Horse Pond Mountain Loop

Long Pond Ironworks State Park

Monksville Reservoir from Long Pond Mountain - Photo by Daniel Chazin Monksville Reservoir from Long Pond Mountain - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This lollipop-loop hike climbs to the summit of Horse Pond Mountain, with panoramic views over the Monksville Reservoir.

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From the parking area, proceed east for about 200 feet along the south side of Greenwood Lake Turnpike. Just after crossing the highway bridge over Hewitt Brook, you will see the trailhead of the blue-blazed Hewitt-Butler Trail, marked by a triple blaze on a tree. There is also a double (turn) teal diamond blaze for the Highlands Trail. Follow the joint Hewitt-Butler/Highlands Trail, which...

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October 26, 2017
One nice view but...
The view on the lake, about halfway through the hike, is pretty amazing. However, there are so few people on this hike (I did not see anyone even though I did it on a Sunday in August), that the whole way up and then down is full of spider webs, including at head level, which is not very pleasant.
Marie from France
April 24, 2017
Nice hike, incredible view
The parking lot was barricaded, no idea why - but I parked on the side of the road right next to the trailhead. The trail is well marked and the description is completely accurate. The horseshoe viewpoint is the halfway mark - it's a gradual somewhat steep climb, and very worth it. The rest of the hike is nice, scenic woods, a few streams as noted but the only viewpoint is the one above. The description said 6 miles, I used 2 different apps to measure. MapMyFitness came out at 8.5 miles and Avenza Maps came out at 10.7 so who knows how long it is! It took me 4 hrs and I hung out for a bit at the viewpoint.
August 25, 2015
There are "No Parking" signs and barricades at the parking area
  Initially, I was having difficulty posting comments here... I did the hike on July 19, 2015  but had to park another 0.1 mile up the road to a pull-out.  I don't know if it's legal to park there.  I didn't see any No Parking signs at this place (also on the left side of the road), just some "No Trespassing" signs in the woods.  I drove up East Shore Drive and back down Greenwood Lake Turnpike and didn't see any other parking options.    Opposite the parking area described above, at the end of East Shore Drive, there a little manicured area (maybe a memorial park - I didn't check it out). You might be able to park there.  I didn't seen any "No Parking" signs.  From the place I parked (0.1 mi further up Greenwood Lake Turnpike), there's not much of a shoulder for walking back to the trailhead.
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