Adirondack Park: Scarface Mountain

Take in Olympic history, a marsh, and views of Saranac Lakes on the 3.7 miles to this weathered High Peaks summit.
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Take in Olympic history, a marsh, and views of Saranac Lakes on the 3.7 miles to this weathered High Peaks summit.

Mapped by Steffan Fay

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.9

Waypoints

SCA001

Location: 44.2976303100586, -74.0761337280274

Follow campground road 200 ft. to trailhead, then head S on footpath that winds through pines

SCA002

Location: 44.296630859375, -74.0766296386719

Path turns R and parallels a lone RR track through the forest

SCA003

Location: 44.2961692810059, -74.0814666748047

Turn L and cross RR track; head S on easy path that leads into woods

SCA004

Location: 44.2922592163086, -74.0797729492188

Walk the wooden boardwalk through marsh near Ray Brook; trail veers SW

SCA005

Location: 44.2904205322266, -74.0822296142578

Continue SW

SCA006

Location: 44.2837905883789, -74.0906066894531

Trail passes the remains of a foundation. Former Olympic Village from Lake Placid games lies behind trees on R (now a medium-security prison)

SCA007

Location: 44.2814102172852, -74.0940399169922

Turn L @ 3-way, heading S

SCA008

Location: 44.2786903381348, -74.091667175293

A creek flows over mossy rocks. In 100 yds., cross creek

SCA009

Location: 44.2696495056152, -74.0838470458984

Turn R; begin brief scramble up rock face with views of Saranac Lakes

SCA010

Location: 44.268009185791, -74.0792465209961

Trail crests summit ridge and false summit. Ahead, trail ends; begin off-trail trek, heading SE along ledges to gain wooded summit

SCA011

Location: 44.2649726867676, -74.0739974975586

Scarface Mtn. (3,058 ft.): Though lacking in views, this less-traveled summit offers a quiet retreat; retrace route