Three Lakes Trail

At A Glance

Moderate

Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles

Description

From Lake Dense, the trail follows an old road bed past the picnic shelter, across the dam, and over to Lake Alford. It has moderate grades, and goes through a pine/hemlock forest where many of the hemlocks are dying. There is a great view of Joanna Mountain across the lake. At Lake Alford, the trail goes over the dam to a small pier and resting bench. From Lake Alford, the trail is more of a footpath; it climbs moderately past the spring feeding Lake Alford on a rooty segment of trail. It then comes out on a ridge above the Lake Julia spillway. There are some limited views of the lake and the spillway. The trail winds back down to Conservation Road just north of the spillway bridge, with roots being the main obstacles on an otherwise smooth path.

Combined with the Pitch Pine trail, this makes a nice bypass of the boring section of Conservation Road from the Covered Bridge area up to the Lake Julia spillway bridge. Or, these trails combined with the road make a nice, short loop.

Intersecting Trails

  • Conservation Road
  • Pitch Pine
  • Joanna Road
  • This trail is located in the Dupont State Forest area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Dupont State Forest trails list page.

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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    Three Lakes - Joanna Road to Pitch Pine Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 415 ft

    Three Lakes - Lake Alford Spur

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 239 ft

    Three Lakes - Lake Alford to Conservation Road

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 0.41 mi

    Three Lakes - Pitch Pine Tr. to Lake Alford

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 0.3 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 0.84 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.

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