From the four-way intersection in Wilmington, follow Route 86 toward Jay. In Jay, take a right onto Route 9N and head toward Keene. Continue for a bit over 6.5 miles and turn left on Styles Brook Road. Follow that for about a mile. The trailhead is on the left, parking is on the right.
This is a wonderful hike back to a seldom-visited pond. You will hike through a forest of deep green, pass babbling brooks, and walk beneath some very interesting rock features.
The trail climbs several hundred feet to reach the pond, but it is well graded and laid out. The route passes through a narrow saddle between two small knobs before descending slightly to the shore. The path sweeps around the pond to the north side, where excellent views across the water await.
Round Trip Distance
Most hikers can complete this trek in less than 3 hours.
A great starter snowshoe on this easy-climbing trail.
From the trailhead you will hike a wonderful trail through a lush forest rife with greens and step ledges. The rocky terrain makes it fun as you approach a most lovely backcountry pond.
The trail will bring you to the north end of the pond, where it is obvious from the rhododendrons that a homestead was once here.
Styles Brook Road: From the intersection of state Routes 86 and Route 73 in Lake Placid, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue into Keene, and take Route 9N toward Jay. Continue for just over 3 miles and turn right on Styles Brook Road. Follow this for about a mile to the trailhead on the left. Parking is on the right.
Elevation gain 500 feet, elevation 1,650 feet, round-trip distance 3 miles
Average round-trip time
Snowshoer with kids: 2.5 to 3 hours
Experienced snowshoer: 2 to 2.5 hours
Inexperienced snowshoer: 2 to 2.5 hours