Note: Bloody Pond lies off of any developed and mapped trail system, so the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is highly recommended. While bushwhacking you will experience hazards not found on a maintained trail. Expect more difficult and varying conditions, and always prioritize safety.
How to get there
Take Exit 29 off of Interstate 87, follow Blue Ridge Road toward North Hudson, then take a left onto Route 9 to follow it north. Continue for 2.5 miles and turn right onto Caza Turn Road, then take the next right onto Ensign Pond Road. Follow Ensign Pond Road for just under 3 miles to the trailhead on the right.
The final 0.3 miles is along an abandoned trail which is easy enough to follow, but if you do not feel comfortable with route finding this may not be the hike for you.
From the trailhead, take the left trail toward Hammond Pond. The trail is an easy hike with a bit of ascent. At the unmarked intersection, take a right and start to head uphill — left goes to Hammond Pond and dead ends there. Once over the hill there is a tricky creek crossing, which under most conditions should can be rock hopped.
Roughly 0.2 miles from this crossing you will cross a much smaller stream. This is Bloody Pond Outlet. The old trail is on the opposite side. Locate it and follow it as it ascends easily along the outlet, through a cleft in the hillside, and finally to the shore of the Bloody Pond.
Distance Round Trip
This hike is recommended for experienced hikers only. Even experienced hikers will find it can take 3 hours or more to complete this route.