Round Pond is an excellent destination for the entire family. This can be done as a short hike destination, fishing destination or a family camp outing. The pond is a very attractive objective with the mountains soaring above on many sides.
Primary Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 86 and Route 73 in Lake Placid, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue through Keene, Keene Valley and Saint Huberts. Continue up over the long hill past Chapel Pond. on the right and locate the next The trailhead is on the right one mile past Chapel Pond. This is the trail for Round Pond and Dix Mountain.
This 0.5 mile, one way, hike is over moderate to steep terrain. From the parking area you will need to hike up the roadside for 100-feet or so to the actual trail on the right. The trail starts off very steep to above Route 73 before it levels off and moderately approaches a height-of-land above Round Pond. A slight descent to the Shore of Round Pond is all that remains. The trail follows along the shore for a bit before turning away toward the trail to Dix Mountain.
1 mile RT, moderate to difficult route, Elevation: 1725’
Family with Young Kids: Primary trail – 45 minutes to pond
Experienced Hiker: Primary trail – 20 minutes to pond
Out of Shape Hiker: Primary trail – 30 minutes to pond
Round Pond is one of those out-of-the-way places that’s not all that out of the way. Driving Route 73 between Keene and Saint Huberts, you’ll find a pull-off. Walk straight up the hill and you’ll find Round Pond, listed by the New York State Department of Environmental Resources as one of the best brook trout waters in the county.
It’s only 23 acres with less than a mile of shoreline, but it is very round. You can fish from the shore at ice-out, but in the summer you’ll want to tote your canoe or inflatable up the hill to hit the depths in the middle, where it bottoms out at just under 40 feet.
The pond was reclaimed in 2005, followed by several years of brook trout fingerling stockings. Subsequently, the use or possession of baitfish is prohibited.
Access is via a trail off Route 73.
A herd path goes around the pond to the left to some very nice campsites that easy to access for the entire family.
A fine choice for kids learning to snowshoe, or adults wanting an easy, pretty, trek.