn left on DeBruce Road. Exit State Route 17 at exit 96E and turn right at the end of the exit. Turn left at the end of the road and then take the next left onto DeBruce Rd. From the “caboose” drive 5.6 miles on DeBruce Road to Mongaup Road. Turn left and drive 2.7 miles to where the road splits. Stay left on Beech Mountain Road and drive .3 miles to the parking areas on the left. Park in the large lot.

Difficulty: This hike is rated VERY STRENUOUS because it is over 14 miles long and has a few uphill sections along the way. The reward is a secluded lake as the destination and the “bragging rights” to say you did the whole trail! There may be muddy areas along the way. You must carry water or be prepared to filter along the way.

Trail Surface: The trail surface has a few large stones but consists mostly of small stones and dirt. The trail is often wet and muddy. The section from Iron Wheel Junction to Junkyard Junction can be very eroded and have some gullies and large stones. The Quick Lake Trail from Junkyard Junction to Quick Lake may be poorly marked and is crossed several times by the snowmobile trail.

Hike Description: Find the red-blazed Quick Lake Trail which starts at the back right corner of the larger parking lot. Follow it for .2 miles to the trail register and then turn left to stay on the Quick Lake Trail which follows a wide woods road. This area can be wet at times. At Gravestone Junction bear to the left on the Quick Lake Trail and walk down a hill to the bridge at the outlet end of Frick Pond. Take a moment to enjoy this beautiful view. The mountain to the right is Beech Mountain. Cross over the bridge at the outlet to Frick Pond and continue around the pond on the trail. At .7 miles there will be a trail junction. Bear left at the next trail junction to stay of red-blazed Quick Lake Trail. The hike here is slightly uphill. You will walk through a beautiful “spruce tunnel” and cross a small stream. Continuing uphill you will reach Iron Wheel Junction at 1.5 miles which is marked by a set of iron wagon wheels. Turn left to stay on the red-blazed Quick Lake Trail. At the next trail junction stay right on the Quick Lake Trail and continue to walk uphill to Junkyard Junction at 3.1 miles. Turn left and keep watching for the red markers which delineate the hiking trail. At 4.25 miles you will come to Coyote Junction after walking over the rolling trail. The snowmobile trail heads left so continue straight ahead on the Quick Lake Trail. At 4.9 miles the snowmobile trail bears right at Bobcat Junction. Continue straight heading west on the Quick Lake Trail. The trail now starts to descends still heading west to Flatrock Junction. At Flatrock Junction the snowmobile trail crosses the Quick Lake hiking trail so be careful to continue straight across it heading north. The hiking trail makes a little loop to the north and then heads south to Quick Lake. At 6.8 miles the snowmobile trail comes in from the left. You will reach Quick Lake at about 7.2 miles. The lake’s water level is very dependent on the season but there is a lean-to on the shores. Since this is an out-and-back hike, you return by retracing your steps. You may want to use the snowmobile trail at times for some variety and to cut a little distance.

Frick and Hodge Pond Loop

6.4 miles  |  S - Strenuous  |  Willowemoc Wild Forest

Trailhead GPS: Coordinates N41.95114 W74.70693

Getting There: Exit State Route 17 at exit 96W and turn left on DeBruce Road. Exit State Route 17 at exit 96E and turn right at the end of the exit. Turn left at the end of the road and then take the next left onto DeBruce Rd. From the “caboose” drive 5.6 miles on DeBruce Road to Mongaup Road. Turn left and drive 2.7 miles to where the road splits. Stay left on Beech Mountain Road and drive .3 miles to the parking areas on the left. Park in the large lot.

Difficulty: This hike is rated STRENUOUS because it is over 6 miles long and has a few uphill sections along the way The reward is 1.7 miles of downhill at the end of the hike!. There may be muddy areas along the way. There are a series of wooden boardwalks that can be slippery when wet.

Trail Surface: The trail surface has a few large stones but consists mostly of small stones and dirt. The trail is often wet and muddy. The Section from Iron Wheel Junction to Junkyard Junction can be very eroded and have some gullies and large stones. The Flynn Trail is mostly grass and dirt along its entire length from Junkyard Junction back to the parking area.

