Moreau Lake State Park has over 40 miles of hiking trails combined. Some can go as long as 12 miles round trip so it’s really important to be prepared. Don’t be fooled in to thinking that because it’s not the High Peaks you can casually set out for a “quick” hike, especially if you are unfamiliar with the trail system. Below is a recent account from NYS DEC Rangers of hikers in a local state forest who found themselves in serious trouble.
Town of Greenfield
Wilderness Rescue: On April 16 at 12:33 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch requested Forest Ranger assistance with two hikers lost in Daniel’s Road State Forest. The hikers indicated they were on the trail, but became disoriented trying to find their way back to Daniels Road, where they had parked. Forest Ranger Lieutenant Ganswindt responded to the trailhead, used a pin of a subject’s location, and directed the hikers to walk in the proper direction. Lt. Ganswindt met the hikers on the trail and walked the two Clifton Park residents back to the trailhead by 2:46 p.m. The pair said they planned to hike five miles, but their trackers indicated they actually walked 13. They were hot, tired, and had blisters. The hikers were not prepared for the hike, were unfamiliar with the trail system, and did not have a map.
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Be prepared AND please, Leave No Trace!
Here is a great video from NYS DEC: