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Our 2010 Hikes - May 15

North Country Trail
Onondaga Trail

DeRuyter State Forest

E Lake Rd to Tromp Road


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Date:  May 15, 2010

Length of hike 4.6 miles round trip

Location:  Deruyter State Forest & private property

Trailhead:  Off East Lake Road

Trailhead Coordinates:  N42 49.396 W75 53.291

Name of Trails:  North Country Trail, Onondaga Trail

Hike Difficulty:  Moderate

Hike Elevation Gain:  846 feet

Trail Conditions:  Well maintained and marked trails

Features:  Views of Deruyter Lake, scenic forest

Links: NCT - DeRuyter State Forest and Onondaga Trail

On a very windy Saturday we decided to head to Deruyter Lake to do a hike along the North Country Trail.  It was my fourth time hiking this section as it is a favorite of ours.  We decided that we would hike from the parking area on East Lake Road to seasonal dirt Tromp Road in Deruyter State Forest.  The first mile of the hike is on private property. 

Looking at East Lake Road from small parking area

The owners seem to be very avid hunters as you will see numerous blinds and hunting stands as you hike through their land.  Remember to stay on the trail while on private property.  You may notice that some of the land was recently logged.  From the small parking area head east toward the blue blazes.  The trail can be hard to see in this small field as it is not as well defined as the rest of the trail.

Trail register along the North Country Trail

You'll reach the old trail at the edge of the woods on your left (since moved closer to parking area), as the trail now turns right.  Almost immediately is a trail register and soon after a small stream crossing.  The trail now begins to ascend as you pass a sign reminding you that you are hiking on private property.

View of Deruyter Lake from along the trail

At 0.3 miles of hiking you might notice a small waterfall on the seasonal stream below on your left.  Shortly you'll have a view of a ravine created from the small stream.  The trail continues to ascend as you walk through woods with some signs of logging from a few years ago.  At 0.7 miles the trail levels out and soon you'll have views of Deruyter Lake on your right at 0.8 miles.  More switchbacks as you begin another push toward the state forest boundary.

North Country Trail enters Deruyter State Forest

After a walk through a maze of pines, the trail levels as you enter Deruyter State Forest at 1.1 miles.  At 1.3 miles you'll see a faint trail leading to the edge of a corn field with some views (when the corn isn't too high).  Not a spectacular view but worth exploring to make your own judgment.  The trail now descends and passes under power lines at 1.6 miles before crossing a small stream.  This section was wet and muddy when we hiked it on 5/15/2010.

Corn field view

The trail now climbs again and crosses the rough Stanton Road at 1.7 miles.  This seasonal road is rough and muddy from what we saw.  I wouldn't recommend driving on this part of the road to reach the trail.  The road is fine up to Tromp Road (where the DEC sign for Deruyter State Forest is located).  The trail continues to ascend as you pass through another area that still has signs of logging from a few years ago.  This state forest was logged heavily from 2007-2009 during the time the NCT was being built through the area.  There still is a short 0.5 mile section still not officially opened due to all the logging.

Rough and muddy Stanton Road

At 2.1 miles the trail levels off and you'll see orange flags (soon to be blazes) of a side trail on your right.  This side "access" trail leads south 0.2 miles to a small parking area off Tromp Road and what looks to be a small pond.  You can explore this side trail either now or after you reach Tromp Road just 0.1 miles ahead.  However you decide to explore this area, simply retrace you steps back to the parking area on East Lake Road for a 4.6 mile hike.

Tromp Road at the NCT crossing

You can continue along the North Country Trail across Tromp Road for another 0.5 mile to Fairbanks Road.  Although not officially opened and still showing flags, the trail can and is hiked between Tromp and Fairbanks Road.  This section of the NCT coincides with the Onondaga Trail.  This part of the trail is maintained by the Onondaga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club.  You can help support this trail by purchasing official Onondaga Trail maps from the Finger Lakes Trail Conference Look below for a map and a video of this great hike we did recently.

Small pond at end of flagged trail (orange blazes soon)

Directions:  From Fabius take NY 80 to a right on Reservoir Road (soon after crossing into Madison County).  Reservoir Road turns into East Lake Road.  The NCT crosses the road at the three way stop sign at Dam Road.  Continue straight and in 0.2 miles on your left is a small white sign for the trailhead parking in a small field.



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