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Lost Pond

 

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Lost Pond is located in the 46,283 acre Pharaoh Lake Wilderness of the East-Central Adirondacks. It is a popular day-hiking as well as a backpacking adventure for those looking for a short, easy hike to a scenic destination. It is a really easy 1.4 mile hike from the parking area near the entrance of Putnam Pond State Campground. There is no lean to shelter, but there are some designated campsites along the shore of this scenic pond. There is a trail that travels around the pond where you'll find the campsites along the trail. There is a total elevation gain of about 260 feet that includes the loop around the pond.

Directions: From I-87 Exit 28 take NY 74 East to the Putnam Pond State Campground Road. Turn right and follow road for about 3.3 miles, reaching the Lost Pond Trailhead parking area on the right prior to the entrance to the campground. The GPS coordinates of the parking area is N43 50.435 W73 33.517 for those who have a GPS device. There is a DEC sign near the entrance to the parking area that states 'Lost Pond 1.4 miles'.

There is a trail register near the start of the trail. The trail follows an old woods road and is wide as well as easy to follow. There are yellow DEC plastic trail markers marking the trail. The trail is popular with anglers as well as hikers and you should notice that the trail is well worn. There is one big down and up dip over a wet section that you'll cross over rocks. After 1.4 miles you'll reach the junction of the Lost Pond Loop Trail.

If you just want to check out the pond or looking for a quick picnic spot, turn left at the junction and you'll find a path toward an open area on the shore. The loop trail is also marked with yellow markers and goes 1.1 miles around the pond. The loop trail can be tough to follow at times. There are a few campsites scattered around the pond. The total distance to the pond, around the pond and back to the parking area is 3.9 miles. Look below for a few pictures, maps and a video featuring Lost Pond.

 

DEC sign along road

Trail and bridge

Junction of Pond Loop Trail

Lost Pond

 

 

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