The trail register is located near the yellow state gate. From here, you will begin a mellow hike along an old carriage road for 1.2 miles. This will be on a mostly flat grade along a snowmobile trail to the junction for Debar Mountain. Take this left toward Debar Mountain; there is a trail sign marking this trail intersection. From here, the trail remains relatively moderate but becomes very wet in areas. After a couple short climbs, you will come to the Debar lean-to at 0.8 mile shy of the summit.
Once past the lean-to, the climb becomes more aggressive and remains wet and a bit slippery. The trail will sweep by the base of a relatively new slide. The trail then climbs along the slide to its left before climbing very steeply over rocky terrain. Once atop here, the grade moderates a bit and eases out to the summit rock. The summit has outstanding views of the area offering a 180 degree view of the surroundings. This is a great place to bask in the sun on a hot day.
Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in Tupper Lake, follow Route 3/30 toward Saranac Lake. Where Route 3 and Route 30 split continue on Route 30 as it passes through Lake Clear and Paul Smiths. Continue on Route 30 for 11 miles from Paul Smiths to State Campground Road (Meacham Lake) on the right. Follow this road to the entrance to the campground on the left. Once in the campground follow the roads to the trailhead which is located on the left side of the campground down a narrow dirt road.
Distance Round Trip: 7.4 miles
Elevation: 3,305 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,725 feet