This lightly used trail in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness in the Town of Johnsburg involves some mud and a bit of log scrambling and rock hopping, but the reward is a wild, pristine half mile pond at trail’s end. The trail is well-marked and mostly flat, with a couple of locations of moderate elevation change. The pond is a great spot to fish for brook trout (note that bait fish are not allowed), and a primitive campsite near the pond allows for making this half-day hike into an overnight adventure.
More information at NYSDEC website
Location: Chatiemac Rd, Johnsburg
Parking and Directions:
From the south, take the Northway to exit 23. Turn left off the exit and then right onto Route 9 for 4.2 miles. Turn left onto NY 28 for 10.7 miles. At Wevertown, turn left onto NY 8 for 4.4 miles. Turn right onto Chatiemac Rd, which is dirt, and continue to follow the road for 2.2 miles as it gains in elevation, to the marked trailhead on your right. There is a small lot with room for a few cars.
Google Maps directions
Trailhead Coordinates: -73 2.57 43 38.7
Things to Do Nearby: Visit a museum, do some shopping, catch the scenic train, or get a bite to eat in the hamlet of North Creek, which is 7 miles to the northeast via Peaceful Valley Road. Nearby Ski Bowl Park in North Creek offers a system of professionally designed mountain biking trails for all ability levels.