This hike is Three Lakes>Sunken Mine>Old Mine Road>Charcoal Burners>Three Lakes Trail
Location: Putnam Valley
Distance: 3.5 miles
Skill Level: moderate
Elevation Gain: 400′
Type of Hike: lollipop
Trail Condition: rocky, road, trail
Wow Factor: views of the lake
How to get there: From 301, turn south on Dennytown Road. Drive 1 mile and the large gravel parking area will be on the left. There is a little white building and a big orange kiosk.
Address to get you close: 295 Dennytown Rd, Putnam Valley
Summary: From the parking lot, head north/left toward the stone ruin. You’ll head downhill a bit and skirt around a seasonal pond. Then you’ll do a pretty hard but short climb–200′ in 1/4 mile. The first bit is the hardest. It’s rocky and goes up between two huge boulders and can be difficult coming down, especially front carrying.
At about 3/4 of a mile, you’ll come to a gravel road marked by a bunch of little cairns on a large rock. Head left and head downhill, watch for traffic.
In just a few minutes, you’ll see the yellow trail to the right. This is a relatively flat part that will take you along John Allen Lake and keep heading north then east.
At almost 2 miles, head right on the red trail. You won’t be on it long.
Turn right on blue and take it back down the pond. Blue will continue on the gravel road. Look for those little cairns as the blue trail heads left back into the woods. Continue back down the steep part and to the car. There is a large field in front of the perking lot that is great for a picnic and play.
Dogs: on leash