Hike Description: Find the red-blazed Quick Lake Trail which starts at the back right corner of the larger parking lot. Follow it for .2 miles to the trail register and then turn left to stay on the Quick Lake Trail which follows a wide woods road. This area can be wet at times. At Gravestone Junction bear to the left on the Quick Lake Trail and walk down a hill to the bridge at the outlet end of Frick Pond. Take a moment to enjoy this beautiful view. The mountain to the right is Beech Mountain. Cross over the bridge at the outlet to Frick Pond and continue around the pond on the trail. At .7 miles there will be a trail junction. Bear left at the next trail junction to stay of red-blazed Quick Lake Trail. The hike here is slightly uphill. You will walk through a beautiful “spuce tunnel” and cross a small stream. Continuing uphill you will reach Iron Wheel Junction at 1.5 miles which is marked by a set of iron wagon wheels. Turn left to stay on the red-blazed Quick Lake Trail. At the next trail junction stay right on the Quick Lake Trail and continue to walk uphill to Junkyard Junction at 3.1 miles. Turn right here to get on the blue-blazed Flynn Trail. Walk another .5 miles passing through a gate and down to a trail that circles Hodge Pond. Turn right to stay on the Flynn Trail and walk to 3.9 miles where you will cross the outlet to Hodge Pond. Turn left and take a few minutes to walk over to the shores of Hodge Pond. This is a great place to take a break and take some pictures. Return to the trail by turning around and walking straight toward an opening in the trees. Walk uphill on the Flynn Trail passing another woods road that goes off to the left at 4.4 miles. Continue to walk to 4.7 miles where there is a four-way intersection with a snowmobile trail on the left and the Big Rock Trail on the right. Continue straight ahead on the Flynn Trail and walk 1.7 miles DOWNHILL to get back to your car. Near the end of the woods road that makes up much of the Flynn Trail there is a gate. Turn left at the gate to stay on the trail and avoid the cabin which is private property. The trail will pass a register near the end and will take you back to the parking area.

Logger’s Loop

3.7 miles  |  M - Moderate  |  Willowemoc Wild Forest

Trailhead GPS: Coordinates N41.95114 W74.70693

Getting There: Exit State Route 17 at exit 96W and turn left on DeBruce Road. Exit State Route 17 at exit 96E and turn right at the end of the exit. Turn left at the end of the road and then take the next left onto DeBruce Rd. From the “caboose” drive 5.6 miles on DeBruce Road to Mongaup Road. Turn left and drive 2.7 miles to where the road splits. Stay left on Beech Mountain Road and drive .3 miles to the parking areas on the left. Park in the large lot.

Difficulty: This hike is rated MODERATE because it is almost 4 miles long and has some moderate uphills. There may be muddy areas along the way.

Trail Surface: The trail surface has a few large stones but consists mostly of small stones and dirt. The trail is often wet and muddy. There is at least one small stream to step across. The Logger’s Loop is most a grassy surface with some marshy areas.

Hike Description: Find the red-blazed Quick Lake Trail which starts at the back right corner of the larger parking lot. Follow it for .2 miles to the trail register and then turn left to stay on the Quick Lake Trail which follows a wide woods road. This area can be wet at times. At Gravestone Junction bear to the left on the Quick Lake Trail and walk down a hill to the bridge at the outlet end of Frick Pond. Take a moment to enjoy this beautiful view. The mountain to the right is Beech Mountain. Cross over the bridge at the outlet to Frick Pond and continue around the pond on the trail. At .7 miles there will be a trail junction. Bear left at the next trail junction to stay of red-blazed Quick Lake Trail. The hike here is slightly uphill. You will walk through a beautiful “spuce tunnel” and cross a small stream. Continuing uphill you will reach Iron Wheel Junction at 1.5 miles which is marked by a set of iron wagon wheels. Turn right on the yellow-blazed Logger’s Loop Trail. The trail ascends slightly and then begins a descent to Times Square, a four-way trail junction, at 2.75 miles. Continue straight ahead on the Logger’s Loop Trail which will bring you back to Gravestone Junction near Frick Pond at 3.3 miles. Turn left and follow the red Quick Lake Trail back to the parking area.

Long Pond Complete Loop

6.0 miles  |  S - Strenuous  |  Willowemoc Wild Forest

 
Loop – 6.0 mi

Trailhead GPS: Coordinates N41.9338 W74.6496

Getting There: From the east exit State Route 17 at Exit 96W and turn left on DeBruce Road near the caboose. From the west exit State Route 17 at Exit 96E and turn right on White Roe Lake Road. Drive to the T intersection and turn left on Old Rt 17. Turn left at the next intersection onto DeBruce Road. Drive under State Route 17 to the caboose. From the caboose drive 10.1 miles to Flugertown Road on the left. Turn left on Flugertown Road and stay left as you drive .85 miles to the parking area on the right.

