Surprise Lake (via Bearfort Ridge)
Difficulty: 7 out of 10 (long hike over very rocky terrain with a few steep sections)
Highlights: beautiful lake, NYC views, rhododendron tunnel, very nice overlook
Distance: 6.0 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 4 - 5 Hours
Total ascent: 1,240 ft
Max elevation: 1,418 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You don’t mind stepping on a few (thousand) rocks to see some gorgeous woods, nice views and a beautiful, tucked-away lake.