“Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”
Before I even begin to describe this hike, I think I spent too much time telling you how good my new boots were. The reason I say this is because about half way through the hike (approximately 2 miles), I went to step up with my left foot and with my right foot on an uneven tree root, it slid to the left, twisting my right ankle and sending me to the ground. Of course I really can’t blame the boots, but why blame my own clumsiness??
Since I was in the middle of the woods, I had no choice but to keep going. Up, down and over rocks, tree roots and leaves I went, the pain increasing with every step. I really wanted to stop, but I knew that wasn’t possible. So I forged ahead for the remaining two miles and finished the hike.
Wow…I certainly am not a baby when it comes to pain, but this really hurt. I’m confident it isn’t broken, but it certainly is sprained. So as I sit on my couch with my foot up on a pillow with a bag of vegetables as an ice pack, I’ll describe what still was a really nice hike! Unfortunately I’ll be of the trails for a few days to let my ankle rest.
Parking just off of route 55 in a small parking lot, the initial blue trail lasts from the parking area until it joins the AT. A kiosk just off of the parking lot has a map for the nuclear lake hike as well as the obligatory warning about ticks.
Within a minute or two of leaving the kiosk, you will see the AT. Stay to the left on the AT and begin your journey through the woods. After about 5 minutes you will see the blue blazed Beekman Uplands Loop on the left. Do not take this trail! That is a hike for another day.
The two bridges below make for pleasant distraction as you meander through the woods.
Almost immediately after crossing the bridge on the right, you will see this sign on a tree off to the right of the AT.
Photos of Nuclear Lake.
Keep following the Yellow Blazes until you reach the point where the loop ends and meets up with the AT again. Take the left and continue on the AT until you get back to the blue trail that leads back to the parking lot.
Summer 2017 Mileage:
i did this trail almost 10 years ago and LOVED it! 😀
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I agree. I would have loved to continue on to Cats Rock but my ankle injury put a stop to that! I am planning on returning sometime this summer.