John Pond – Clear Pond Loop

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This lovely, relatively flat loop hike passes through varied terrain including open meadows and pine and mature deciduous forest, and features views of Bullhead Mountain, pretty John Pond Brook, and John and Clear Ponds.  The yellow marked trail can be hiked in a loop from either direction.  Short, red-marked side trails lead to the ponds.  John Pond offers a lean-to for overnight stays, and the John Pond Crossover Trail continues on to Puffer Pond and the interior of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness.  A short side trail south of John Pond leads to the small grave site of two young children who died from diphtheria in 1897.

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More information at NYSDEC website


Location: Wilderness Ln, Indian Lake
Parking and Directions:

locationTake the Northway to exit 23. Turn west off the exit and then right onto Route 9 North for 4.2 miles. Turn left onto NY28 for 31.2 miles. Turn left onto Chamberlain Rd for 2.1 miles.  Turn left onto Big Brook Rd for 1 mile.  Turn left onto Starbuck Rd for 0.4 mile.  Continue straight onto Lakeview Dr until it dead ends into Wilderness Ln.  The north trailhead is right at the T intersection.  For the south trailhead, turn right on Wilderness Ln.  There is a small snowplow turnaround at the dead end where you can park, or turn left and continue on the one lane forest road for 0.1 mile to a small grass lot and the trail register.
Google Maps directions
Trailhead Coordinates:  -74 13.26 43 44.02



Things to Do Nearby: fish, camp in the lean-to or one of several other primitive campsites in the area, or extend your hike by continuing on the John Pond Crossover Trail into the Siamese Ponds Wilderness.