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Wilcox Lake Wild Forest


Cod Pond

 

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Cod Pond is a scenic small pond located in Wilcox Lake Wild Forest.  It's short distance from NY 8 makes it a perfect leg stretcher for travelers driving the highway.  The trailhead is about 8.3 miles northeast from the NY 30 junction, near Wells.  There is a pull off just before bridge over Stewart Creek on the south side of the road with enough parking for about ten cars.  There is a small DEC sign that marks the start of the trail that can be easily missed from the highway.

The trail starts off the shoulder of NY 8 and immediately passes a yellow gate.  The rocky trail climbs gently 0.2 miles to a trail register and a junction.  The Cod Pond Trail turns right here.  The Oregon Trail continues straight, reaching a bridge over Stewart Creek at 0.8 miles, a place called North Bend at 2.9 miles and Baldwin Springs at 4.7 miles.  We've heard that the bridge over Stewart Creek is worth checking out.

The Cod Pond Trail continues to climb gently and reaches another junction at 0.3 miles.  The Cotter Creek Trail goes right at the junction 3.5 miles to the main Cotter Creek Trail.  This is a snowmobile trail that doesn't look like it gets much foot traffic.  The Cod Pond Trail veers left at the junction and soon levels off.

From here we encountered numerous blowdown that blocked parts of the trail (Sept 2012).  At 1.0 miles the trail reaches a designated campsite and turns left to reach the scenic pond in another 150 feet.  This is a fairly easy hike with an overall elevation gain of 187 feet.  Be sure to check out the "rock monster" across the pond. 

Directions: From Wells take NY 30 North for nearly three miles.  Turn right on NY 8 and drive 8.3 miles to a small pull off just before the bridge over Stewart Creek.  There is a small DEC sign that marks the Cod Pond Trail, but can be easily missed from the highway.  The GPS coordinates are N43 31.783 W74 08.736 for those who have a GPS device in their vehicle.

Look below for a few pictures, a video and a couple of maps of this great hike in the Central Adirondacks.

 

DEC sign at the start of the Cod Pond Trail off NY 8

Designated campsite near Cod Pond

The "Rock Monster" on the other side of Cod Pond

 

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