Catamount Mountain

Hiking

Also known as Cat Mountain, since "catamount" is old slang for any medium-sized or large wild cat, especially a cougar, many of whom which once roamed the Adirondacks.

A couple of small rolling hills will soon bring you to a steep slope. Partway up the slope is an old power house, long abandoned. The trail along the slope is a bit hard to follow, but look carefully and you'll see it. Small switchbacks will bring you to the mostly wooded summit. There is one small opening through the woods where views can be enjoyed.

Catamount is an old fire tower peak, but the tower has been removed – private ownership has reopened the trail to the public to its summit. Passing through the wooden gate you will be on an old woods road, and several small trails will come in on both sides. Continue straight on the main trail, which stays mainly in a straight course to the base of the peak.

Trailhead

Janack's Landing Trail extends 0.2 miles from a trailhead and lean-to on the shores of Dead Creek Flow of Cranberry Lake to the High Falls Loop Trail. This leads to a shorter 5.4 mile round trip route.

Land-based trailhead is the Dead Creek Flow Trailhead on the High Falls Loop Trail. Take a spur trail of 0.7 miles to the shoulder of Cat Mountain. This trail goes past Glasby, Cat Mountain, and Bassout Ponds. The summit offers a view of the giant blowdown from the July 1995 derecho.

Elevation:

1,825 feet

Ascent:

480 feet

Distance Round Trip:

9 miles RT, moderately challenging

Camping

Lean-to at the trailhead of Janacks Landing, on the southeastern shore of Dead Creek Flow. Access  from the water or via the 0.2 mile spur trail off the High Falls Loop Trail..

Snowshoeing

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids: 3 to 3.5 hours

Experienced Snowshoers: 2 to 3 hours

Out of Shape Snowshoers: 3 to 3.5 hours

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in Tupper Lake, follow Route 3 toward Cranberry Lake. Turn left on Route 56, toward Potsdam, follow it for about 10 miles to the trailhead on the right. There is wooden gate at the trailhead. The trail is on private property, but open to the public for use – there will be no DEC signs or trail markers.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

One: The is a nice, mellow snowshoe.

Additional Important Information

Be sure to use the maps provided in the trail register. The trails are not well marked, and the map is very handy to navigate the trail system. 

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