Connects to O’Donohue and Halmi Preserves from Mountain Lakes Park
Location: North Salem
Distance: 4 miles
Skill Level: moderate
Elevation Gain: 450′
Type of Hike: lollipop
Trail Condition: gravel, trail, rocky
Wow Factor: great workout with a baby on your back
How to get there: From I684, take Exit 7 east. Turn left/north on 22 and immediately, veer right on 116. Follow past the North Salem Library. Right on June Rd > Hawley Rd. Follow Hawley a little over half a mile and the small parking triangle will be on the left. Here’s a street view.
Address to get you close: 397 Hawley Rd, North Salem
Summary: From the parking loop, head around the gate and up the orange trail. You’ll cross over the pond and come to a fork. Head left on orange.
Follow the wide, gravel road uphill about half a mile to an informational sign next to the NS trail (North Salem Trail). It will turn into the red trail for the Hearst-Mead Preserve.
The red trail will fork and you can go either direction for the loop. (If you want to make the hike shorter, just do an out-and-back on the right/east side.)
Turn on yellow and follow it downhill. It will join with white and separate again. Keep following yellow over half a mile. It will dead end at white.
Head right on white about 1/4 mile.
Turn left on orange and follow it for another 1/4 mile.
Left back on white. Follow white until it comes to the fork with yellow and yellow/white. Head south/left on yellow. Yellow will dead end at red. Take the opposite branch from the one you came in on.
As red closes the loop, hang a right to climb back to the NS trail and into Mountain Lakes.
Right on orange and head back down the road to the car.