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Here is a great easy, short hike to a nice looking pond located near the hamlet of Indian Lake in the central Adirondacks. The pond is popular with anglers, however it is worth taking the 0.6 mile hike to see this pretty pond. The trailhead is located at a large parking area that is popular with Hudson River rafters. You may see bus loads of rafters preparing to raft the rapids of the Indian River and the Hudson River.
From the large parking area the red marked trail climbs the bank of the parking lot where the DEC sign is for Bullhead Pond and follows an old woods road. There is no trail register. Near the start of the trail, off to the right you may notice an old stone foundation. At 0.45 miles there is a somewhat hidden junction of a yellow marked trail that travels to the fish barrier dam and then on to a campsite above the pond. The main trail descends, veers right and reaches the south shore of the pond at 0.6 miles.
Where the trail veers right, you'll notice a herd path the goes left. This is a path used mainly by anglers and follows near the shore of this larger than expected pond. The further you go, the fainter the path becomes. We are not sure if the path goes all the way around the pond.
At the hidden junction of the yellow marked trail there is a blue ribbon on a tree (in Sept 2015) across from the junction. The yellow markers are sparse and the trail is somewhat faint. The start of the trail had a lot of tree limbs (in Sept 2015) where it almost looked like someone didn't want folks to see the trail. The trail descends down to the fish barrier dam, where there is a scenic spot to the left of the dam. There is a place to cross the stream below the dam, as you really shouldn't cross the dam.
The yellow marked trail now becomes a bit tougher to follow. A herd path goes left to a rock outcrop on the pond. A nice place for a picnic or to throw a line into the pond, but not a good level spot for tent camping. A level campsite is just above this spot. The herd path continues along near the shore of the pond. The yellow marked trail goes up the hill where the herd path goes left and you might even see one of the yellow markers going up the hill. The yellow marked trail ends in an open, level area that is a designated campsite.
Directions: From Indian Lake take NY 28 1.3 miles past the NY 30 junction and turn left on Chain Lakes Road. Take Chain Lakes Road 1.4 miles to a large parking area on the left. The GPS coordinates is N43 48.110 W74 13.819 for the large parking area. There is a small DEC sign that marks the start of the trail.
DEC sign that marks the start of the trail to Bullhead Pond
The trail is wide and level for the most part
Fish barrier dam near the outlet of Bullhead Pond
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