This is a wonderful open peak with a fire tower that is being restored and can now be climbed, even though the tower is not needed for some of the best views in the High Peaks. During the summer and fall of 2014 this trail was almost completely relocated to avoid all of the steepest and most eroded sections. The hike to the summit is now 3.4 miles — 0.8 mile longer than before — but overall it's a much more enjoyable hike. The attached blog describes the old trail.
The trail leaves the north side of Route 9N 3.5 miles east of the junction of Route 9N and Route 73.
The trail climbs via new switchbacks to a first view at 0.4 miles, levels out, crosses a series of bridges across beaver swamps, an then resumes climbing, soon diverging left from the old trail. At 2.8 miles the trail comes to a ledge with a view ahead of the tower on the summit. The tower looks further away than it actually is, and after a second ledge at 2.9 miles the grade eases to a junction with the trail from Crow Clearing, coming in from the left at 3.2 miles. On the descent make sure everyone in the group makes the left turn at this junction. Past this junction, the trail is levels briefly before beginning the final rocky scramble to the summit at 3.4 miles.
Trailhead: Take Route 73 east from Lake Placid and turn left onto Route 9N after 15.5 miles. The parking area is 3.5 miles farther on the right, the trailhead is on the left.
Distance: 3.4 miles one way
Elevation: 3,678 feet
Some photos courtesy of the adirondackhikes.blogspot.com. Read their blog post about this hike!