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.