The Mt. Wellington blaze-orange trail begins from the west side of the road in a stand of deciduous and pine woods. Before taking this route, you may wish to take a side trip through a shallow hemlock and birch area by Otsego Lake. It is a loop that is worth the extra steps. Views of the sparkling clear waters and several rounded hills inspired the American novelist James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) when he wrote "The Leatherstocking Tales." The main trail (blaze-orange) gradually ascends along a path of mixed hardwoods and conifers. At 1.7 miles, the trail opens to a narrow view of the lake. The trail continues to meander up to the hill's expansive summit harbored with deep pockets of shade which is home to a variety of lush ferns. The descent off Mount Wellington is a pleasant hike with several steep descents offering continuous views of unchanging understory and canopy. At approximately 3 miles, look for the orange blaze pointing right. Follow the trail down to the service road, between the cottages and under the arch of Tin Top. Walk through the stately grounds of Hyde Hall to reach the parking lot.
Directions: From Cooperstown, NY, Travel 8 miles north along Route 31 to the park entrance. After passing the ranger station, travel over the bridge and continue to the large lot across from Hyde Hall. Park there. The trail begins along the west side of the park road.
Elevation Gain: Minimal
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