Castle Rock

Blue Mountain Lake, New York

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From a glance at a map, this trail looks deceptively uninteresting, but it has a lot to keep your interest. The analogy to a castle is well founded, and those with active imaginations will find themselves naming gates, turrets, and other structures while exploring the area. As a short loop, it provides a refreshing change from the innumerable out-and-backs typical of summits and other trails in the park. The parking area is a small pulloff near the Minnowbrook Conference Center. The trail register is just up the road within sight of the sandy parking area. However, the trail does not begin until a little more than 0.3 mile down the road.

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"From a glance at a map, this trail looks deceptively uninteresting, but it has a lot to keep your interest. The analogy to a castle is well founded, and those with active imaginations will find themselves naming gates, turrets, and other structures while exploring the area. As a short loop, it provides a refreshing change from the innumerable out-and-backs typical of summits and other trails in the park.

The parking area is a small pulloff near the Minnowbrook Conference Center. The trail register is just up the road within sight of the sandy parking area. However, the trail does not begin until a little more than 0.3 mile down the road."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Blue Mountain Lake
Distance: 3.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 550 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,880 feet
Top Elevation: 2,430 feet
Features: Views
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Central and Southern Adirondack trail information www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9200.html
Local Maps: National Geographic Adirondack Park, Northville/Raquette Lake (#744)

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Jun 2018