Catamount is an old fire tower peak, but the tower has been removed – private ownership has reopened the trail to the public to its summit. Passing through the wooden gate you will be on an old woods road, and several small trails will come in on both sides. Continue straight on the main trail, which stays mainly in a straight course to the base of the peak.
A couple of small rolling hills will soon bring you to a steep slope. Partway up the slope is an old power house, long abandoned. The trail along the slope is a bit hard to follow, but look carefully and you'll see it. Small switchbacks will bring you to the mostly wooded summit. There is one small opening through the woods where decent views can be enjoyed.
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: 3 to 3.5 hours
Experienced Snowshoers: 2 to 3 hours
Out of Shape Snowshoers: 3 to 3.5 hours
From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in Tupper Lake, follow Route 3 toward Cranberry Lake. Turn left on Route 56, toward Potsdam, follow it for about 10 miles to the trailhead on the right. There is wooden gate at the trailhead. The trail is on private property, but open to the public for use – there will be no DEC signs or trail markers.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
One: The is a nice, mellow snowshoe.
Additional Important Information:
Be sure to use the maps provided in the trail register. The trails are not well marked the map is very handy to navigate the trail system.