Wolf Pond in the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest is a beautiful place. It's a quiet place right now, as there is no marked trail to reach the pond. In the Unit Management Plan (see Appendix J) for Wolf Pond, there are various options that have been laid out for the placement of a trail. There will also be a lean-to built on the east shore of the pond.
I went in to get a "pre-trail" look at the area. It's a short one mile bushwhack north from the Blue Ridge Road. Once at the pond, you are greeted with fabulous views of some of the spectacular high peaks (Redfield, Skylight, Marcy, Haystack and Basin).
|Looking north from the outlet|
Leesa and I followed the proposed route around the east shore to the proposed location of the lean-to.
For the most part, the forest density is light and bushwhacking is not too difficult.
|Wolf Pond outlet|
A bridge is planned to assist hikers in crossing the outlet. The recommended trail option will start at the designated campsite where the Boreas River crosses Blue Ridge Road. If this is the case, the trail will follow Wolf Pond Creek until it reaches the pond.
Once completed, this will be a relatively short hike to a beatiful pond with a lean-to. A great option for families, or those desiring a short hike.
Hike Distance: 2 miles roundtrip for our bushwhack
Hike Time: 2 hours, including our exploration
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