The moderately difficult hike includes a steep start, with a stretch of rocky footing leading through stands of chestnut oak and low-bush blueberries to a small open flatland at the top.
The blue-blazed trail drops steeply downhill, passing massive, lichen-covered boulders left behind by the most recent glacier, 12,000 years ago. At the lower elevation, it is wetter and cooler, and neon-hued fungus glowed among the leaf litter. The trail becomes squishy in places, with seeps and moss, and an abundance of hay-scented, ostrich, and interrupted ferns.
Glimpses of the lake gleam through the trees, and side spurs lead to its rocky shore. You might see mallards, a great blue heron, and evidence of humans, too — tall, elaborate rock totems clustered like people at a party.
For more information about this and other hikes in the Poconos, see the Get Outdoors Poconos series at http://www.brodheadwatershed.org/gopoconos/index.html.