Hemlock Lake Hike and Kayak

On Sunday, August 11, Springwater Trails will take advantage of our August weather for a hike or kayak on Hemlock Lake around the North boat launch.  Boaters will meet at the North boat launch at 3:30 to unload their boats.  Hikers will meet  at the Rob’s Trail parking lot at 3:45.  An optional social will be at Bob and Joan’s on Old Bald Hill South.

Kayak or Canoe Paddle

KayakerBoaters should meet at Hemlock Lake North Landing at 3:30 to unload the boats. At 4:00, we will paddle south along the eastern shore for an hour then cross to the lake to the western shore and return north until we’re west of the landing then return. We will be meeting the hikers at the landing after the paddle to get them to their cars at Rob’s Trail parking area.


All hikers will meet at 3:45 at the Rob’s Trail parking lot at the north end of South Old Bald Hill Rd.

Old Oak GroveNaturalist will hike Hemlock Lake Outlet. They will car pool to the Hemlock Lake Park at the north end of the lake where they will start their hike. They will cross Rix Hill Rd to the Hemlock Lake Outlet trail. It should be an easier hike than when we last hiked it in January. Still it will have some hills to cover. The naturalists will return the way they entered.

Down to HemlockTourist/Climbers will repeat a hike from June, 2012.  We will cross 15A from the Rob’s Trail parking lot and follow the Nature Conservancy / Hemlock State Forest boundary down toward the lake. After a few jogs to avoid some gullies, we will descend the ridge of a large gully to the old road along the lake to the North boat launch. Hikers with good memories will recall the first time we did this hike, going up rather than down – it was a tough go, so I’ve heard. Upon reaching the boat launch, the climbers will catch up to the kayakers and canoeists to get a ride back to their cars.

Optional Social

The after hike social will be at Bob and Joan’s on S. Old Bald Hill Rd, just a mile and a half down the street from Rob’s Trail. Bring a dish to pass or donate to the social fund.

Bob and Joan will have a barbecue with turkey burgers, ratatouille and ice cream. Bring your favorite beverage. If you want to drop off a dish before the hike get it to the house by 3:30 so Joan can get to the hike at 3:45.


Hikers: Click here for directions to Rob’s Trail.

Boaters: Click here for directions to the north boat launch.

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  1. Hi Climbers. Rick O and I previewed the hike down from Rob’s trail. The lake is low so we are going to hike straight down to the lake and then walk along the shore line past a small cliff that that water reaches when high. From there it is fairly easy back to the bench and trail to the north boat launch. We will see a couple of nice water falls, except there is no water right now. And of course, some colorful mushrooms. Bring water and be ready for a bit of bushwhacking.

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