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Hiking in Adirondack Park
Blue Mountain Wild Forest
This yellow marked trail starts from the popular Blue Mountain trailhead off NY 28/NY 30 and runs three miles to the Northville-Placid Trail then another 0.3 miles to the Tirrell Pond Lean To. Most visitors to this trailhead are heading up to the fire tower on Blue Mountain so odds are good that you might have this trail to yourself. The GPS coordinates of the parking area is N43 52.506 W74 25.886.
From the north end of the parking area, the trail starts off on an old logging road but soon veers right. There is a bit of a climb in the beginning of the hike. The trail follows the side of Blue Mountain. After crossing the Hudson-St Lawrence River Divide at an elevation of 2361 feet, the trail descends on its way toward the Northville-Placid Trail.
At 3.0 miles reach the famous Northville-Placid Trail. The Tirrell Pond Trail ends at this junction. To the left the N-P goes 9.6 miles north to Long Lake. Turn right here and head 0.3 miles south to the junction of a yellow marked trail that leads to the Tirrell Pond Lean To. Tirrell Pond is a very scenic location. The N-P Trail continues south along the west shore of the pond and just over 1.1 miles is the new O'Neil Flow Lean To for those looking to explore more.
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