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Spruce Pond &
Shackham Pond Loop


DIRECTIONS:  From Tully, NY 80 EAST past Apulia.  Turn right on Bailey Rd, then veer right on Shackham Rd.  Just past the 4 way junction of a seasonal dirt road, reach the Shackham Pond Trailhead on Shackham Rd.  Park on the side of the road.  Start your hike by heading up the hill. The GPS coordinates for the parking is N42 47.400 W76 00.618 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle.

NOTES:  This hike utilizes the North Country Trail, Fellows Hill Trail and a seasonal dirt road to create a four mile mile loop in Morgan Hill State Forest.  This loop hike features an old small cemetery, the two scenic ponds in Morgan Hill State Forest as well as sections of the North Country Trail completed in 2007.

Hiking along Spruce Pond

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Mile Elevation Description                      
0.0 1538 feet

From Shackham Road (Shackham Pond Trailhead), follow the blue blazes up the hill.  There is an "Onondaga Trail" sign at this trailhead.  This is the North Country National Scenic Trail that runs from North Dakota to Crown Point, NY.

0.4 1719 feet

After a steady climb the trail begins to descend.

0.9 1575 feet

Trail register and soon cross small stream.

1.5 1686 feet

Cross dirt road.

1.7 1686 feet

Reach North Country Trail Kiosk.  Turn right toward Spruce Pond, now following orange blazes.  Reach dirt road, turn left & follow road for 30 feet, then right into forest following orange blazes. Great spot along Spruce Pond for a break.

1.85 1710 feet

Reach seasonal dirt Onondaga One Rd (aka Herlihy Rd), turn right and follow dirt road.  No blazes on this stretch of the loop hike.

2.75 1745 feet

Highest point on this loop hike, begin descent down dirt road.

3.15 1540 feet

Reach Shackham Road.  Continue straight on dirt Onondaga One Road.

3.35 1511 feet

Reach North Country Trail (aka Finger Lakes Trail).  Turn right into forest and follow blue blazes.

3.8 1496 feet

Shackham Pond on your right.  Soon pass an old 1840's cemetery.

4.0 1538 feet

Reach Shackham Road and your vehicle

Shackham Pond in Morgan Hill State Forest

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