Coney is home to a new trail; while the old one once followed a property line the new one has a trailhead consistent to what you would find any place in the park. Perfect for the entire family, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t visit this gem.
Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in the Village of Tupper Lake follow Route 30 toward Long Lake. Follow here for just under 12-miles to trailhead on the left. A state DEC sign marks the location.
This 1.1 mile, one way, hike is over easy to moderate terrain. Most of the trail is rocky and still has that new trail smell, so footing is a bit rough in areas, but quickly becoming heavily traveled. The trail will sweep you around the steep western slopes of the mountain as the open forest sends sun rays down on your shoulders. As the trail steepens a bit, it continues to contour its way around to the northern slopes of Coney Mountain and then meets up with the original trail just below the summit. The last section is over slab rock, no scrambling is necessary. The views start to open up with Goodman Mountain to the north and Mount Morris to the northeast. The waters of Tupper Lake can be seen to the north as well and the wooded hills of the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest to the west. As far as views go, this is one of the best in the area, with the best bang for the buck.
Elevation Gain: 515’
Family with Kids: 1 hour to summit
Experienced Hiker: 30 minutes to summit
Out of Shape Hiker: 1 hour to summit
Winter Climbing: This trail is typically broken out by midday after a storm but can become quite slippery as you approach the summit, and typically very windy. This is a great snowshoe, not recommended for skiing.