Location: Mendon Ponds Park, Mendon
Directions: Take Clover Street (Route 65) south to
Mendon Ponds Park. Turn left (E) at the third entrance to the park on Pond Road.
Pass the nature center and Algonkian Shelter. Park at the Lookout Shelter parking area.
Alternative Parking: The nature center parking area
Hiking Time: 1.3 hours
Length: 2.5 mile loop
Difficulty: 2 boots
Surface: Mowed-grass and dirt
Trail Markings: Some signs and numbered posts at
are NOT allowed on this trail
Contact: Monroe County Parks
171 Reservoir Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620 (716) 256-4950
This trail offers an easy
stroll on a wide path. Cattails and bushes are encroaching on the pond, but water is still
visible at the southern end. Waterfowl and lily pads are plentiful in the remaining pond.
In spring and winter its a fun place to identify animal tracks (deer, raccoon,
beaver, etc.) in the mud. On a winter walk we watched a mink scurry across the ice. In
July weve enjoyed grazing on the raspberries and blackberries that line the
trail. You can make the hike longer by combining this walk with Birdsong Trail (#18) or
Mendon Grasslands Trail (#21).
From Lookout Shelter parking area, head west on the gravel trail. Immediately turn
At the Y, (junction marker #13) bear right (W).
At 0.2 mile, reach a T. Turn right (W).
At 0.4 mile, pass a trail to the left. (Its a boardwalk through the swamp and
can be taken as a shortcut.)
Bear left as you pass a trail to the right.
Pass a bench and cross a small wooden bridge over the swamp outlet.
At 0.5 mile, a trail to the right leads to the nature center. Continue straight
Continue straight through a trail intersection.
At 0.8 mile, pass a trail to the right. (It leads to Clover Street.)
Cross a culvert at 1.4 miles.
At 1.5 miles the trail bends left (SE).
Pass a trail to the right.
At the T, turn left (E). Finally youll see water.
Cross a wooden bridge over the pond outlet at 1.7 miles. (Notice that beavers had
once dammed this waterway.)
At the Y, bear left (NE).
Pass a trail to the right at 1.8 miles.
At 2.0 miles pass a trail to the left then quickly pass a trail to the right.
At 2.3 miles reach trail junction #14. Continue straight.
Cross a small wooden bridge.
At 2.3 miles, bear right (N) at the Y to head back to Lookout Hill and
Reach a T at junction marker #13 at 2.4 miles and turn right (NE).
At the last T turn right to return to the parking area.
Date Hiked: ___________
Chickadees along this trail love sunflower seeds