Pyramid Mountain and Kakeout Reservoir from Kakeout...

Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area

Tripod Rock - Photo by Daniel Chazin Tripod Rock - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike follows a scenic path along the shore of the Kakeout Reservoir and climbs Pyramid Mountain, passing two unusual glacial erratics - Bear Rock and Tripod Rock - on the way.

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This hike approaches Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Park from the north, using lesser-used portions of the Blue and White Trails. It is particularly useful for those arriving by public transportation, as the trailhead is less than a mile from the bus stop on Route 23. It includes several short sections of road walking, but it also features a scenic walk close to the shore of the Kakeout...

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May 28, 2017
one of my least favorites..
I hike with the intention of getting "lost" in the woods...not literally of course, and this hike, while it has its moments, doesn't really give any sense of remoteness. A large portion of the hike is within sight of private homes and even meanders through the streets of a residential community for a good stretch and there are 2 or 3 street crossings in addition. The sound of leaf blowers and lawn mowers takes something away from the hike imo. I even noticed some of the blazes removed near the streets ... ( maybe the residents of this quiet community are trying to discourage groups of hikers marching down their roads)? I don't know. The best section of the hike is after crossing Miller rd and the glacial erratics.
July 13, 2014
Trail through the meadows
I do agree that the trail through the meadows before reaching Miller Road is not well blazed and somewhat diffcult to follow.  However, using the above description, I was able to follow it on a recent hike.  As you mention, the idea is to climb up to the road, so if you hear the sound of cars and proceed in that direction, you will eventually reach the road.  It is also true that the first part of the woods road past the gate is poorly blazed, but if you follow the road a little further, you will see some blazes, and the left turn off the road is marked with a double blaze if you look carefully.  I have corrected the first typo you pointed out.  As for the distance along Lakeview Road, I'm not sure of the preccise distance, so I have not changed that part of the descripton.  Thanks for your comments!
Daniel Chazin
July 12, 2014
boy was this confusing
When you get to the "meadows" before Miller Road, there are no trails and no blazes.  You can hear cars on the road and follow that.  When you pass the school and go off road at the gate, there are no blazes past the gate.  We opted to walk up Miller Road til we found the blazes on the left side of the road, which were partly covered in vegetation.  Also, 2 typos:  when you come back from the Orange Trail, make a right onto the white blazed trail, and the distance along Lakeview before you turn into the woods is more like 100 feet.  Most of this hike is well marked and well maintained.
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