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East Central Adirondacks
Hammond Pond Wild Forest
The Hammond Pond Trail follows an old road. It's an easy 0.9 hike a beautiful view of the pond near the old wooden dam of Black Brook. You may find yourself saying "wow" when you reach the pond, upon seeing the view toward Bloody Mountain. The future North Country Trail may follow part of this trail as it travels through the Adirondacks. There is a campsite near the pond and we hope to see a lean to here for North Country Trail hikers in the future.
The DEC sign at the start of the trail says 0.8 miles. We GPS'd this hike at 0.86 miles, rounded up to 0.9 miles. Either way, this is an extremely easy hike with a minimal elevation gain and can be enjoyed by all members of your family. There is a small parking area off Ensign Pond Road (County Route 4) that is the trailhead for Hammond Pond, Bass Lake, Berrymill Flow and Moose Mountain Pond. The GPS coordinates for the parking area is N43 59.511 W73 39.692 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle. There is a DEC sign along the side of the road at the parking area.
From the parking area, walk up the wooden steps to a DEC sign marking a junction. Straight ahead is the trail to Berrymill Flow, Bass Lake and Moose Mountain Pond. Hammond Pond Trail is to the left. This will be a future North Country Trail access and a popular trailhead. The trail immediately goes over a sandy pile, then follows an old road passing an unmarked trail on your right. The Hammond Pond Trail follows red DEC plastic discs.
At 0.1 miles the trail crosses Berrymill Brook on a nice footbridge. After crossing the bridge you reach a trail register. The trail is easy to follow as you walk along the old road. At 0.7 miles reach a Y junction with no signs. The trail to Hammond Pond goes left as the Black Brook Trail goes right up hill. The future North Country Trail will also go right and follow the Black Brook Trail toward a proposed trail that will be constructed in the future.
The Hammond Pond Trail continues another 0.2 miles, passing a campsite and ending at the edge of Hammond Pond. There is a spectacular view over the pond toward Bloody Mountain. On your left is the old wooden dam that keeps Hammond Pond in place. The dam has a wide wooden plank. This scenic area would be a great spot for a lean to for backpackers of the future North Country Trail.
Directions: I-87 to Exit 29, then US 9 North 2.4 miles to County Route 4 turning right. In 0.2 miles turn right onto Ensign Pond Road (still County Route 4). In 2.7 miles there will be a small parking area on the right a DEC sign. This parking area is about 0.1 mile east of the Challis Pond Trailhead.
Look below for some pictures, a video and a couple of maps of this great hike.
Footbridge over Berrymill Brook
The easy to follow Hammond Pond Trail
Scenic view over Hammond Pond
Campsite on Hammond Pond
Old wooden plank dam at Hammond Pond
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