From the VIC parking area, cross the paved road and locate the gated woods road which will be to your right and a bit further down from the gazeebo. Once on the woods road you will have a flat hike for quite some time with just small gently sloping hills in front of you. The trail slowly comes to a slight descent before leveling off again and making a hard left. Passing by a couple attractive beaver ponds the trail will sweep around the base of the mountain before climbing steeply to the somewhat open summit. Outstanding views will await you as you look over the waterways in the area and gaze upon some very attractive wilderness peaks.
From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 3 in Tupper Lake follow Route 3/30 toward Saranac Lake. Once Route 3 and Route 30 split take a left and follow Route 30 toward Fish Creeks. Stay on Route 30 and pass through Lake Clear and Paul Smiths. 1.0 miles past Paul Smiths College, locate the VIC entrance on the left. Parking is just down the road a ways.
Distance Round Trip:
Elevation Gain or Loss:
Time Round Trip:
Family with Young Kids: 5 to 6 hours
Experienced Hiker: 4 to 4.5 hours
Out of Shape Hiker: 5 to 6 hours