Difficulty: This hike is rated STRENUOUS because it is 6 miles long and has an initial uphill section and a few uphill along the way. There may be wet or muddy areas on the trail.

Trail Surface: The trail surface consists of stones and dirt with a few grassy areas. There are a few tree roots. The return trip is on local roads. The trail can be wet and muddy in places.

Hike Description: Start the hike by walking over the bridge and up the hill on the snowmobile and hiking trail. The first part of the trail is a short ascent. After about a mile, turn right and walk down to the pond. This is the nicest view of the pond that is right on the trail. Another .25 miles will bring you to a T trail junction. Turn right on the red blazed Long Pond-Beaverkill Ridge Trail and follow the red blazes. At 1.85 miles a spur trail to the lean-to appears on the right. Continue on the main trail until it intersects Basily Road at 2.85 miles. Turn left on Basily Road and continue to follow the road from this point on. There will be no more trail blazes as the route follows local roads. At 3.4 miles the road crosses a small stream which is associated with a beaver pond and marshy area. A local hunting camp owns this land but they have given permission for hikers to cross their property. Be sure to walk on the road and head for the bridge over Willowemoc Creek. Just after crossing the bridge the road makes a sharp left. Continue to follow the road which at some point changes names from Basily Road to Flugertown Road. At 4.4 miles the Long Pond-Beaverkill Ridge Trail crosses the road. Continue on the dirt and gravel road to 5.5 miles where the road becomes paved. Walk another .5 miles down the road to the parking area on the left.

Long Pond Short Loop

3.5 miles  |  M - Moderate  |  Willowemoc Wild Forest

 
Loop – 3.5 mi

Trailhead GPS: Coordinates N41.9338 W74.6496

Getting There: From the east exit State Route 17 at Exit 96W and turn left on DeBruce Road near the caboose. From the west exit State Route 17 at Exit 96E and turn right on White Roe Lake Road. Drive to the T intersection and turn left on Old Rt 17. Turn left at the next intersection onto DeBruce Road. Drive under State Route 17 to the caboose. From the caboose drive 10.1 miles to Flugertown Road on the left. Turn left on Flugertown Road and stay left as you drive .85 miles to the parking area on the right.

Difficulty: This hike is rated MODERATE because it is almost 4 miles long and has an initial ascent up a short hill. The return trip is on roads. There may be wet or muddy areas along the way.

Trail Surface: The trail surface consists of stones and dirt with a few grassy areas. There are a few tree roots. The return trip is on local roads. The trail can be wet and muddy in places.

Hike Description: Start the hike by walking over the bridge and up the hill on the snowmobile and hiking trail. The first part of the trail is a short ascent. After about a mile, turn right and walk down to the pond. This is the nicest view of the pond that is right on the trail. Another .25 miles will bring you to a T trail junction. Turn left and walk north toward the road. The trail descends almost 200 feet along the way. Descend to the bridges across the streams and follow one of the paths out to Flugertown Road. During the winter the road will be covered in ice and snow. In the other seasons it is a dirt and gravel road with a few pullouts to park cars. Turn left to start the loop back to the parking area. Since the road is lightly traveled it is almost like walking on a nice flat trail but watch out for the occasional car. The walk back along the road is a little more than 1.5 miles and goes very quickly.

Long Pond

2.3 miles  |  E - Easy  |  Willowemoc Wild Forest

 
Out and Back – 2.3 mi

Trailhead GPS: Coordinates N41.9338 W74.6496

Getting There: From the east exit State Route 17 at Exit 96W and turn left on DeBruce Road near the caboose. From the west exit State Route 17 at Exit 96E and turn right on White Roe Lake Road. Drive to the T intersection and turn left on Old Rt 17. Turn left at the next intersection onto DeBruce Road. Drive under State Route 17 to the caboose. From the caboose drive 10.1 miles to Flugertown Road on the left. Turn left on Flugertown Road and stay left as you drive .85 miles to the parking area on the right.

Difficulty: This hike is rated EASY because it is relatively short with a short uphill at the beginning. The return trip goes back down the same hill. There may be wet or muddy areas along the way. Sometimes there are trees across the path that you must walk around.

