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Wolf Lakes Loop


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This 5.4 mile loop hike in Wolf Lake State Forest is a popular hike. Wolf Lake State Forest is a very beautiful place, especially in the fall and this hike is a fairly easy hike.  This hike takes you to the three scenic lakes in the state forest.  This is one of those must do hikes in Central New York.  There are some pictures below from our hike in 2007.

Directions:  From Syracuse (2 hours), I-81 North to EXIT 48, NY 342 EAST to US 11 NORTH to village of Gouverneur.  Turn right on NY 58 South.  NY 58 South for ten miles, then left on Talcville Rd, go over steel platform bridge then left on Ames Rd.  Ames Rd becomes a seasonal dirt road.  Follow it until the second parking area, which is at the dead end sign.

Wolf Lake

Lean to on Moon Lake

Huckleberry Lake

Mile Elevation Description
0.0 706 feet

Park at end of Ames Rd.  Head back down Ames Road to other trailhead.

0.3 701 feet

Reach other trailhead.  Turn left on Talcville to Moon Lake Trail and follow the blue DEC plastic discs.  There is a DEC sign at the trailhead.

1.8 819 feet

Trail register. 

1.9 821 feet

Reach the junction of a yellow trail on the left.  Turn right and continue to follow the blue discs.  That is Moon Lake in front of you.

2.25 797 feet

Wolf Lake Lean-to.  Path to the lake right in front.  Great rocks to enjoy the view.  Turn around and follow blue discs back to Moon Lake.

2.6 821 feet

Keep straight on Moon Lake to Huckleberry Lake Trail and follow the yellow discs.

2.9 816 feet

Moon Lake Lean-to side trail on right, Moon Lake to Huckleberry Lake Trail (yellow trail) turns left.

3.8 750 feet

Side trail to right to first views of Huckleberry Lake.

4.1 752 feet

Huckleberry Lake Lean-To.

4.4 785 feet

Trail turns left away from lake.

4.8 749 feet

Beaver Pond

5.0 759 feet

Trail Register

5.2 797 feet

Descend toward trailhead.

5.4 706 feet

Reach trailhead/parking area and your vehicle.


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