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Adirondack Park, NY: Snow Mountain

Opt for this lesser-hiked Adirondack summit southeast of Lake Placid and you’ll be rewarded with expansive High Peaks views and a bit of easy rock scrambling.

Rating

When the neighboring Noonmark Mountain is teeming with hikers, head north to the trailhead just south of Keene Valley (on the west side of NY 73) to tackle the moderate climb up to Snow Mountain. Begin hiking west through a swampy bit of trail protected by planks before the grade steepens (roughly 1,200 feet of elevation gain) up the Flume Creek drainage on the Sachs Trail.
Less than 2 miles in, turn left for the 1.1-mile out-and-back to the rock outcropping summit of Snow Mountain. After passing the bailout trail down to St. Huberts, you’ll tackle some easy rock scrambling en route to Snow Mountain’s summit. Trek past the true summit for the overlook payoff where you’ll spot the neighboring Rooster Comb to the west as well as Noonmark and Round Mountains to the southeast. Soak in the views before backtracking to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Berne Broudy, AuthenticOutdoors.com

To Trailhead

Take I-87 to exit 30 and head north-northwest on US 9. Continue 2.2 miles and merge onto NY 73. Go 8.1 miles to trailhead parking on the left.

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