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Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness Hiking Guide
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Hiking in Herkimer County
Hiking in Adirondack Park
The 26,600 acre Ha-de-ron-dah Wilderness is in the western foothills of
, west of the popular tourist destination of Old Forge. This popular area in the Adirondack Park Adirondacksis easily accessed off NY 28.
There are nearly 35 miles of marked hiking trails located in Ha-de-ron-dah Wilderness. There are four popular bushwhacks for those who like going off trail can attempt. Cross Hill, Six Mile Hill, Coal Hill and
are bare summit hills created by forest fires from a century ago. There are two lean to’s located in the Wilderness, both being very popular to backpackers. The shelters are located at Quarry Mountain and Middle Settlement Lake . Middle Branch Lake
The make up of the hiking trails in this wilderness offer backpackers a chance to explore the area utilizing loop hikes. You can choose a number of loop hiking options in this wilderness, from shorter loops to longer, multi day backpacking loop hikes.
Ha-de-ron-dah Wilderness hiking trails
Big Otter Lake Trail - (Blue, 7.8 miles) Thendara to
. This former truck trail is now closed to vehicular use by 2 gate barriers at Thendara. Big Otter Lake
Lost Creek Trail - (Red, 2.6 miles) Big Otter Lake Trail northerly to a dead end on Lost Creek.
Lost Creek- East Pond- Link Trail - (Blue, 1.8 miles) Links Lost Creek Trail with East Pond Trail.
East Pond Trail - (Yellow, 2.8 miles) Big Otter Lake Trail to East Pond via Little Simon Pond.
Blackfoot Pond Trail - (Red, 1.0 mile) East Pond Trail to Blackfoot Pond.
Moose River Mountain Trail - (0.7 miles) Old trail to site of the former fire tower.
Middle Branch Lake Trail - (Yellow, 1.6 miles) Old Cedar Pond Shelter to Big Otter Trail.
Middle Branch Lean-to Trail - (Red, 0.2 miles) Middle Branch Lake Trail to shelter.
Middle Settlement Lake Trail - (Yellow, 3.7 miles) Site of the former Cedar Pond Shelter to Brown's Tract Trail via
. Middle Settlement Lake
Vista Trail - (Blue, 0.2 miles) Middle Settlement Lake Trail to top of a cliff. This trail is no longer maintained as the trees have grown to block the scenic view.
Middle Settlement Lake Access Trail - (Blue, 1.2 miles) Middle Settlement Lake Trail to Brown's Tract Trail. This is a popular trail with hikers looking for the quickest route to the lake.
Cedar Pond Trail – (Red, 2.2 miles) Brown’s Tract Trail to site of the former Cedar Pond Shelter.
Grass Pond Trail – (Yellow, 0.5 miles) Cedar Pond Trail to Grass Pond.
Scusa Access Trail – (Red, 0.6 miles) NY 28 parking area to Brown’s Tract Trail.
Lost Lake Trail – (Blue, 3.8 miles) Middle Settlement Lake Trail to Pine Lake Trail via
. Lost Lake
Brown’s Tract Trail – (Yellow, 6.7 miles) Thendara to
Copper Lake Roadand then on to the extension of the trail that continues to a parking area off NY 28 on . Conservation Easement Land
Destinations in Ha-de-ron-dah Wilderness
Middle Settlement Lake Middle Branch Lake Six Mile Hill Grass Pond Cross Hill Coal Hill Quarry Mountain Big Otter Lake Trail East Pond Blackfoot Pond Brown's Tract Trail Lost Creek
Start of the Big Otter Lake Trail at the Thendara trailhead
Map above courtesy of Andy Arthur
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