Much of this destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is highly recommended. When traveling off-trail you will experience hazards not realized on a trail, expect more difficult and varying conditions and always lean toward safety as a priority.
How to get there
From the intersection of Route 28 and Limekiln Road in Inlet, follow Limekiln Road. Continue to Moose River Plains Road on the left and follow here. Continue on Moose River Plains Road to Otter Brook Road which will be your second right. Follow here for around 3.3 miles to the Cedar Lakes/Lost Pond Trail on the left.
From the trailhead you will start along an old forest road and pass by a couple boulders blocking car access and a large washed out area. After about 0.6 miles you will come to the old site of the parking area, now unpassable to this point by car.
The trail climbs steadily but not difficultly at any time and the old forest road narrows as it begins to get grown in by vegetation. At about 2.5 miles you will come to the crossing of Jimmy Creek, an old metal sign marks the creek by name. The creek under dryer conditions is a wonderful rock hop and is recommended that this trip be done under those conditions, high water and wet conditions makes this trip much less desirable.
The creek continues to gain elevation as you rock hop over boulders and rocks of all sizes, some are wet and can be slippery but most of all not. Small waterfalls dot the course of the brook and empty into small pools, perfect for a cooling dip. At just under a mile for the trail the brook splits, but the split to Jimmy Pond is very hard to see, this is where a GPS is very handy. Once on the secondary creek it is very difficult to rock hop so it needs to be hiked along the side until large sections of slab rock come into play. Once on the slab rock the going is the best yet. The slab rock will bring you to a marshy are where you should approach on the right and get into the grassy shore. The grassy shore will bring you back to rock as you finally reach the edge of the small, shallow pond. A wonderful site, for sure.
Distance ROUND TRIP
It can take experienced hikers 6 hours to complete this trip. This route is not recommended for people with kids or for inexperienced hikers.