From the trailhead you will start climbing almost immediately but never on too steep a grade and come to the firetower after only 0.8 miles. The trail as well as the summit is covered in an open hardwood forest. There are no views from the ground but 360 degree views will be awaiting you from the cab of the fire tower. The old fire observers cabin it to the left. The loop continues over the summit and gradually descends over a less frequently used trail that passes along the ridge. The trail will then pass by attractive Otter Lake before returning to the trailhead.
Distance Round Trip:
2.3 miles, loop
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: 2.5 to 3.5 hours
Experienced Snowshoers: 2 to 2.5 hours
Out of Shape Snowshoers: 2.5 to 3 hours
From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 10 in Piseco, follow Route 10 South toward Pine Lake. Just under 2-miles past Pine Lake, take a left onto Green lake Road. Then drive Green Lake Road to the trailhead, which will be on the left. The short dirt road to the trailhead may or may not be plowed adequately for many cars, park in a safe location.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
One: Easy to moderate trail
Additional Important Information:
Snowshoeing over a frozen body of water can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.