Winter Overview: Winter access here is great for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The parking area is regularly plowed and the trail has very few elevation changes.
Known as the Great Eight Lakes, this trail is easy to intermediate and is only 3 miles to Queer Lake, then 2.3 miles to Chain Ponds. Even longer loops to the other loops are possible.
- Mays Pond, 4.5 miles
- Chub Lake, 5.1 miles
- Constable Pond, 5.4 miles
- Pigeon Lake, 8.7 miles
- Otter Pond, 12.4 miles
Most people do the 3-mile hike from the trailhead to Queer Lake for an easily accessible yet remote lean-to camping experience. A nice lean-to is ready for use on the point just 500 yards up the trail and to the left when you come to the lake.
Each lake has different fishing qualities, with Queer Lake known for its native lake trout. While birding around these lakes you can look and listen for Olive-Sided and Yellow- Bellied Flycatchers, Nashville Warblers, Northern Parula and Palm Warblers, and Lincoln’s, Swamp, and White-Throated Sparrows.(
Location: In Eagle Bay, turn onto Big Moose Road from Route 28. The parking area is on the right, 5.3 miles from Route 28.
Distance: It's 3 miles one way to Queer Lake. This is a Wilderness Area, so no mountain bikes are allowed.
It can take more than 5 hours to hike to Queer Lake and back, although fit hikers can probably do it in less time.