How to get there

From Exit 29 off of Interstate 87, follow Blue Ridge Road toward North Hudson, take a left onto state Route 9 and follow it north. Continue for 2.5 miles and turn right onto Caza Turn Road, then take the next right onto Ensign Pond Road. Follow Ensign Pond Road for about 2.5 miles to the trailhead on the right. There is limited parking and a fairly obscure trail, with only a small sign marking it.

Trail Description

This is a very enjoyable half-mile hike to a pond that's easy to fall in love with. With minimal effort and only a slight climb, the trail passes a small, attractive waterfall before it reaches the north end of Challis Pond. Fisherman paths lead around the pond in both directions, so have fun with it. A nice family picnic might be in order here.

Elevation Gain


Distance Round Trip

1.2 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip

Family with Young Kids: 1 to 1.5 hours

Experienced Hiker: 1 to 1.5 hours

Inexperienced Hiker: 1 to 1.5 hours