On beautiful days when the neighboring Noonmark Mountain is teeming with hikers, you’ll find a bit of solace by trekking up to the rock outcropping summit of Rooster Comb. Starting from the parking lot on the west side of NY 73 just south of Keene Valley, begin hiking west through a swampy bit of trail protected by planks. The first 2.5 miles of the hike (gaining just over 1,500 feet) are the real challenge of the day, but there are plenty of trailside distractions to keep your mind wandering while your lungs and legs are throbbing. En route to the Rooster Comb summit, you’ll pass a gnarly root-and-rock formation (straight out of MoMA), an optional overlook detour, and a steep trail ladder (straight out of a treehouse).
At the rock outcropping summit of Rooster Comb, take in expansive views of the Adirondack Preserve (and High Peaks) before backtracking to the trailhead, or turn the trip into a loop by hiking down the Flume Creek drainage. It’s also possible to tack on an additional summit with a 1.1-mile out-and-back to the summit of Snow Mountain.
-Mapped by Berne Broudy, AuthenticOutdoors.com