Middle Settlement Lake

Thendara, New York

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This peaceful forest walk passes a large pond en route to a remote, scenic lake with both a primitive campsite and a lean-to on its northern and western shores. Middle Settlement Lake is located in the middle of the 26,528-acre Ha-de-ron-dah Wilderness, the westernmost wilderness area in the Adirondack Park. Ha-de-ron-dah is another version of the native word “bark eater,” from which the name “Adirondack” is derived. The Ha-de-ron-dah Wilderness is part of a larger 210,000-acre piece of land known as John Brown’s Tract. There were two John Browns of historical significance in the Adirondacks: the abolitionist who lived and was eventually buried near Lake Placid, and the millionaire John Brown of Providence, Rhode Island, for whom Brown University is named.
Hiking the Adirondacks: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Hiking Adventures

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Hiking the Adirondacks: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Hiking Adventures

by Lisa Densmore Ballard (Falcon Guides)

This peaceful forest walk passes a large pond en route to a
remote, scenic lake with both a primitive campsite and a lean-to on its northern and western shores. Middle Settlement Lake is located in the middle of the 26,528-acre Ha-de-ron-dah Wilderness, the westernmost wilderness area in the Adirondack Park. Ha-de-ron-dah is another version of the native word “bark eater,” from which the name “Adirondack” is derived.

The Ha-de-ron-dah Wilderness is part of a larger 210,000-acre piece of land known as John Brown’s Tract. There were two John Browns of historical significance in the Adirondacks: the abolitionist who lived and was eventually buried near Lake
Placid, and the millionaire John Brown of Providence, Rhode Island, for whom Brown University is named.

© 2017 Lisa Densmore Ballard/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Thendara
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 254 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Nat Geo Trails Illustrated Map: Old Forge, Oswegatchie: Adirondack Park
Local Maps: Nat Geo TOPO! Map (USGS): Thendara
Driving Directions: Directions to Middle Settlement Lake

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May 2018