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Old 06-04-2009, 09:49 PM   #1
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Nice place to hike near Inlet, NY

My wife and I will be staying at eighth lake campground next weekend. We are looking for a nice trail (about 5 miles round trip if not a little shorter). We will have our dog. I am not sure if there is anything in that campground or if we need to drive to Inlet or somewhere. Thanks!

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Old 06-04-2009, 10:00 PM   #2
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My wife and I will be staying at eighth lake campground next weekend. We are looking for a nice trail (about 5 miles round trip if not a little shorter). We will have our dog. I am not sure if there is anything in that campground or if we need to drive to Inlet or somewhere. Thanks!

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Miles and miles, any length you like. There's a trailhead right there on the western side of the campground. Head toward Bug Lake and Black Bear Mtn on wide well marked interesting trails, or take a nice stroll along the NW shore of 7th lake.
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:05 PM   #3
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Why thank you! I noticed that after I looked at this map. I was not certain what was over where. Where can I find a trail map? I'm still waiting to get my Garmin Topo's for my 60CXs

http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/permits_e...ighthLake1.pdf
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:14 PM   #4
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Why thank you! I noticed that after I looked at this map. I was not certain what was over where. Where can I find a trail map? I'm still waiting to get my Garmin Topo's for my 60CXs

http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/permits_e...ighthLake1.pdf
There's really no need for a gps on these trails. Just pick up or download a topo map (the trails are shown on the topo), take a compass, watch and enjoy the landscape, and pay attention to where the trails take you.
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:17 PM   #5
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:53 PM   #6
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cascade lake has a nice trail into it with plenty of room for a dog....
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:09 PM   #7
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bubb and sis lake is a nice easy walk... mostly. a little less than 5 miles though... more like 3.5 if i remember right.
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:21 PM   #8
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More good ideas. It looks like I should just stop at the visitors center in inlet and pick up a map/guide book
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Old 06-05-2009, 08:55 AM   #9
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Just south of Inlet there's a relatively short trail to a minor summit with rock ledges and nice views (Black Bear Mtn, I think ??). If memory serves, it's of the length you mention. Nice little hike -- we did it while attending Paddlefest a few years ago, when it was still held in Inlet. Unfortunately the black flies were brutal, so it might be only a 1 or 2 mile round trip...just seemed longer.
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:45 AM   #10
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There is a series of five maps that give a pretty good idea of the trails in the park. The 'West-Central Wilderness Map' will cover the area from Old Forge to Blue Mountain Lake. They are $5 each and can be picked up at the hardware store in Inlet.
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Old 06-05-2009, 12:39 PM   #11
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cascade lake has a nice waterfall at the far end of the lake as well
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Old 06-05-2009, 02:10 PM   #12
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Bald Mountain, just North of Old Forge, on RT 28 is another hike with real nice views of the various lakes in the area. Also has a fire tower on the summit. Easy hike up. Only a couple of miles one way I think.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:41 PM   #13
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Ferd's Bog

Ferd's bog in Inlet is a great place for birdwatching. You are also not too far from Blue Mtn. and Castle Rock.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:44 PM   #14
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Old 06-08-2009, 12:11 AM   #15
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http://www.inletny.com/downloads/Hiking.pdf

here is a map
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:23 PM   #16
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Thank you!!! I actually tried to look at that map last weekend and the link was broken. I forgot to check it again!

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Old 06-09-2009, 06:32 AM   #17
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There is a trailhead just south of Inlet for Rocky Mountain.Probably the same one PARidgerunner mentioned.It's less than a half hour to the summit.Black Bear can also be reached from this trailhead.I did Bald,Black Bear, and Rocky a few years ago on the same day and still had lots of daytime left.The trail from Eighth lake to Black Bear is excellent but it's about 8 miles round trip to the summit of Black Bear. That's a little longer than you are looking for but it is easy walking.The views are awesome and the summit is large and open.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:22 PM   #18
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Just south of Inlet there's a relatively short trail to a minor summit with rock ledges and nice views (Black Bear Mtn, I think ??). If memory serves, it's of the length you mention. Nice little hike -- we did it while attending Paddlefest a few years ago, when it was still held in Inlet. Unfortunately the black flies were brutal, so it might be only a 1 or 2 mile round trip...just seemed longer.

My GPS showed Black Bear Mtn. as 4.5 mile round trip, up the bug lake trail.

That is 4.5 miles round trip from the Uncas Rd Trail head.
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Bald Mountain, just North of Old Forge, on RT 28 is another hike with real nice views of the various lakes in the area. Also has a fire tower on the summit. Easy hike up. Only a couple of miles one way I think.
heading there June 24th weather-permitting! Looncry
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heading there June 24th weather-permitting! Looncry

i think its less than a mile and about a 600-700 vertical climb one way...a real easy hike that takes about 30-45 minutes at a relaxed pace.....there are always tons of people up there midday so if you dont like crowds go real early or better yet do what we have done and do a midnight climb up there....
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