Floodwood Mountain is an excellent hike for the entire family. The terrain is moderate with only a short amount of steep sections. From the gate you will be hiking along a forest road, where a bit of flooding often occurs due to beaver activity. The road will split but don’t follow the left fork. 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. The views are amazing and a southern summit which is a bit further offers even better views.
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 for just over 9-miles to Floodwood Road on the left. Follow Floodwood Road to its end at the Floodwood Mountain Trailhead.
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Family with Young Kids: 4 to 5 hours
Experienced Hiker: 3 to 4 hours
Out of Shape Hiker: 4 to 5 hours