As a famous Poughkeepsie native once sang, this hike will make you glad you were born in the USA (or are otherwise now located here). We've logged that you went. This led us to the “orange” trail that was also marked green but the photos on this website were all we needed to figure out that we were on the right trail. Partway through, you’ll climb a little hill and think, “Well, I guess I’m through the rhododendron tunnel now.”  Nope! Air temperatures in the states and provinces around the Great Lakes suggest that meteorological summer has arrived. Maps, directions, and reviews. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Hope you have some good luck out there! It’s a gorgeous hike, views of the Greenwood Lake, on a clear day you can see some Manhattan skyscrapers, the “Surprise lake”, rhododendrun tunnels, another isolated mountain lake. Please read it before heading out into the wild green yonder, and let's hope that everyone will adhere to that guidance so that we can keep heading in the right direction in the Hudson Valley. Other rules as posted. Def deserves the 9-10 rating. When you hit Warwick Turnpike, turn right to head back to your car (unless you parked in the overflow lot, then it’s a left). Is there anything else you want to add? 2. Hi, Judith! Cha-ching! Dizziness and vertigo often hit swimmers when they use specific swimming strokes or right after being in the pool. 7. 3) so in early December, the eastern part of the loop is VERY VERY wet, so you need to wear good boots and are going to have to do some Frogger jumping from rock to rock. (as opposed to Schunemunk, where you can easily get turned around on top of the mountain. Just kidding. Was a foggy, misty day but definitely worth the trip for the lake. 5. There is also a fishing pier right near there as well as a nice walking trail. Boating … Tip for those of you going in the spring, BRING BUG SPRAY!!! If I were attempting this hike on a weekend these days, I’d get there at the crack of dawn. I chose the southern one, without realizing I was making a choice. Thanks so much for taking the time to post your thoughts here! Fees: Yes, see web site. nikon D7000 + nikkor 10-24mm. The adjacent lake is closed to boating and swimming but provides shoreline fishing and walks. I expect it will be very crowded this weekend, and if you don’t get one of those spots near the trailhead, I’m not sure what your options would be, except to try a different hike or come back another time. Come home to amenities that make everyday a pleasure, from a private resident dock on Surprise Lake and an all-season indoor/outdoor pool to carport parking and responsive onsite maintenance. We’ll return to this spot later in the day. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You’ll also find several cool points of interest along the way, like big fat rock formations and a rhododendron tunnel that seems to just keep on going. The old route, straight ahead, will have a few branches blocking your path, correctly advising you to proceed no further in that direction, even though it still looks like the way to go. A popular swimming spot for locals. You’ll also find plenty of nice sights along the way. About 35-40 minutes (or .7 miles) after the modest-hint-of-a view, you’ll come to a spot where the trail has been re-routed. LOCATION Surprise Community Park. Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. I’m not sure if that was the right call or not – she probably would have been fine, but the hike is extremely rocky and pretty long, so maybe I saved her lil’ tootsies from getting scraped up. 17 (near the Harriman toll booths), then merge onto 17 West. Learn more about what activities are allowed in this type of zone. What a nice overlook. Establishment of the Wildlife Management Area on the eastern side is to continue protection of the crocodile and manatee. You’ve earned it. The Bradford Ridge trail comes up from the south, so if you are coming from Los Angeles, San Bernardino or Lake Arrowhead this is a more direct option but requires a gradual 6-mile hike. Take a left at the fork to (re-)hop on the Green Trail. A swimming pool, or other contained body of water that contains water eighteen inches or more in depth at any point and that is wider than eight feet at any point and is intended for swimming, shall be protected by an enclosure surrounding the pool area, as provided in this section. 