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Grass Pond

 

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Grass Pond is located in the 26,600 acre Ha-de-ron-dah Wilderness in the western foothills of the Adirondacks, just west of the popular tourist destination of Old Forge. The pond does not get many visitors as most hikers pass right by the side trail that travels to this brushy pond. This hiking destination in the Adirondacks is easily accessed off NY 28.

The main route to Grass Pond begins from the large parking area off NY 28 (which is maintained all year round), locally known as the Scusa Trailhead. The parking area is located 5.7 miles north of McKeever and 2.8 miles south of Thendara. It is a huge "rest area" off of NY 28 that you can't miss. This the trailhead that most hikers use to enter the wilderness. The GPS coordinates of the parking area is N43 40.610 W75 03.104 for those who have a GPS devise.

From the parking area, cross NY 28 to get to the 0.6 mile Scusa Access Trail, which is marked with red DEC plastic discs. There is a steep climb almost immediately as you walk into the Ha-de-ron-dah Wilderness. This trail is #77 on the map below. After 0.6 miles of hiking you reach the yellow marked Brown's Tract Trail. Here you turn right on the yellow Brown's Tract Trail and in 0.2 miles you'll turn left onto the red marked Cedar Pond Trail (#74 on map below).

In 0.3 miles reach the junction of the yellow marked Grass Pond Trail on the right, turn onto the yellow marked trail and follow it 0.5 miles to the pond. Total distance to Grass Pond from the Scusa Trailhead is 1.6 miles, for a short 3.2 mile roundtrip hike.

Look below for a few maps of this  hike in the Ha-de-ron-dah Wilderness. 

 

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