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Hiking in Adirondack Park
Shaker Mountain Wild Forest
County Line Lake
The blue marked trail to County Line Lake is sometimes referred to as the Pinnacle Valley Trail. This is a 3.5 mile one way hike that has an elevation gain of just over 1000 feet that eventually takes you to a remote scenic lake located in the Shaker Mountain Wild Forest of the Southwestern Adirondacks. This is one of those places you might just find solitude in the Adirondacks if you are searching for a quiet place away from people.
Directions: From Caroga Lake Campground take NY 29A north. Soon after the intersection with NY 10, turn right on County Route 112 aka Benson Bleeker Road. Soon the roads becomes County Route 125. Turn left on Pinnacle Road and drive to the end of the road, where there is a large turn around/parking area. The GPS coordinates are N43 12.332 W74 23.398 for the end of the road for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle. This is the Pinnacle Road Trailhead for the County Line Lake - Pinnacle Valley Trail and the Chase Lake Trail.
From the large turn around/parking area, head toward the kiosk/trail register. The blue marked County Line Lake Trail - Pinnacle Valley Trail starts just after the kiosk, past the boulders. This wide trail follows an old road and it slowly climbs as it follows Pinnacle Creek. At first you will not see the creek, but after a short while you will first hear the sounds of the creek and then see the creek. After 1.1 miles cross a stream and there is a marsh off to your left. After passing a meadow at 1.3 miles, you will soon need to cross the two branches of Pinnacle Creek. This can be difficult stream crossings in the spring after thaw or after heavy rains.
After about two miles of hiking there will be a fork where the blue marked trail turns left, while the wide old road goes straight. The old road is unmarked from here and is a continuation of the old Pinnacle Valley Trail. It enters into Hamilton County and the Silver Lake Wilderness, but eventually fades away into the wilderness. The County Line Lake Trail is the left fork and is still marked with blue markers. If you stop seeing blue markers, turn around because you are going the wrong way! The main trail is no longer a wide old road, it is a true hiking path.
It doesn't take long for the trail to start climbing fast, almost steeply for a bit. The trail is following near the Fulton/Hamilton County Line, which is also the boundary for Shaker Mountain Wild Forest and Silver Lake Wilderness. For a brief time the trail actually crosses into Hamilton County/Silver Lake Wilderness, before heading back into Fulton County/Shaker Mountain Wild Forest as you continue the climb toward the lake. The first signs of the lake is an area of what looks like a dam burst and let all the water out of the lake. It's not actually County Line Lake. You are not at the lake yet, but are almost there! Eventually you will arrive at this remote pretty lake
Look below for a couple of pictures, a map of this area and the map located at the kiosk.
DEC sign at trailhead
Kiosk at start of the Pinnacle Valley Trail
Map located at the kiosk
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