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.