There is a small parking area off Ensign Pond Road (County Route 4) that is the trailhead for Hammond Pond, Bass Lake, Berrymill Flow and Moose Mountain Pond in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest. All four trails are great for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Moose Mountain pond has a lean-to which may be accessed from the Berry Mill Flow Trailhead via the Berry Mill Flow Trail and the Moose Mountain Pond Trail. Moose Mountain Pond and Bass Lake are stocked with brook trout for fishing as well.
Hammond Pond Trail follows an old road. It’s an easy 0.9 hike one way to a view of the pond near the old wooden dam of Black Brook. Easy hike with a minimal elevation gain and can be enjoyed by all ages.
Berrymill Flow Trail extends 1.4 miles and steadily ascends 145 feet from the trailhead to Berrymill Flow.
Moose Mountain Pond Trail extends 2.1 miles and ascends 245 feet from the end of the Berrymill Flow Trail to the north shore of Moose Mountain Pond and a lean-to. The trail follows old logging roads along a river with beaver activity and passes by a waterfall.
Bass Lake Trail extends 3.2 miles from the trailhead to the intersection of Berrymill Flow Trail and Moose Mountain Pond Trail passing along the southern shore of Bass Lake. The trail ascends 420 feet in the first 0.6 mile and then undulates over the next 2.1 miles before descending 170 feet in the last 0.5 mile
Trailhead: Located along Ensign Pond Road (County Route 4) off US Route 9.
Directions: I-87 to Exit 29, then US 9 North 2.4 miles to County Route 4 turning right. In 0.2 miles turn right onto Ensign Pond Road (still County Route 4). In 2.7 miles there will be a small parking area on the right a DEC sign.
Trailhead Coordinates: (43.9916°N, 73.6610°W)
Adirondack Atlas Map: https://adirondackatlas.org/?token=e57f00635b4b1cc58552effa4b92cd44
Featured Trails are recommended by DEC.
Photo: Hammond Pond Wild Forest trailhead, courtesy Roost/Kim Rielly.