Hike Reviews

February 26, 2016
Bridge of Stony Brook
Bridge is still out, however, you can just continue along the yellow trail which eventually merges with the red trail and ends up at the Reeves Meadow Parking lot.  From there, it's an easy half mile walk up Seven Lakes Drive (make a right out of the Reeves Meadow Parking lot) back to your car in the cul-de-sac where you parked to start the hike.  Follow Seven Lakes Drive up about .5 miles to the pipeline and make a left and follow the pipeline cut out (steep descent) right to your car in the cul-de-sac.  You don't need to cross any streams or creeks.  Another tip - when you reach the intersection of the White Bar and TMI trail at the beginning of your hike, it's an easy detour to just continue on the White Bar for 1/10th of a mile to check out the Dutch Doctor shelter and then backtrack to TMI and continue as originally planned.
August 28, 2014
Bridge has not yet been replaced
Daniel Chazin
The Kakiat Trail bridge over Stony Brook has not yet been replaced.  My understanding is that the Park has not yet authorized the Trail Conference to build a new bridge for the Kakiat Trail, and it also has not yet determined the exact location of the new bridge.  Until agreement has been reached on the location of the bridge and the Trail Conference has been authorized to build it, work on its replacement cannot proceed.
August 28, 2014
Has the bridge been replaced?
Or is there a place nearby that is possible to cross the stream? 
April 05, 2014
Thank you for the detailed
Thank you for the detailed reply. If they do allow the trail conference to build it,  feel free to contace me if you need labor help.
March 18, 2014
Kakiat Trail Bridge over Stony Brook
In reply to the March 15th comment: and valid concern: The situation with this bridge remains as it was before: the Trail Conference has not been allowed to replace the washed-out bridge.  The park was to replace it themselves.  An intent was to find a more suitable and more permanent location for the bridge, but to date no such location has been identified.  Although replacing the bridge has been discussed with the park a number of times, we will bring the issue to the attention of park authorities again in the near future.  Possibly there will be by now some modification of the decision.  Following the spring water run-off would seem an ideal time for doing so.  The lack of this bridge certainly eliminates use of this good and useful trail connection.  The water at this location never seems to get sufficiently low during the year that crossing would be safe or practical without a bridge. The situation for replacement of the Hillburn-Torne-Sebago bridge is similar, except the location is essentially detemined, within a few yards of its most prior location.  The park did begin to locate tree trunks for this bridge but other demands brought a halt to the work.  If we are allowed to replace these bridges we may make a call for futher volunteers or funding for materials.
March 15, 2014
Let's build the bridge!
I was thinking about doing this hike today until I read that the bridge is out. If possible, maybe we can get some volunteers (myself included) to rebuild the bridge and some of the other bridges that are worn down. The weather's getting better and now's the time to get this done. If we wait for the state to fix it, we'll be waiting a few more years. Any info from the trail conference on this would be appreciated.  
January 31, 2014
Bridge still out
The second bridge is still completely out and crossing without it is very difficult indeed. 
September 20, 2013
Bridge still out
We hiked this trail on 9/17/2013.  The bridge is still out, and like previous threads, we ended up continuing on the yellow blaze trail to the visitor center, and then hiked the two miles to where our car was parked.  Also, the T-MI trail intersection is poorly marked as stated above. We could not find the continuation of this trail even after bushwacking for over 30 minutes.  Instead we continued on the White Bar trail, and then followed an orange triangle trail which veered off to the right as the White Bar trail curved to the left.  This trail took us to the lake.  We then followed the lake via a path along the shore line and eventually met up with the route at the dam.  While traveling along the lake shoreline we came upon a camp, and the curator was the individual responsible for trail maintenance.  I informed him about the lack of markings for the T-MI trail.  This should be resolved.
November 27, 2012
Footbridge over Stony Brook has not yet been replaced
Daniel Chazin
The footbridge that carries the Kakiat Trail over Stony Brook was washed away by Hurricane Irene in August 2011.  The Park has assumed the responsibility for replacing this bridge, but as of February 2014, it has not been rebuilt.  It is not practical to cross Stony Brook at this location in the absence of the footbridge, so, at present, the hike cannot be completed as described above.
October 20, 2012
Warning: bridge completely gone
Update :  the second bridge over the Stony Brook is now completely gone. We were unable to cross over to the white-blazed Kakiat trail and had to take the yellow trail back to a different parking lot (at the visitor's center) and then hitch a ride to our car (it is another 3 or so miles if you want to walk back to the car). Advice: do not do this hike until the bridge is replaced/repaired. We actually attempted to take off our shoes and walk across the brook but the water was high and moving very fast so we abandoned that plan.
June 26, 2012
Plesant and easy hike; Make sure you watch well for the markings
Dan, thanks for the note about the Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy Trail (red-dash-on-white blazes). We initially missed it but quickly realized to trace our steps back and look for it. As of June 2012, the second footbridge over Stony Brook is still washed out (not existent at all). It certainly can be a little tricky to cross the brook if you are with small children or dogs. Overall, we found the hike not so well marked compared to some of the other hikes that we have taken starting from the Reeves Meadow Visitor Center - it might be just because for a big portion of the hike you need to follow white painted-on-the-trees markers, rather than some other more vibrant color blazes.
September 30, 2011
Hurricane Irene Damage
The Kakiat Trail bridge over Stony Brook has been washed out.
March 29, 2011
Picture of damaged bridge
Phil McLewin

I passed by this point on March 28 [it is about 15 minutes from the Reeves Meadow Visitor Center following the "red dot" to "yellow" paths from the parking area along Stony Brook.]

As can be seen from this photo, the damage could prove to be an obstacle for hikers with dogs or children, or for seniors.  I didn't measure the height of the remaining structure, but it is probably 7 to 8 feet tall, and the exposed footing more treacherous than the picture shows. 

For the time being, if you can't climb to the remaining structure of the bridge there is no viable walk around to complete the loop hike.

March 24, 2011
Kakiat Trail bridge over Stony Brook is partially washed out
Did this hike on 3/20. The second footbridge over Stony Brook was partially washed out.
January 06, 2011
Sebago Stony Brook hike
Nice write-up Dan. Donald Hecht

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