Rush Pond Way Trail

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The Rush Pond Way Trail follows along the beautiful Rush Pond in Queensbury, New York. It serves as a haven for hikers, runner, skiers and bikers. It is also a connecting trail between the The Gurney Lane Recreation Area and the Queensbury School Trails.

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Matt Strickland

Destination Distance From Downtown

4.7 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

2

Time To Complete

1 to 2 hours

Seasonality

Year Round

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

Free to the Public

Review

The Rush Pond Way trail system sits in Queensbury New York a short distance from I-87. The 2.2 mile one-way trail is a perfect destination for mountain biking and running in the summer, and snowshoeing and cross country skiing in the winter. The trail is the result of nearly a decade of work by local supervisors and volunteers and it provides users with a terrific resource for recreation.
What Makes it Great:
Rush Pond Way Trail offers fun terrain for everyone. After parking at the intersection of West Mountain Road and Gurney Lane, a short walk will bring you past the Westbrook apartment complex and into the woods. The trail descends to Rush Pond and runs along its edge, depositing runners, bikers and skiers on Fox Farm Road in Queensbury. The open pond and woods give you plenty of opportunities to look around and admire the landscape of the Rush Pond Wetlands.
In addition to the primary trails, there are several smaller ones that intersect and weave their way around Rush Pond. These trails are narrow and fun and they offer some varied challenges. It’s important to pay very close attention to where you are at all times as they are not marked. Luckily, with the pond, I-87 and West Mountain Road serving as very prominent handrails, it’s a pretty simple task to pinpoint where you are. Always take proper precautions via a map or GPS to make sure you can find your way back to the car.
Friends will be itching to join you at Rush Pond when they here about the great skiing the trail offers. Ski the trails, pause for the view from one of the hand-built bridges and then hit the pond. A skating rink will often be cleared on the ice. Rush Pond Way also serves as a link between the Queensbury School Trails and The Gurney Lane Recreation Area, both of which offer many more miles of fun.
Who is Going to Love It<:
Walkers and hikers will find an easy place to go for a jaunt with a picturesque view of the pond. Mountain bikers and skiers will also find  an easy to ride trail with options for more challenges on the small branch trails the lead off the main Rush Pond Way path.
Cross country skiers need to be aware that the trails are not groomed and they are used by walkers, snowshoers and fat bikers. Conditions can be variable and icy in places. All users need to be prepared for seasonable conditions.   Be wary of ice conditions on the pond before venturing out, make sure ice is the proper thickness and safe.  Since they are ungroomed, the trails are perfect for skiing and walking with dogs in winter. Bring a four-legged friend along and suddenly the hills don’t seem so steep.
If fat biking interests you, head to Grey Ghost Bicycles in Glens falls and rent one.  See what all the hype is about for yourself..
Parking and Regulations:
Parking is located at the intersection of West Mountain Road and Gurney Lane in Queensbury. There is room for 6 to 10 cars. The trail system is open during daylight hours and all regulations are posted at the entrance. Leashed dogs are permitted on the trail. Motorized vehicles, fires and alcohol are prohibited.

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Location

Rush Pond Way Trail

42 Gurney Lane Queensbury, NY 12804
Queensbury, NY, 12804
43.360539, -73.706094

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