Hike Bennett, Middle & Murphy Lakes

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Added by Rebecca Nichols

Walk along visiting three beautiful tucked away Adirondack Lakes. Enjoy lunch or an overnight at a lean-to overlooking the last lake.

Park along the roadside to begin this hike. A wooden sign will mark the start of the trail on the north side of the road. At 0.1 miles you will cross a small stream and wet area. Shortly after the trail moderately climbs a ridge. At approximately 0.6 miles you will pass an area of white pines. At the 1.0 mile mark you may notice an area of dark red soil. At the turn of the century this was a settlement and ferric oxide mine that produced pigments to make paint.

As the trail climbs through open hardwoods and mixed evergreens at 1.3 miles you will reach unmarked path leading down to the shore of Bennett Lake. Take a walk down and notice the area has a few open camping areas.

Once you return to the main trail you will follow the contours of the ridge. At 1.7 you will reach a stream with a plank along it. Another stream is reached at the 2.3 mile mark which you can rock hop across. At approximately 2.6 miles you will see a cut-off trail to the shore and camp area at Middle Lake.

Once returning to trail at the north end of the lake the trail will hug the shoreline. After a short moderate hill climb you will then start to descend at about 3.5 miles. Shortly after the shores of Murphy Lake will appear. The lean-to along the shore is reached at 3.8 miles. This is a great spot for lunch! Either enjoy the shade of the lean-to or sprawl out on the large boulders along the shoreline.

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Snack
  • Water
  • Camera
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Added by Rebecca Nichols

I hike to push my limits both mentally and physically, take in the beauty of the great outdoors, and just to get away from it all. Every chance I get you will find me in the mountains, on a kayak or ending my day by the campfire!

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