Blue Mountain Lake and Hemlock Pond Loop

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Blue Mountain Lake - Photo by Daniel Chazin Blue Mountain Lake - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike circles Blue Mountain Lake, passes scenic Hemlock Pond, and climbs to a rocky viewpoint over the Poconos, following old roads for most of the way.

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This hike loops around two scenic lakes – Blue Mountain Lake and Hemlock Pond. Blue Mountain Lake, situated close to the parking area, is heavily used in summer months, as swimming is permitted (swimming is allowed in natural bodies of water in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area even if lifeguards are not present), while the beautiful but remote Hemlock Pond is much less visited....

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Trip Reports

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April 09, 2019
Trail description is accurate...
But there are lots of side trails that can be confusing. This is definitely a hike worth having Avenza maps. Even with Avenza, I ended up on one of the parallel woods roads. . . . I recommend adding of the loop around Crater Lake - very pretty. But there's one small cliff/rock scramble that raises the difficulty level.
June 29, 2017
Good hike, but directions and trail are confusing
I just did this hike today and wound up lost on my way to Indian Rocks. A quick not to future hikers: When it says "turn right onto the main path" make sure youre going AWAY from hemlock pond, in a southeast-ish direction. If you hit a T intersection where the wand directs the trail to the right, YOU ARE GOING THE WRONG WAY. The trail is very defined but it wouldn't hurt to add more blazes and maybe get some different colored trails in the park. I might send an email to the NPS about this.
November 18, 2011
Storm Damage closes Old Mine Road
<p>Access to this hike is not available at present. Check for the latest information.</p>
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