Friday, August 2, 2019

Featured Hike: Murphy Lake in Wilcox Lake Wild Forest

murphy middle bennet trail map The trail is part of a network of 92 miles of trails in the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest. The trail is also a designated route along the more than 550-mile Adirondack Trail Ride, a solo, self-supported bike-packing adventure through the Adirondack Mountains.

DEC recently rehabilitated a 250-foot stretch of the Murphy-Middle-Bennett trail. The 6.8-mile trail accesses Bennett Lake, Middle Lake and Murphy Lake, all which feature primitive camping opportunities along the trail. There is also a lean-to at Murphy Lake.

On the northern end of the trail, users can connect with the Coulombe Creek Trail, the Willis-Wilcox Trail, and the East Stony Creek Trail. The trail can be accessed from Creek Road Parking Area in Hope.

Murphy Middle Bennett trail rehab

Wilcox Lake Wild Forest, located in the southeastern Adirondacks, is comprised of approximately 125,000 acres of Adirondack Forest Preserve lands in Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, and Warren counties.

There are 92 miles of marked trails, 63 primitive campsites, and four lean-tos available for recreational opportunities in the wild forest.

User are encouraged to practice Leave No Trace principles when recreating in the Adirondacks to enjoy the outdoors responsibly and minimize impact on natural resources.

Creek Road Parking Area provides access to the campsites and lean-tos on Bennett Lake, Middle Lake and Murphy Lake. (43.30184°N, 74.19966°W)

Map of Murphy-Middle-Bennett trail courtesy Adirondack Atlas, photo of rehabilitated Murphy Middle Bennett trail courtesy DEC.

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One Response

  1. Justin Farrell says:

    Good ol’ Murphy, and his brothers Middle & Bennett. Many great memories, been there many times as a young kid & carried lots trash out over the years since, including last fall. Great to see improvements are being made, and hopefully this article will help to improve that.

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