Leave the Perch Lake Shelter and stay to the right at the intersection with Ridge Trail
. The Lake Trail follows the lakeshore and you cross over the cross country ski trail on a 4-foot wide wooden bridge. The trail steadily climbs up and away from the lake until it intersects with Ridge Trail
. From this intersection, multiple running options are available by either turning left onto Ridge Trail
or going straight to Kathy's Loop
. Lake, Ridge, and Kathy's Loop
make a great route for beginners.