Sunday, September 6, 2020

Appalachian Trail at Fahnestock Park and Hidden Lake

Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park
Putnam Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Appalachian Trail: White blaze
3 Lakes Trail: Blue blaze

Total Time: 1:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.9 Miles

Pros: Very quiet and peaceful area
Cons: No views

Google Maps of Parking:

Furthering my northern reaches of the Appalachian Trail in my area, I opted for this hike in Fahnestock State Park. This was a very quiet area of the park with few landmarks and no views. Nevertheless it was very scenic and tranquil.

I parked on Sunken Mine Road near the Appalachian Trail intersection. Sunken Mine Road is a seasonal dirt road that is rough, narrow, and curvy. I took the Appalachian Trail north at the pond, climbing up a ridge alongside the valley, until reaching the 3 Lakes Trail. I then took the 3 Lakes Trail south, past Hidden Lake, and then cut across the path near John Allen Pond to the Hamilton Mine. I then walked for a short distance on Sunken Mine Road back to my car.

Map of the Route
Appalachian Trail Marker at the Beginning of the Hike

Natural Beaver Dam at the Outlet of the Pond

Another View of the Dam and Lake

Large Black Rat Snake I Encountered on the Appalachian Trail

Rock Pile at the Intersection of the Appalachian Trail and 3 Ponds Trail

Hidden Lake from the 3 Lakes Trail

Me at Hidden Lake

Hamilton Mine Main Adit ith Timbers Still Present

Another View of the Hamilton Mine

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