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Muskrat Pond

 

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Muskrat Pond is a bit more secluded now that Indian Lake Road is closed to vehicles 1.6 miles from main trail leading to this remote pond located in Moose River Plains Wild Forest. To reach the trailhead requires a long drive on the rough dirt roads deep into the Moose River Plains, past the remote Otter Brook and site of Gerald Kenwell's place.

It is a 1.7 mile hike to reach Muskrat Pond, first hiking 1.6 miles along the old road from the newly created gate and parking area at the end of Indian Lake Road that can be driven by vehicles. Then a short 0.1 mile trail travels to the pond. This new trailhead is located 6.2 miles south of the T intersection in the heart of the plains. This old stretch of Indian Lake Road will become a future stretch of the North Country Trail. There is a junction on the right after 0.3 miles for the 0.4 mile trail to Squaw Lake that descends down to the pretty lake.

You will find the old roadside campsites as you continue walking along what was once open to vehicles up until 2012. After descending you'll cross Muskrat Creek at a scenic spot and then at 1.6 miles you'll reach a side trail on the left that travels a short 0.1 miles to Muskrat Pond. The trail (old road) continues on to Indian Lake, reaching a side trail on the right nearly 2.4 miles from the trailhead. From there the old road continues straight ahead into West Canada Lakes Wilderness, reaching a difficult crossing of the Indian River at 3.3 miles and then the trail continues on another 2.7 miles to the extremely remote Horn Lake. You can also reach Balsam Lake and Stink Lake from this trail.

Look below for a few pictures and a map of this hike. Muskrat Pond is trail #92 on the map below. Many day hikers first hike to Squaw Lake and then continue along the old road to reach Muskrat Pond and then on to Indian Lake. You can also bike this old road and walk the side trails. Try camping in the area at one of the many primitive sites and explore the hiking trails in the area.

 

Trail near Muskrat Creek

Sign for side trail to Muskrat Pond along Indian Lake Trail

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