The trail around Moss Lake traverses gently rolling double track hills for mountain bikes and also provides an easy hike. There's also the option of taking the spur trail to Bubb and Sis lakes, which is a nice single track along mostly intermediate terrain with a nice expert section at the end.
The trailhead is large and doubles as a popular picnic area. Moss Lake was the home to a Girls camp from 1923-1972 — a historical markers tells the story.
Hiking in a counterclockwise direction, the trail remains on a flat course as it passes through the Fulton Lakes Wild Forest. The northern part of the trail remains fairly close to the shore, giving ample opportunity to approach the lake.
The trail remains on the old forest road and eventually moves away from the lake. The path leading to Sis and Bubb lakes enters from the right.
It's a 2.5 mile loop to Moss Lake and back.
Most hikers should it expect it to take a little over 2 hours to complete the entire hike.
Mountain bikers can complete it in half that time.
There are nine primitive camping sites along the shore.
Two of these sites are accessible campsites.
The 16,028-acre Fulton Chain Wild Forest is home to hundreds of bird species, including raptors like the Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Great Horned Owl, and Osprey; water birds like the Common Loon and the Great Blue Heron; iconic game birds like the Wild Turkey, and arboreal species like the Eastern Bluebird.
Moss Lake is a wonderful spot and a short carry for a canoe, 0.1 mile from the trailhead to shore of the lake.
How to Get There
From the intersection of Route 28 and Big Moose Road in Inlet follow Big Moose Road. Continue for a bit over 2-miles to the parking area on the left.
With well over 2-miles of shoreline this round shaped pond will give you plenty of opportunities to see wildlife along shore as well as loons throughout. Its calm water will allow you to relax and soak up the rays of summer. The body of water is even calm enough for a pleasant SUP experience and to introduce others to the beauty of the Park.
Type of Launch
Type of Carry
Short, easy carry of around 200 feet
Type of Water
Well protected and calm
Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing
This trail is excellent for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The parking area is plowed and receives regular use by visitors.