2) if you wanted to have the easier route to the lake, I’d just do the eastern part of the loop up and go straight back down DEAR ANNIE A FEW WEEKS AGO, OUR 13-YEAR-OLD SON, "MIKE," WAS INVITED TO A BIRTHDAY SWIM PARTY AT THE HOME OF A CLASSMATE. Hours: 6am-10pm daily with the exception of being closed for maintenance from 6am-3pm on Wednesdays at Surprise Community Park and 6am-10pm on Thursdays at Dick McComb Park. Emerald Creek Falls. West Milford, NJ. Carefully following those green blazes and not trying to set any land speed records, it took us about 90 minutes to walk the entire length of the Green Trail. 6. (In exchange, when you come to New York, we’ll gladly show you how to work a gas pump. Reopening of Dog Parks- with social distancing and appropriate sanitation measures. READ MORE: * Rotorua Lakes fail water quality target, but still safe to swim * The route that lives up to its name * Wanaka Lake Swimmers Club gets serious about lake … Is there anything else you want to add? That's cool, too. In .2 miles, veer right onto Warwick Turnpike when Union Valley Road bends to the left. Most challenging part of navigating the millions of smaller rocks that line the orange trail. RULES Swimming, wading, glass containers and littering are prohibited. Embed. Bartlett Lake is a quick and easy drive from Phoenix, with the whole day to spend in or around the lake. 15930 N Bullard Ave Surprise, AZ 85374 PARK HOURS Sunrise to 10:00 p.m. All of the direction still made sense but the change in color was not indicated at the entrance on their map or signs. Thank you! light painting with LED flashlight, light blue & red theatrical gels. ), Did this loop today, what a climb! Motor boats are not allowed, enhancing the tranquility of the lake. When you arrive at the end (or the beginning, depending on how you look at it) of the Green Trail, hopefully, you recognize where you’re standing: right at the intersection from Step #5 above, where you stood so many miles, rocks and questionable jokes ago. Swimming Hole Heaven includes directions, photographs and videos of the best waterholes, lakes, rivers and waterfalls for swimming around the State, based on more than 15 years of research. Swimming is just like any other workout that causes the body to lose fluids through sweat. If you’re not from the Pacific Northwest, you’re in for a cool surprise: Lake Chelan, Washington. 2min exposure under full moon, 5x 2min exposures stacked for star trails. The timing was perfect – I just happened to be looking for a hike where I could meet my buddy Rob, who would be coming from NYC. We immediately get in the car and head to the lake, where we proceed to strip our clothes and jump in the water. Great Hike, not much of a challenge except for that initial ascent. Surprise Lake resides a short distance southwest of Stevens Pass, just inside the border of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area. We do this every day at 5 p.m., when camp staff gets off work. And also how to pay 60 cents more per gallon.). Surprise Lake is a small 5 acre lake located inside Surprise Community Park located in Phoenix, Arizona. CLOSED. More rhododendron tunnel, coming your way! Super-cool Google Earth flyover of hike route: Related resources: If you’re looking for actual facts and/or useful information, visit these resources: Was this trail guide useful to you? You can’t go wrong either way – the hike below follows a beautiful ridge that you’d miss going the other way – but just be aware that you have options. Mailing Address: 382 Lake Surprise Rd. You COULD visit the Greenwood Lake overlook from here, which is .3 miles down the Yellow Trail, to your left (assuming Surprise Lake is at your back). We’ll come back to this spot in just a bit and take the Green Trail back to within minutes of you car. The entire eastern Lake Surprise is an idle speed and no wake zone. (The Country Roads Deli at that fork is a good place to grab a pre- or post-hike sandwich.) GPS coordinates of parking area: 41.1557, -74.36275 (Clicking will open in Google Maps or the Apple Maps app, depending on your browser/device.). Effective May 15, 2020. It is safe to swim in some areas at certain times of the year, as shown in the following table: Park or reserve. Bonus points if you notice the hollow tree branch along the trail that looks like a gnome’s mailbox. See the Empire State Building over there, just to the right of that little communications tower on the furthest ridge? One programming note: There are two routes that make a nice loop to Surprise Lake, one approaching from the south, one from the east. Cost/contacts: $5 per vehicle on weekends and holidays, $3 swim … 9. Maximum depth 12 feet. Please follow CDC guidelines specifically regarding social distancing. We could just barely see the city through the clouds, but darkening the image afterward made it more obvious. The green loop was 6.5 miles on my Strava, with 1,059 ft of climbing. Mailing Address: 382 Lake Surprise Rd. The well-marked Green-and-Yellow Trail heads sharply downhill, dropping 135 feet over one-tenth of a mile before leveling out across some rocky terrain. Please follow CDC guidelines specifically regarding social distancing. Town beach on river. 