Horse Pond Mountain Loop

Long Pond Ironworks State Park

Monksville Reservoir from Long Pond Mountain - Photo by Daniel Chazin Monksville Reservoir from Long Pond Mountain - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This lollipop-loop hike climbs to the summit of Horse Pond Mountain, with panoramic views over the Monksville Reservoir.

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From the parking area, proceed east for about 200 feet along the south side of Greenwood Lake Turnpike. Just after crossing the highway bridge over Hewitt Brook, turn right onto the Highlands Trail (blazed with teal diamonds), which heads south into the woods and climbs to the top of a hill. Just beyond the crest, the trail joins a woods road which comes in from the left, and the trail...

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April 21, 2023
Hike description has been updated
Thanks for your comment, Kayla! As a result of your comment, I went back and redid the hike, which has now been completely updated to reflect the changed blaze colors and other changes along the trails.
Daniel Chazin
April 10, 2023
Blaze Changes
This is a wonderful hike - beautiful views. However, the blue blaze Hewitt-Butler trail no longer exists. You can easily follow this hike by following the teal blazed Highlands Trail to the green blazed Burnt Meadow loop. Since the Burnt Meadow Loop is in fact a loop, you can pick either direction. A portion of the green blazed burnt meadow loop follows the power line clearing and markers can be tricky to find in that section. Otherwise, this was a very enjoyable afternoon hike!
November 24, 2020
Hike description has been updated
The hike description has been updated to reflect the new blazing scheme mentioned in the comment below.
Daniel Chazin
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