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Ferris Lake Wild Forest
Jockeybush Lake is located in Ferris Lake Wild Forest in the southwestern Adirondacks off NY 10 in Hamilton County. The 1.1 mile trail that leads to the lake has an elevation gain of 221 feet.
This great short hike features views of the stream the trail follows, a few small waterfalls and at the end of the trail, Jockeybush Lake. The trail to the lake is easy to walk except for a few muddy stretches and you may want to avoid the the trail in the spring due to the stream crossing. The trail begins at the parking area on the west side of NY 10. The GPS coordinates are N43 18.061 W74 33.963 for those who have a GPS device in their car. There is a snowmobile trail that also leaves the parking area that might confuse some hikers. The Jockeybush Lake Trail is well marked with signs and DEC plastic markers.
After 0.4 miles the trail reaches the Jockeybush Lake Outlet stream, which could be difficult to cross during times of high water. The trail will continue to climb as you follow along the stream all the way to the lake. When you reach the outlet at the lake, this marks the end of the official trail. There are herd paths that can be explored on both sides of the lake.
Look below for a few pictures and a few maps of Jockeybush Lake Trail.
DEC sign at start of trail
Stream crossing in late August
Campsite near Jockeybush Lake Outlet
Above map courtesy of Andy Arthur from AndyArthur.org
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