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Adirondack Park: Echo Cliff

This quick, 1.5-miler in the Adirondacks climbs to Echo Cliff, a rocky perch with more tree-free views than its big brother, Panther Mountain.

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Located on the western side of Piseco Lake, this 1.7-mile out-and-back to Echo Cliff—a rocky overlook below Panther Mountain—is a short physical challenge that rewards with expansive tree-free views of Piseco Lake and the Adirondacks. From the trailhead, hike west from Piseco Lake Road, following blue NYSDEC marks through a hardwood forest mix of maple, beech, and birch. The climb starts with a mellow incline but steepens after passing a rock slab.
A half mile in, the trail skirts a small shoulder on the mountain and then passes a flat-top boulder before heading upward again through scattered boulders. Scramble up rock and the exposed roots of a hemlock to reach the summit perch. From here, enjoy views to the east across Piseco Lake and out to Spy Lake (southeast). Reward yourself with a cliff-top snack before backtracking down to the road.
-Mapped by Lisa Densmore, DensmoreDesigns.com

To Trailhead

From NY 8 at the southwestern corner of Piseco Lake, turn north on West Shore Rd. Note: The road sign may be missing, but look for the brown and gold NYSDEC sign at the turn. Go 2.5 miles to the trailhead for "Panther Mountain" on the left side of the road; park at turnout on the right side of road.

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