Fitzgerald Falls to Little Dam Lake Appalachian Trail

Bellvale, New York 10912

Fitzgerald Falls to Little Dam Lake Appalachian Trail

Fitzgerald Falls to Little Dam Lake (Appalachian Trail) Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Near the start of this exciting trek lies Fitzgerald Falls, a waterfall so dynamic that you may wonder what could possibly follow as an encore. Don’t worry: high drama is the norm for a wild stretch of trail that is generously peppered with rocky vistas and rugged gorges, in addition to a bayou boardwalk and romantic lake. Just remember to slip an extra apple into your day pack, because this hike requires plenty of stamina."

Fitzgerald Falls to Little Dam Lake (Appalachian Trail) Trip Reports

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7/5/2009
The entrance was hard to find. The trail is not marked at all. No signs. We came to a fork which was not indicated in any of the write ups nor the map. We obviously took the wrong fork. The trail became narrower about a mile in and we thought we would hit a major trail but it became worse and a dense rocky, heavily wooded area with the trail disappearing into thicker woods. Terrible trail. Don't go. There are many other trails that are well marked without any forks.
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6/14/2009
WATCH OUT: 100 yards before rusted bulldozer, there is a small rusted plough on the right-hand side of the trail and 10 yards further up a trail marked by white strings around trees on the left-had side. This is NOT the same White-blaze trail the trail description discusses. You should continue on at least 100 yard until you see a full-size rusted bulldozer on your right, then take the white-disc-blazed trail on yoru left to reach Lamb's Hill peak at 1,500 ft. Great trail all-in-all, would definitely do it again.
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5/30/2009
Great hike. Varied terrain with a pretty hefty ascent right off the bat. Once you're up, though, life gets much easier. Trail goes over rocks, through woods and provides some fabulous views. And all of a sudden there's the rusty old bulldozer... Definitely worth the trek.
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12/7/2008
Nice, straight forward hike. A couple of really great views along the way, especially the one from Lambs Hill of the Hudson Valley. Pretty steep to start, but then it's relatively level until you have the steep downhill. Pleasant and uncrowded, but nothing groundbreaking.
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7/21/2008
Great trail for most though we did it on an extremely hot day. We did come across a rattle snake about a foot off the trail so keep your eyes open and be careful where you step. We also came across what we are fairly sure was a coyote...very timid no need to fear. It was a rare day to see both (and as it happened at almost the same time). Not as many view points as the river side and it was tough finding the trail head (walk down the private road that says no access). All in all a good day and relatively short hike.
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5/14/2007
Nice scenery and surprising since trail begins in a suburban neighborhood. I'm a beginner, so the straight uphill 1500 ft. was difficult. My fault for not realizing how hard a moderate rated trail would be for me. For those with more experience, I'm sure it's a wonderful hike.
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3/12/2006
This trail has many great views. There is something gratifying about a 1,500 elevation gain conqured in just one mile. Even though there are many traces of man: a rock quarry, view of what looked like a prison, a rusty bulldozer to name a few; there are many views where one can't see these "features" of the hike and can feel a sense of isolation. We saw fish in the pond and enjoyed watching the birds while picnicing on Lamb Hill. There was a feeling of solitude on this hike; we only saw about 4 hikers the whole time. The trails were well marked so if you're up for the physical challenge of 1,500 foot elevation gain it's an OK trail for a novice hiker with some experience.
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Trail Information

Bellvale
Nearby City
11.2
Distance
2,618 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
6.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season

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