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Wilson Pond
Grassy Pond

 

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The three mile hiking trail to Wilson Pond is located in the Blue Ridge Wilderness, which is located in the Central Adirondacks, west of the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake off NY 28. The short 0.5 mile hike to Grassy Pond is the perfect leg stretcher for those traveling along NY 28. Those looking for a longer hike will find Wilson Pond as a great remote destination, which includes a lean to for those wanting a wilderness backcountry camping experience.

The trailhead is located at a marked parking area off NY 28. There is a sign that states Grassy Pond Parking along the road. The parking area GPS coordinates are N43 50.593 W74 28.618 for those who have a GPS devise. It is just under three miles west of Blue Mountain Lake. The trail starts on PRIVATE PROPERTY, so there is no camping allowed along the first 0.1 miles of the trail. There is a trail register, please be sure to sign in/out. You are following red DEC FOOT TRAIL plastic discs on this hike. The sign says 0.5 miles to Grassy Pond (it's 0.4 miles) and 3 miles to Wilson Pond (it's just under 3.1 miles).

At 0.25 miles there is a well defined trail that comes in on your left. Continue straight/right. This trail leads toward private property and there is no advantage to walking it to see where it goes. Soon you'll see Grassy Pond through the trees. At 0.4 miles a short side trail on the left takes you toward the grassy/shrubby shore of Grassy Pond. If you were just looking for a quick leg stretcher hike, then head back to the parking area after enjoying the pond. If your doing the long hike to Wilson Pond, then continue on the red trail over the outlet of the pond on logs.

The trail is scenic as you will be sheltered by tall evergreens around a side of a hill before rock hopping below an old beaver dam. After crossing a small ridge, the trail then drops to cross the outlet of Wilson Pond. The outlet travels nearly two miles to Rock Pond. This crossing can be impassable in the spring and very wet the most of the time. The trail skirts the edge of a wetland before climbing a hill. Soon pass an old road that is a connector trail to the Cascade Pond Trail.

The trail can be tough to follow as it makes its way to the pond. Be sure to be watching the trail and the markers. The overall elevation gain of this hike is nearly 600 feet. Look below for a few pictures and a couple of maps to assist you in planning your hiking adventure.

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