Short But Sweet Adirondack Hikes: Owls Head Mountain
A perfect hike for children, puppies, and anyone who likes almost immediate scenic view gratification, Owls Head Mountain is a local favorite short and sweet Adirondack hike.
Located minutes from the Village of Lake Placid, the trailhead for this little rocky peak is found just off of New York State Route 73, east of Lake Placid about 3.6 miles past the Cascade Mountain trailhead. To start this 1.1 mile round-trip hike, take Route 73 out of Lake Placid for approximately 11 miles, heading down the hill towards Keene, and make a right at a sign for Owls Head Acres. From there follow the dirt road for approximately .2 mile when the road makes a sharp right and look for the small green sign marking the start.
The moderate .55 mile trek to the summit features great views of the surrounding Adirondack Mountains along the way and takes about 20 minutes to complete. Hikers can enjoy wild blueberries and surprisingly stunning views of Pitchoff, Giant, and Hurricane Mountains at the top of this sweet little treat.
The summit of Owls Head Mountain is a perfect spot for a snack and water break.
The peaks of Pitchoff Mountain and New York State Route 73 winding up to Lake Placid, as seen from the top of Owls Head Mountain.
Giant Mountain viewed from the top of Owls Head.
Cascade and Porter Mountains, and the gulley between the two, as seen from the summit Owls Head Mountain.
A dose of Adirondack mountaintop scenery is a perfect addition to any perfect Adirondack day. For an investment of less than 90 minutes, a hike up Owls Head Mountain offers a short and sweet path to perfection in the Adirondacks.
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