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Old 09-03-2020, 02:28 PM   #21
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Its a good and enjoyable hike from the river to Sand Lake. First half is easy, some bushwhack on the second half. Please do not make the "trail" any more evident than it already is as a remote backwoods route, especially not with flagging.

You can try to call the Lewis County based rangers in Region 6. Luke Evans would be my first choice to try, Then Marty Candee. Find their phone numbers here:
https://www.dec.ny.gov/about/667.html#Region_6
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Old 09-03-2020, 02:52 PM   #22
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Its been a few years, but if you can drive the rutted road from Bear Pond to the Yellow road block, park off road and decend to the river. You'll need boots. With a map and compass you will find Rock Lake and circle around to the trail over the Sand Lake esker. Wet area but fun. You could hike into the leanto in about 6 hours.
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Old 09-04-2020, 10:58 PM   #23
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I went in to the Five Ponds this way last year. You can get all the way to the Sand Lake Lean-to via established trails and a herd path, but the herd path part itself is not super well-traveled nor well maintained. Expert map and compass skills are a must.

The road (at least as far as the access trail across the river to Brindle and Grassy Ponds) was in decent shape last year. A few potholes and rocks to watch out for here and there, but as long as you didn't go too fast there were no issues even with a 2WD vehicle.
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