This hike is the perfect leg stretcher for travelers along NY 28 heading to the Old Forge-Inlet area of the Adirondacks. This is a simple 0.5 mile hike to a scenic lake near McKeever on Conservation Easement Lands for public recreation in an area known as the John Brown Tract.
The name JBT Gull Lake distinguishes this Gull Lake from other Gull Lakes in the region. JBT stands for John Brown Tract, which is where this scenic Gull Lake is located. There is an overall elevation gain of 89 feet for this easy hike.
The Gull Lake Trail starts on the left (south) side of the parking area. There is an opening into the woods and you reach a trail register immediately. The trail then turns left on an old logging road and climbs a couple of short, steep sections. At 0.2 miles the trail turns right off the old logging road road. The trail crosses a recently logged area before dropping down to reach the rocky shore of this scenic lake.
Directions: To reach the trailhead, it is about 0.2 miles from the Nelson Lake Trailhead heading toward Old Forge on the left off NY 28 nearly 2.9 miles from the Moose River bridge. There is a DEC Conservation Easement Parking sign and a large parking area just off NY 28. The GPS coordinates of the parking area is N43 38.957 W75 04.757 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle.