Champlain Area Trails (CATS) will hold the Ticonderoga Fall Fest Hike at Lost Pond, Saturday, September 28, beginning at 8:30 am. Hikers can hike in the morning and still have plenty of time to take in the fall-themed events for all ages at the 2nd Annual Fall Fest in Ticonderoga.
This is an easy hike at a beautiful time a year. It’s 1.4 miles through open hemlock forest to a serene lake. Hikers then have the option to hike around the pond, which adds about another mile, or return back to the parking area. On one side of the lake the trail goes through a deciduous forest, while the other is a little rougher with rocks on the trail. If the full route is selected, the round trip will be about 2.8 miles, and take about three hours.
The leaves are just beginning to change on the trail, and there is a wide variety of birds, including loons, in the area.
Lost Pond is part of the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. The directions are: From I-87 Exit 28, take NY 74 East to the Putnam Pond State Campground Road. Turn right (left if coming from Ticonderoga) and follow road for about 3.3 miles, reaching the Lost Pond Trailhead parking area on the right prior to the entrance to the campground. The GPS coordinates of the parking area are N43 50.435 W73 33.517. There is a DEC sign near the entrance to the parking area.
The registration fee for the Harvest Hike is $5, those under 17 are free; hikers can register at champlainareatrails.com/our-events/ or by using this link: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/ChamplainAreaTrails/interpretivehikes-1.html. Hikers can also register just prior to the hike, but it’s easiest and faster to get on the hike with advance registration.
Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is a nonprofit organization that creates and maintains hiking and cross-country ski trails in the Champlain Valley, with the goal of linking communities, connecting people with nature and promoting economic vitality. CATS is also an accredited land trust working to conserve natural communities, farmland, clean water, and scenic vistas. Information on future CATS events and activities is available on the website at champlainareatrails.com and by following CATS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please call (518) 962-2287 for more information.