Appalachian Trail/Blue Trail (Clear Lake) Loop from...

Fahnestock State Park [Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park]

Clear Lake from the viewpoint on the Blue Trail in Fahnestock State Park - Photo by Daniel Chazin Clear Lake from the viewpoint on the Blue Trail in Fahnestock State Park - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike follows an historic mine railbed and traverses several interesting ridges with views.

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From the parking area, walk back (southwest) along Route 301 for about 500 feet. When the guardrail on the left side of the road ends, turn left and follow a footpath, marked with the white blazes of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), that leads downhill. The trail bears right and continues on a path built into the side of a hill. This was the route of a narrow-gauge railroad, built in 1873 to...

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February 01, 2012
Clear lake loop - no dogs allowed in scout camp
<P>I have done this hike several times with my dogs and also gone exploring on the trails inside the scout camp boundaries that connect to the Wiccopee Reservoir trail and then to the Peekskill Hollow MU heading north past Stillwater and ending up near Pelton Pond (also no dogs).&nbsp; The Rangers in Fahnestock tend to be much more strict about the no dogs around Pelton than anyone in the scout camp.&nbsp; I have met camp employees who instead of yelling at me, played with the dogs and said as long as they are leashed it's all good.&nbsp; I never understood this no dogs business anyway.</P>
January 17, 2012
<P>Dogs (if on leash) are allowed in Fahnestock State Park.&nbsp; However, posted signs do indicate that dogs are not allpwed in Clear Lake (Durland) Scout Reservation, which is traversed by the Blue Trail which forms a part of this hike.&nbsp; The hike description has been changed to make it clear that dogs are not allowed if one intends to complete the hike as written.</P>
Daniel Chazin
January 16, 2012
No dogs
Note that dogs aren't allowed. We tried this loop with our dogs today, and as we reached the start of the Blue Trail, there were multiple huge signs saying that hikers are allowed, but no pets. We ended up returning the same we came.
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