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Moose River Plains Wild Forest


Mohegan Lake

 

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Mohegan Lake tends to get overlooked as a hiking destination.  This easy hike is worth exploring in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest of Adirondack Park.  This hike starts near the Great Camp Sagamore National Historic Landmark that was once the Vanderbilt's wilderness estate from 1901-1954.  The hike follows restricted roads used by a private club and a couple of private camps.  You could also have a nice bike ride to Mohegan Lake.  Or hike/bike.

This hike begins at the large DEC parking area off Sagamore Road.  The parking area is on the right across from some buildings of the Sagamore Camp.  From the parking area, walk back to Sagamore Road and turn right following the dirt road.  At 0.2 miles reach the end of Sagamore Road at the gate of the private Camp Kill Kare (do not enter) and the gate to Mohegan Lake Road.  Turn right, past the gate and follow Mohegan Lake Road.  It is for bikes and hikers to travel this restricted road.  There is no parking at this intersection.

The well maintained dirt road climbs as you pass the private "Met Wel Camp" on your right at 0.75 miles. At 1.6 miles reach a fork in the road and veer right (off the main road) onto Mohegan Lake Road.  The main road (left) leads to a private camp (the old summer home of JP Morgan) known as Camp Uncas on the lake.  The road isn't as nice, but it is still a private club road that you can hike or bike on.  There is a gate that you'll pass by.  The road now gently descends.

At 1.8 miles the trail passes by a large field on the right. As you continue on Mohegan Lake Road, at 2.1 miles there is a faint trail on your left with marked with red and blue tape that leads 0.1 miles to a primitive campsite on the lake.  At 2.4 miles reach an open area that from looking at old maps was once the intersection of the old Uncas Road.  The dirt road turns left here and soon descends to a bridge.  At 2.55 miles the trail crosses the bridge over the outlet of Mohegan Lake. 

At 2.6 miles a trail sign with an arrow marks a link hiking trail on the right that leads to the Old Uncas Road (which is a hiking/snowmobile trail).  The Mohegan Lake Road climbs briefly before leveling off.  At 3.3 miles Mohegan Lake comes back into view on the left.  The road never comes close to the lake so you'll have to bushwhack a very short distance to the tree lined shore to reach the lake.  It's a bit steep from the road to the lake and we did not see any campsite opportunities on this side of Mohegan Lake.

The view from this side of the lake is well worth the effort.  You may notice Camp Uncas on the other side.  There is a nice view of Wakely Mountain in the distance off to the right. If you decide to continue along the dirt road you'll reach a huge meadow on your left at 3.5 miles. 

The dirt road continues on to the Bear Pond Club property. Look below for a couple of pictures, a video and a trail map of this hike.

 

Veer right at this unmarked intersection for Mohegan Lake

Start of the restricted access Mohegan Lake Road

Bridge over Mohegan Lake Outlet

Mohegan Lake

 

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