Mud Pond/Trout Pond Loop

Catskill Park

Trout Pond - Photo by Daniel Chazin Trout Pond - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike in the western Catskills climbs through a ravine to reach Mud Pond, with interesting stone foundations from former settlements, and continues to scenic Trout Pond, with opportunities for fishing and swimming.

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From the parking area, follow a short path downhill and turn right onto a woods road that descends parallel to Russell Brook, on the left. At the base of the descent, the road turns left and crosses the brook on a wooden bridge (to the right, a short distance upstream, are the stone abutments of the original bridge over the brook). Just ahead, you’ll pass a trail register on the left and reach...

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September 16, 2015
Described loop hike also has good workout
If you look at the contours on the Trail Conference map, you'll see that the loop hike I describe has an elevation gain of about 750 feet from Russell Brook to the top of the ridge.  So you get a nice workout with this hike, too.  Moreover, this is a loop hike which also visits the intersting Mud Pond.
Daniel Chazin
September 15, 2015
Hike South For More Exercise
My wife and daughter visited Trout Pond yesterday. It being a damp, post-Labor Day Monday, the trail was deserted, and the leaves were just starting to turn.   Instead of taking the route described here, we parked at the (empty) lot on Campbell Brook Road and took the trail south.  We had to cut the hike short when one of our party became sick, but the out-and-back to Trout Pond had, as best as I can read on the NYNJTC map, a roughly 900' - 1000' total climb over 3.4 miles.   If you're looking to give your legs a bit more of a workout, that's the route to take.
May 22, 2014
Trout Pond
Yes, the campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  My experience is that Trout Pond is very popular on weekends but less so on weekdays.  As to getting there, there is a parking area on Russell Brook Road (it must be approached from the north, as most of the road along the brook was washed out a number of years ago), and you hike in from there on a trail that follows a woods road.  The woods road leads around the northern side of the pond to the lean-tos, which are at the western end.  There are several designated campsites near the western end of the pond, and there is also a designated campsite at the southeastern corner of the pond, across the pond's outlet.  There is no formal trail along the southern side of the pond.
Daniel Chazin
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