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Old 08-24-2020, 09:32 PM   #1
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Castle Rock - Blue Mountain Lake - 8/24/20

We had a nice family canoe/hike/swim trip to Blue Mountain Lake and Castle Rock on Friday July 24th. The combined paddle, hike, & swim is one of my favorite ways to get outside during the hot weather and Blue Mountain Lake is a great trip. We put in next to the beach, there were no issues with parking along the road and we had a bathroom break before the heading out. Itís a pretty quick paddle across the lake to the landing for the hiking trail.

The hiking trail was quite busy, many groups coming down in the late morning. It is an interesting trail with boulders and small caves to explore just below the summit. The view from Castle Rock is beautiful and it was not too busy when we arrived, but we left the overlook pretty quickly as it became uncomfortably crowded with a few groups. The overlook is pretty small for social distancing. It was a pleasant hike back down to our boats. We were the only ones that accessed the hike from the water while we were there.

The lake was quiet on the way back to the beach. We stopped at a great swim spot and enjoyed jumping and swimming in the clear water for a while. There were a few campsites available when we arrived in the morning, but it looked like the campsites were all taken by late morning. If you are planning a weekend camping trip at one of the sites I would plan on arriving early on Friday (or Thursday). Our trips to the Adirondacks this summer have been weekdays to avoid the crowds and this trip worked out well. A couple of photos from the trip:
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Old 08-24-2020, 11:56 PM   #2
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BML is a good bet for a family. I love the lake. It is fed by two huge ground springs a hundred feet down. The springs go another hundred feet down. At one time it was labeled the cleanest water in the country. The springs are pure but I am sure there is mercury from acid rain like the rest of NY lakes.
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