Douglas Rock

This small peak is obscure with no real trail to the summit; but does have a series of logging roads that access you to just below. GPS, map and compass, and navigation experience is a must. This can only be accessed from September 1st to June 14th when the Boy Scout camp is not in session, all other dates the roads are closed to the public.  

From the gate follow the woods road for 0.3 miles or so to an unmarked, but obvious, forest road on the left. This will immediately climb a bit higher and come to a small field. The road continues to the back left but is much more obscure. This will bring you along a pleasant hike to a large log landing 0.3 miles from the summit. From here locate a very obscure overgrown logging road to the far side from where you entered; this will bring you to a height-of-land 0.15 miles from the summit, where it is a true bushwhack. The summit is wooded but there a decent views from the ledges on the east side.  

Trailhead Location: 

From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in the Village of Tupper Lake follow Route 3 toward Piercefield. Continue through Piercefield and locate the Massawepie Road on the left in the small Hamlet of Gale. Follow this road for just under 5-miles to a crossroads. Take a right here and then in a short distance a left and park about 0.3 miles down the road at the gate. If the gate is open do not proceed through, it could get locked behind you. There is ample parking near the gate.   

Distance Round Trip:

3.2 Miles

Elevation: 

1836’

Elevation Gain or Loss: 

300’

Time Round Trip:  

Family with Young Kids:     Not recommended

Experienced Hiker with navigation skills:         3 to 4 hours

Out of Shape Hiker:     Not recommended

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