Floodwood Mountain is an excellent hike for all ages, makes and models of hikers. The terrain is moderate with only a short amount of steep sections. The views are amazing and a southern summit which is a bit further offers even better views. The trail does continue to the southern summit.
This hike is a great snowshoe trip for all ages, not recommended for skiing due to its steep terrain near the top. Parking would be a bit further away extending the hike distance by a bit.
Primary Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 86 and Route 3 follow Route 86 toward Paul Smiths. Continue for 5.0 miles to Route 186 on the left. Follow Route 186 to its end where it turns into Route 30 (approx. 4-miles). Follow Route 30 west for 5.75 miles to Floodwood Road on the right – this is easy to drive by. Follow Floodwood Road for 6.25 miles and watch for signs for Floodwood Mountain. There will be a turnoff on the left near the end.
From the gate you will be hiking along an access road to a Boy Scout camp, which has a hiker easement allowing you to pass through. Don’t follow the left fork in the road it leads to the camp; follow the signs for Floodwood Mountain. The trail leaves the road soon after the fork and begins a moderate climb over rocky terrain to a couple short steeper pitches that brings you to the highest summit on Floodwood Mountain. A sign on a tree clues you in the right direction to the Southern Summit. This section is marked and is only about 0.25 miles in length. There is a short steep descent over slab rock to a small rock scramble that gets you to the summit. Open views reward you with a relaxing space with views of the areas mountainous layout.
4.2 mile hike, RT, easy to moderate, Elevation: 2304’ Ascent: 675’
Family with Young Kids: Primary trail – 1.5 hours to summit
Experienced Hiker: Primary trail – 3/4 to 1 hour to summit
Out of Shape Hiker: Primary trail – 1.5 hours to summit