A ferny hike to Quick Lake in the Catskills

Quick Lake - Catskill Mountains - NY Travel Blog

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THIS is the trail! See the red trail blazer on the tree as proof!

It had been a really long time since I last visited my favorite Catskill Mountains. That would change today! There are still some  hikes open in my Catskills hike book. Time to go!

The hike I had selected is not in the high peaks region behind Kingston and Saugerties but in the more western Catskill section near Liberty and the semi ghost town of Parksville. The destination, Quick Lake, a really small lake about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles)  away from the trailhead. To be reached via a snow scooter trail.

This all is not what it seems. The lake is actually just 1.5 kilometer (1 mile) away from civilization  (a road) but inaccessible that way since one would have to hike over private properties. And the snow scooter trail makes it sound like an easy hike.

Quick Lake
Yet it was one of the most challenging I ever did. The latter for the fact that almost the whole trail is DENSILY grown with knee-high ferns. The trail is apparently not hiked often since I had to break myself a way through the ferns, mile-after-mile. At the end of the day the lower part of my pants were completely green.

I only saw one other hike party until, at another remote part of the hike I all of a sudden saw someone, who was apparently sitting down in the high ferns, standing op and look at me, about 40 yards/meters away. The person scared the hell out of me. Especially since the hiker had a really big and round head. Then I realized it was not a hiker, but a bear! Fortunately, the bear was also scared and ran.

After three hours of plowing through the ferns I reached Quick Lake, which is actually more of a swamp. After a rest at the pretty well maintained lean to I started for the way back uphill through the ferns, now having the benefit of the path I created myself. I changed the route slightly including Hodge Pond another scenic lake with nice views.

At the end of the day the count was: 6 hours and 24.5 kilometers (15.2 miles) of hiking, 1 deer, 1 bear, and millions of mosquitoes.

More pictures below!

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THIS is the trail! See the red tra…
THIS is the trail! See the red tr…
Quick Lake
Quick Lake
THIS is the trail! See the red tra…
THIS is the trail! See the red tr…
Quick Lake
Quick Lake
The Quick Lake Lean to
The Quick Lake Lean to
Quick Lake, spot the deer!
Quick Lake, spot the deer!
Quick Lake
Quick Lake
The trail used to be a road!
The trail used to be a road!
Hodge Pond is more a lake than Qui…
Hodge Pond is more a lake than Qu…
GPS Profile (rendered by GPSVisual…
GPS Profile (rendered by GPSVisua…
GPS Height Profile
GPS Height Profile
Quick Lake - Catskill Mountains - NY
photo by: mdalamers