Named after Thomas Armstrong, a 19th Century lumberman, this climb features a huge ladder on one approach and several smaller ones on the other approach. Great views of the upper Great Range and Johns Brook Valley. This peak is often tackled as part of the Gothics, Armstrong, Upper Wolf Jaw Mountain & Lower Wolf Jaw Mountain loops.
Alternately, as a there-and-back trail from the Keene Valley trailhead (mapped below.)
This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 22 on the list.
Armstrong Trailhead: Leave Lake Placid on Route 73, follow Route 73 through Keene and Keene Valley and into Saint Huberts. Parking is across the road from the Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead for Giant Mountain. The approach is on the private property of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR) and dogs are absolutely prohibited in the game preserve.
This is 5.8 miles, one way with a moderate to steep ascent. From the parking lot you will initially have to follow a dirt road to a paved road next to a golf course. At 0.5 miles from the parking area, turn left and down between two tennis courts on Lake Road Way to get to the gate into the AMR. The AMR is a private property area with recreational easements, special rules apply to use and those are posted at the gate. At the gate you will need to hike the dirt access road for around 2.0 miles to the Gothics access trail on the right. This trail leads through the forest to a bridge over the Ausable River and then to the base of Beaver Meadow Falls.
The trail climbs steeply to the left of the falls over a ladder and slippery conditions to near the top of the falls. From this point the trail becomes a steady climb with a few steep sections and a couple smaller ladders to descend. This trail leads up to the Great Range Trail where Armstrong is to your right and Gothics to the left.
11.6 miles RT, Demanding Hike, Elevation 4400’
Time in hours: Family with Young Kids: not recommended
Experienced Hiker: To Summit: 3.0 Round Trip: 6.5
Out of Shape Hiker: not recommended
Some photos courtesy of summitpost.org. Read their blog post about this hike!