Alder Lake Loop Professional Reviews and Guides
"Once you manage to find the trailhead among the secluded back roads of the western Catskills, this snowshoe route is one of the easiest and most scenic in the region. It traces a loop around a man-made lake that was part of the Coykendall Estate. Except for the initial climb up to the lodge, this route contains no significant ups or downs. There is room for several cars to park beside Alder Creek Road, where a sign marks access to the Forest Preserve. The hike begins along the unplowed access road, which climbs only 100 feet along the side of the hill to a large clearing. Here you will find the foundations of several buildings and the summer trailhead just beyond."
--Bill Ingersoll, Snowshoe Routes: Adirondacks & Catskills (The Mountaineers Books).
"The toughest part of this trip is getting to the trailhead. If your car can manage the rutted, country back roads that lead to the gate near secluded Alder Lake, you can breathe a sign of relief. The hike around the lake is the easy part! What a delightful place to spend an afternoon—or a weekend! Begin near the old, abandoned mansion that once offered lodging to visiting city folks and work your way around the lake, passing frequent campsites and access points to the water. Along the northern shore, the kids have many opportunities to visit the water and search for newts and frogs, whirligig beetles and water striders. Though the trail is somewhat indistinct in places, you won’t get lost if you remember to keep the water on your left."
--Cynthia Copeland & Thomas Lewis, Best Hikes with Children in the Catskills & Hudson River Valley (The Mountaineers Books).
Sign in/up to upload photos.