4. 8. This spot is officially labeled (some might say generously) as a viewpoint on the NY-NJTC map. **UPDATE June 2014**  The trail guide for Surprise Lake II (via Greenwood Lake overlook) is now online! There is also a fishing pier right near there as well as a nice walking trail. Useful 0. We've got answers to your questions and tips for making the most of the water while you're pregnant. Hop on the green-and-black-blazed Bearfort Ridge Spur Trail to begin your adventure. The lake boasts sandy shores and water warm enough to swim in during the summer months. 19. 12. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including catfish, brown trout, bream/bluegill, perch, largemouth bass, pickerel and bullhead here. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Instead, notice the small cairn (fancy talk for pile of rocks) to your right, and follow the Green Trail downhill to your right, past the cairn. Surprise Lake – City of Surprise. Thank you for the terrific explanations. Enjoyed the white trail going up. and i get a toy car stuck in my hair JOIN OUR FAM!! Enjoy the retro photos, below! We were hoping to find a nice fall hike somewhere in-between, and the Surprise Lake loop fit the bill perfectly. When Warwick Turnpike bends to the right, you’ll see a wide pulloff on your left that you can use as backup in case the main pulloff (closer to the trailhead) is full. Put our locations on your website Reviewed 8 September 2015 . List of reservoirs and dams in Australia; References External links. Toward the end of that 9-mile stretch, Lakes Road becomes Mountain Lakes Lane, then NY-17A East, then Windermere Ave, all without you having to make any turns. Even the smallest contribution can go a long ways towards helping this all happen faster and better. I also added Step 16a below as an optional step, which gives directions to the Greenwood Lake overlook from this hike, adding .6 roundtrip miles, if you’d like to try it that way. No, not really. Jennifer, I’ve been dreading having to re–write this trail guide to match the new trail updates here, but it wasn’t nearly as painful as it would have been without your very helpful comment. If a waterway does not have a swimming area sign, do not swim in this area. Thank you so much! Cold Spring, New York 10516. Thanks, Megan! Let's do a long 2 hour swim but first hike a few miles to the lake. 845-265-3616 Surprise Lake is a lake located just .4 miles from Edgewood, in Pierce County, in the state of Washington, United States. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including rainbow trout, bream/bluegill, largemouth bass, catfish, cutthroat trout and brook trout here. It’s still there (I assume), and you just knocked out an awesome hike. 18. The Bowen Ranch trail, on the other hand, comes from the north and the road to it originates in Victorville area (off Highway 15). Pooch proclivity:  Much as I love hiking with her, I left my pooch at home for this one, largely because of this comment on the NY-NJTC guide, which mentioned the puddingstone here being rough on dogs’ padded feet. Greenville Rec posted the … Your northwest retreat is convenient to I-5, SR-18, and the Valley Freeway for quick commutes to major employers such as Boeing and Weyerhaeuser. Our team is glad that you are enjoying our valet trash service and our well-kept landscaping. Really glad to hear that the blazes are easy to follow even though they have changed recently. Date of experience: September 2018. Ypsilanti_Steve wrote a review Sep 2018. Cant wait to use it again next weekend for a new adventure. Toolibin Lake Ramsar Site: 300 741: 50: Lake Warden: Saline: Goldfields-Esperance: Lake Warden Nature Reserve: 59 146: 51: Lake Way: Dry saline: Mid-West: 46,000 113,668: 52: Lake Wooleen: Intermittent freshwater: Mid-West: 5,500 13,591: See also. The lake is of course beautiful, but don't forget the vast desert surrounding the lake. We made it. Great day hike. Girls Caneoing, Trails End Camp, midcentury. NY 210 South becomes Rt 511 (Lakeside Rd), which you’ll continue following until it dead-ends into Union Valley Rd in the town of West Milford. It's a nice area and they have restrooms. **WARNING** While most Hudson Valley parks and trails have reopened, there are still a few notable closures and parking restrictions to be aware of. I have updated the text in this guide to match the new blazes, but there’s not much I can do about the old pictures. 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