Really enjoyed this hike! Took my 7 year old boy who is both fit and athletic. I think it was perfect for him, challenging enough to be interesting but not too much for him either. We are new to hiking and after getting a bit confused a couple of weeks ago on a hike at Pyramid Mountain (too many poorly marked trails) I decided to keep it simple stupid and took the blue trail up and back. Plus from the map it seemed to be shorter than the whole loop, though I am not sure if that was a correct assumption. Either way the trail was very well marked and I am sure the loop would have been easy to follow. The blue trail starts in a low land area with remnants of the last glaciation all around. Look for outwash formations called kames and eskers in this area. The trail then intersects with a cleared gas easement which you work your way up until the blue blaze trail continues off to the right. Up here there are several easy rock scrambles and some nice ridge areas with great views, good photo ops. I did not know what puddingstone was before I got there but it became obvious as to what everyone was reffering to as we hiked these ridge tops. There is one cool spot with 3 erratics sitting on this puddingstone ledge. There is a blue blaze marking on one of the boulders.
The pond itself is really beautiful. I live maybe a half hour away and I did not think there was anything like this in the area. The pond is set amongst cliffs that rise 100+ feet above it. My son and I stopped at a spot to stop just up from where the white trail picks up from the blue. It was a puddingstone rock ledge high above the pond where we had a snack before heading back. It was a perfect hike that I will definately do again, this time though I will do the whole loop. Saw several families as well as hikers with dogs. A must do hike if your in the area!