This hike requires a sense of adventure and a willingness for muddy feet. While the trail is not much more than a herdpath in places and requires a bit of bushwhacking, it is well-marked as it winds its way through hemlock and hardwood forest and along a babbling mountain brook. Hikers are likely to be rewarded with a view of a pair of loons on the peaceful (but not round) Round Pond at trail’s end. Those who sit quietly on the shore may also catch a glimpse of a hardworking beaver transporting building materials to the nearby lodge. The pond is a good spot to fish for brook trout, and those desiring a longer hike may wish to continue on to nearby Mud Pond.
Location: Maxam Rd, Thurman
Parking and Directions:
Take the Northway to Exit 23. Turn west and then right onto Route 9
for 4.2 miles. Turn left onto NY-28 S for 10.7 miles. Turn left onto NY-8
S for 1.8 miles. Turn left onto Garnet Lake Rd and continue for 6.3 miles.
Turn right onto Garnet Lake Rd. Stay to the right of the Closed Road
sign and go over the one lane bridge. Turn left at the lake and continue
for another mile or so to the trailhead and parking on the left, just before the gate.
Google Maps directions
Trailhead Coordinates: -73 1.24 43 31.76
Things to Do Nearby: Round Pond trailhead is located directly across from a hand carry boat launch onto gorgeous Garnet Lake, a great place for a paddle with about six miles of shoreline. Primitive campsites along the lake allow for an overnight stay, and the Lizard Pond trailhead can be reached via boat across the lake.