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Old 05-12-2013, 01:31 AM   #1
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Debar and Taylor pond w/o day use fee

hi, was wondering if anyone knows of an alternate way to access the debar mt trail without paying day use for Meacham Lake, as well as access to the taylor pond lean-to without day use fee at the campground? thanks.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:47 PM   #2
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Taylor Pond lean-to's are part of the campground, so during the operational season, you must pay a fee for use. Off-season, it's "first-come, first-served".

Debar Mt, probably no-fee during off-season - not sure if you can get all the way to the trailhead. I'm also not 100% sure that a day-use fee is required if you are going to the trailhead, vs. using the campground. In any case, it's minimal.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:58 AM   #3
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When I climbed Debar and camped out in the lean-to last spring, there was an entry in the journal from a group that said that when they initially showed up, the person working at the entrance booth wouldn't let them in without paying the day use fee. Eventually, they were able to convince that person to get the campground manager, who let them in without paying the fee. So your mileage may vary on that one.

You could possibly park on Route 30 and simply walk in. There is a back route to Debar, but it's very long, adds probably about 10-12 miles round trip. You can access it via the old Debar Game Management Area, Marker A on this map. There is an old state truck trail (visible on the map) that connects to Meacham Lake and the Debar Mountain Trail. It's a long approach, but it is very pleasant hiking. Skiff Pond (the unmarked pond south of the Game Area Headquarters) is also a worthwhile visit, but that trail is overgrown in spots.

I stayed at all 3 lean-tos on Taylor Pond this spring. The DEC rebuilt lean-to #2 a few years ago (I believe the old one burned down). Interestingly enough, when they rebuilt it, they relocated it further west, on the opposite side of the small bay where the old lean-to sat. The new lean-to is very hard to find if you don't know where it is (we spent a while searching for it). It's pretty obvious that most groups are just camping at the old lean-to site, and that the new lean-to gets very, very little use. After 2 years, it still doesn't have a single nail or name carved in to it...
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Old 08-16-2013, 05:56 AM   #4
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thanks a lot for the helpful info, I didnt have thread subscription on so I didnt realize anyone had replied until now. Sounds exciting trying to find the pristine taylor pond lean-to. My mom told me that back in the 70's there was an old jeep trail in to taylor pond off of the nelson rd, so I will see if I can locate the remnants of it.
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