A loop that circles three ponds with side trips to more. Beaver ponds and wide vistas. The side trail to Bass Lake (1.4 miles RT) features rock ledges, cliffs, and great fishing.
How to get there
Take Exit 29 off I-87 and follow Blue Ridge Road east toward North Hudson, then drive north on Route 9. Continue for 2.5 miles, turn right on county Route 4C, then turn right on Ensign Road. Follow Ensign Road for just over 2.5 miles to the trailhead on the right.
This route leads to two ponds and an open beaver meadow. From the parking area, take the right trail to Moose Mountain Pond, not the one for Hammond Pond — both trails are side-by-side, so be careful.
The path stays in a nice valley as you pass by Berrymill Hill and the attractive Berrymill Brook. It heads uphill slightly but never undergoes any major elevation change. At 1.7 miles you'll come to a trail junction. Turn right for Bass Lake and head left for Moose Mountain Pond.
Turning right leads 0.9 mi. to the east end of Bass Lake and its rock ledges, cliffs, and great fishing.
Turning left, you'll soon come to the grassy Berrymill Pond, which has a large bridge over its outlet. The trail remains easy as it goes through a hemlock forest. Its beauty will keep you occupied, and before you know it you are at your destination at 3.2 miles, with Bald and Owl Pate mountains towering over you and Moose Mountain joining in.
The trail continues along the shore to an attractive lean-to at 3.5 miles.
Distance round trip
Approximate time round trip
Family with young kids: 4 to 4.5 hours
Experienced hiker: 3 to 3.5 hours
Inexperienced hiker: 3.5 to 4 hours
Moose Mountain Pond and Bass Lake Trailhead: Going north from the town of North Hudson on NY Route 9, 2.5 miles to the Caza Turn Road (County Route 4, the Ensign Pond Road.) Travel 2.75 miles east of Route 9 on Caza Turn Road.
6 miles RT, Easy to Moderate Grades, Pond Trail