How to get there
From Exit 29 off of Interstate 87, follow Blue Ridge Road toward North Hudson, take a left onto state Route 9 and 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 about 2.5 miles to the trailhead on the right. There is limited parking and a fairly obscure trail, with only a small sign marking it.
This is a very enjoyable half-mile hike to a pond that's easy to fall in love with. With minimal effort and only a slight climb, the trail passes a small, attractive waterfall before it reaches the north end of Challis Pond. Fisherman paths lead around the pond in both directions, so have fun with it. A nice family picnic might be in order here.
Distance Round Trip
Approximate Time Round Trip
Family with Young Kids: 1 to 1.5 hours
Experienced Hiker: 1 to 1.5 hours
Inexperienced Hiker: 1 to 1.5 hours