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Stephens Pond is a popular hiking destination along the Northville-Placid Trail in the Blue Ridge Wilderness of the Adirondacks located near the small hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake. There are two possible starting points to visit this remote scenic pond as a dayhike. A popular lean to is located near the shore of the pond, which you might find thru hikers of the NPT relaxing.

The two starting points involve the overly popular Northville-Placid Trail and Lake Durant State Campground. One starting point is outside of the campground along NY 28/NY 30 and the other is within the campground (fee required unless camping at campground). It is a four mile hike to Cascade Pond from the NY 28/NY 30 trailhead and 3.5 miles from the campground trailhead. Look below for info on each of the possible hikes from the different starting points.

From the NY 28/NY 30 - Lake Durant Campground trailheads: A marked trailhead is located where the Northville-Placid Trail crosses NY 28/NY 30. There is a parking area on both sides of the road. Follow the blue marked NPT north toward the campground. The trail enters the campground at 0.3 miles, crossing the Rock River and then following the main campground road along the shore of Lake Durant. At 0.5 miles the trail veers left off the road just after site #3 and heads back into the woods.

At 3.2 miles reach a major junction. The Northville-Placid Trail turns left here to Stephens Pond. The right trail at this intersection is the red marked Cascade Pond Trail that travels 0.8 miles to the Cascade Pond Lean To. It is another 0.8 miles on the NPT to a side trail on the left that leads to the Stephens Pond Lean To. There are numerous paths that lead to the shore of the pond, including a few with the perfect picnic spot and view.

Some campground visitors hike to Stephens Pond and then to Cascade Pond as a long day hike. Look below for a few pictures, a video featuring the hike as well as a trail map and directions to the trailheads.

Directions: The NY28/NY 30 trailhead is located along NY 28/NY 30 at a marked parking area where the Northville-Placid Trail crosses the road, about three miles east of Blue Mountain Lake. The GPS coordinates are N43 50.520 W74 23.188 for those who have a GPS devise. The parking areas are plowed in the winter.

The other trailhead is located within the Lake Durant State Campground (fee) between site #3 and site #5. Parking is available in the main beach parking area. The GPS coordinates are N43 50.251 W74 23.242 where the trail leaves the campground road.

Stephens Pond Lean To

Small rowboat on the shore of Stephens Pond

 

 

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