The 1,293 acres of R. Milton Hick Memorial State Forest include all stages of the cycle of forest management: mature mixed hardwoods, softwood plantations, young growth, and recent logging.
Recreational Activities at Hick State Forest
- Cross Country Skiing
From Pleasant Brook on State Highway 165, turn south on La Fleure Road. At .3 miles, take a left fork onto Perry Hill Road and continue up a steep hill to the trailhead parking area on the right, at 1.8 miles from State HIghway 165.
In winter, an alternative route with gentler grades is often preferrable. From County Highway 34, 3 miles north of Westford of 3.5 miles south of State Highway 165, turn north on Josclyn Road, which becomes Perry Hill Road, and continue 1 mile to the trailhead parking lot. Most of La Fleure Road, which also bisects Hick State Forest, is not maintained in winter.
The Susquehanna Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club maintains the Rosenboom Nordic Ski Trail here, marked with yellow trailmarkers. The trails mainly follow old logging roads and cross two low north-south ridges. They are generally easy walking, with occassional short, moderately steep climbs.
Beginning at the trail register, turn left and follow an old road, which soon ascends a short hill. At the T, the main trail goes to the left; the trail to the right deadends in a recently logged area. The main trail goes to La Fleure Road, turns right, and follows La Fleure for about a third of a mile to a turnoff to the left. At this point, a short detour to the right will bring you to a large pond.
- For a loop of about 2.5 miles from the trail register, continue straight on La Fleure Road for .25 miles. Look for the trail sign on the right and follow the yellow markers back to the parking area.
- For a longer loop (a little over 3 miles from the trail register), turn left from La Fleure Road. The trail leads to the top of a ridge offering nice views to the west. At the four corners, it turns right and continues back to La Fleure Road. Turn right on La Fleure Road and watch for the trail sign about 200 yards on the left; follow the yellow trailmarkers back to the parking area.