Moss Lake Loop

Moss Lake Loop

Hiking

Moss Lake is a wonderful spot and a short carry for a canoe from the parking area. 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. There are nine primitive camping sites along the shore.

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.

Directions

From the intersection of Route 28 and Big Moose Road in Eagle Bay, 1 mile south of downtown Inlet, follow Big Moose Road for just over 2.25 miles to the Moss Lake trailhead and parking area on the left.

Distance

It's a 2.5 mile loop to Moss Lake and back. This is an easy, scenic, hike.

Most hikers should it expect it to take a little over 2 hours to complete the entire hike.

Cycling

The trail around Moss Lake traverses gently rolling double track hills for mountain bikes. 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.

Mountain bikers can complete it in about an hour.

Fishing

Fine fishing at Moss Lake, with brook trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon, brown trout, yellow perch, and black bullhead. There is trail access located off Big Moose Lake Road.

Camping

There are seven designated campsites along Moss Lake's eastern shore, which is encircled by an old horse trail.

Paddling

Moss Lake is known as a beautiful and quiet half day paddle.

Launch after a short, flat carry of .10 of a mile. This leads to the right, around the pond, to reach the NYS DEC ADA access dock and beach site.

Swimming

There is a NYS DEC ADA access dock and beach site.

Birding

A great place for nesting osprey and a local set of loons.

Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

This trail is excellent for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The parking area is plowed and receives regular use by visitors.

Accessibility

There are two accessible campsites, with a picnic table, privy, fire ring, and tent pad. An observation deck with built-in benches is located on the lake shore. This is an accessible trail providing a spectacular view of the lake.

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