Trail Surface: The trail surface consists of stones and dirt with a few grassy areas. There are a few tree roots. The trail can be wet and muddy in places.
Hike Description: Start the hike by walking over the bridge just passed the trail register box and up the hill on the snowmobile and hiking trail. The first part of the trail is a short ascent. The trail levels off at the top of the hill and after about a mile, turn right and walk down to the pond on an unmarked but obvious path. This is the nicest view of the pond that is right on the trail. When you are done, walk back up to the main trail and turn left. Retrace your steps to the car enjoying the long downhill!
Moderate: Long Pond Short Loop – 3.5 mi

Trailhead GPS: Coordinates N41.9338 W74.6496
Getting There: From the east exit State Route 17 at Exit 96W and turn left on DeBruce Road near the caboose. From the west exit State Route 17 at Exit 96E and turn right on White Roe Lake Road. Drive to the T intersection and turn left on Old Rt 17. Turn left at the next intersection onto DeBruce Road. Drive under State Route 17 to the caboose. From the caboose drive 10.1 miles to Flugertown Road on the left. Turn left on Flugertown Road and stay left as you drive .85 miles to the parking area on the right.

Difficulty: This hike is rated MODERATE because it is almost 4 miles long and has an initial ascent up a short hill. The return trip is on roads. There may be wet or muddy areas along the way.

Trail Surface: The trail surface consists of stones and dirt with a few grassy areas. There are a few tree roots. The return trip is on local roads. The trail can be wet and muddy in places.

Hike Description: Start the hike by walking over the bridge and up the hill on the snowmobile and hiking trail. The first part of the trail is a short ascent. After about a mile, turn right and walk down to the pond. This is the nicest view of the pond that is right on the trail. Another .25 miles will bring you to a T trail junction. Turn left and walk north toward the road. The trail descends almost 200 feet along the way. Descend to the bridges across the streams and follow one of the paths out to Flugertown Road. During the winter the road will be covered in ice and snow. In the other seasons it is a dirt and gravel road with a few pullouts to park cars. Turn left to start the loop back to the parking area. Since the road is lightly traveled it is almost like walking on a nice flat trail but watch out for the occasional car. The walk back along the road is a little more than 1.5 miles and goes very quickly.

Frick Pond Loop

2.2 miles  |  E - Easy  |  Willowemoc Wild Forest

Trailhead GPS: Coordinates N41.95114 W74.70693

Getting There: Exit State Route 17 at exit 96W and turn left on DeBruce Road. Exit State Route 17 at exit 96E and turn right at the end of the exit. Turn left at the end of the road and then take the next left onto DeBruce Rd. From the “caboose” drive 5.6 miles on DeBruce Road to Mongaup Road. Turn left and drive 2.7 miles to where the road splits. Stay left on Beech Mountain Road and drive .3 miles to the parking areas on the left. Park in the large lot.

Difficulty: This hike is rated EASY because it is relatively flat and short. There may be muddy areas along the way. There are a series of wooden boardwalks that can be slippery when wet.

Trail Surface: The trail surface has a few large stones but consists mostly of small stones and dirt. The trail is often wet and muddy. The area around the back of the pond has wooden walkways that can be slippery when wet.

Hike Description: Find the red-blazed Quick Lake Trail which starts at the back right corner of the larger parking lot. Follow it for .2 miles to the trail register and then turn left to stay on the Quick Lake Trail which follows a wide woods road. This area can be wet at times. At Gravestone Junction bear to the left on the Quick Lake Trail and walk down a hill to the bridge at the outlet end of Frick Pond. Take a moment to enjoy this beautiful view. The mountain to the right is Beech Mountain. Cross over the bridge at the outlet to Frick Pond and continue around the pond on the trail. At .7 miles there will be a trail junction. Bear right on the yellow-blazed Big Rock Trail and walk around the “back” of the pond. You will cross over several wooden “bridges” or “causeways” over running water and marshy areas. BE CAREFUL as these wooden bridges are usually in the shade, grow moss readily and can be VERY SLIPPERY. After another .5 miles of walking you will be at Times Square, a four way trail junction. Turn right on the yellow-blazed Loggers Loop Trail and continue to circle Frick Pond. At 1.75 miles you will have completed the loop and it is only .5 miles back to your car. Turn left and follow the red Quick Lake Trail back to the parking area.

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