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Ha-De-Ron-DahWilderness

Blackfoot
Pond

 

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Blackfoot Pond is located in the more remote northern section of the 26,600 acre Ha-de-ron-dah Wilderness, which is located in the western foothills of the Adirondacks. The wilderness is located just west of the popular tourist destination of Old Forge. The remote setting of this pond keeps away many hikers, as well as the blowdown and lack of any good camping spots. This is usually a side trip for backpackers who have hiked to East Pond. The trailhead is easily accessed off NY 28, even in the winter.

The main route to reach Blackfoot Pond is from a trailhead that is off a side dirt road from NY 28. From the south/west or coming from McKeever, turn left just prior to the Adirondack Railroad bridge over NY 28 onto Herreshoff Road. If you are driving from the north/east or coming from Old Forge on NY 28, turn right just after going under the Adirondack Railroad Bridge onto Herreshoff Road. Take the road to the end where there is a good size parking area. The road is plowed in the winter, allowing winter access into the wilderness. The GPS coordinates of the parking area is N43 42.396 W75 00.103 for those who have a GPS devise.

Follow the gated road past the State Land Access sign that will lead to another gate and trail register in 0.4 miles at the boundary of the Ha-de-ron-dah Wilderness. You are following the blue marked Big Otter Lake Trail (#69 on map below), which was once a formerly a forest access road that was open to motor vehicles. After 1.0 miles of hiking from the parking area you reach an open area around Indian Brook. In another 0.5 miles you'll reach the junction of the yellow marked East Pond Trail (#71 on map below) on your right. Turn right onto the yellow marked trail.

The trail to East Pond can be hard to follow at times. After 0.3 miles you will be crossing along the edge of vly before crossing one of the branches of South Inlet. This is a true wilderness trail, a thin path through the forest. in another 0.5 miles you'll cross another branch of South Inlet on a log bridge. In another 0.9 miles you will pass a vly on your right and in 0.3 miles you'll cross another branch of South Inlet, which happens to be the outlet of Little Simon Pond.

Soon you'll have views of the small pond on your right. In 0.5 miles you reach a trail junction. The East Pond Trail stays straight here. The trail to Lost Creek-Big Otter Lake goes left. This blue marked trail is known as the Lost Creek-East Pond Link Trail. In 0.2 miles you reach the junction of the red marked Blackfoot Pond Trail on the right. Turn onto the red marked trail. Stay on the East Pond Trail as a short side trip to see the pond. You'll soon pass a campsite. The trail will pass the site of an old lean to before ending at beautiful view on a ledge at the shore of East Pond.

Back to the Blackfoot Pond Trail: You are following an old logging road as you make your way toward the pond. After 0.7 miles you cross one of the inlets to the pond. The trail barely goes near this narrow pond. The faint trail ends in another 0.3 miles. The view isn't the best in the Adirondacks, barely worth the side trip from East Pond and definetly not worth a long hike just to see this spot.

This is a one way hike of 5.3 miles from the Thendara Trailhead. The hiking trails in the northern section of this wilderness receive very little, if any, trail maintanence. Expect blowdowns, bridges in bad shape and a true remote wilderness experience if you decide to attempt this hike. Look below for a few maps of this remote destination in the Ha-de-ron-dah Wilderness. 

 

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