Noonmark is one of the higher mountains in the Adirondacks and is part of the Adirondack 100-highest peaks. With outstanding views and fun climbing experiences this tends to be a very popular hike in the summer and fall. Combine the two trails below for a great loop, or add in Round Mountain for an added peak and a longer day in the mountains.
Primary Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 86 and Route 73 in Lake Placid, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue through Keene and Keene Valley and proceed to Saint Huberts. Locate the trailhead for Giant Mountain and Roaring Brook Falls on the left. The parking for Noonmark is directly across the road.
This 2.4 mile, one way, hike is over moderate to steep terrain. From the parking lot (parking is not permitted on the road past the parking area) walk up the dirt road for around 0.25 miles to the register at the trailhead for Noonmark Mountain. The trail starts on a private driveway for 0.2 mi. before the foot trail bears right just before a large barn at the end of the driveway. From this point the trail is moderate as it follows an old woods road. At a bit over 0.5 miles from the trailhead you will come to the intersection for Noonmark Mountain on the right. From here the trail climbs much more aggressively through an attractive mixed forest. As you ascend, the approach becomes a bit more demanding and you will find more rock slab under foot and a trail lined with attractive cedars. The final approach to the summit is quite steep over open rock, and the views begin to unfold. The open rock summit gives you a 360 degree view of the High Peaks Region. Just over the summit is the trail to Round Pond, outlined below.
Secondary Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 86 and Route 73 in Lake Placid, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue through Keene, Keene Valley and Saint Huberts. Continue up over the long hill past Chapel Pond on the right and continue another mile to the trailhead on the right. This is the trail for Round Pond and Dix Mountain.
This 3.5 mile, one way, hike is over moderate to steep terrain. From the parking area you will need to hike up the roadside for 100-feet or so to the actual trail on the right. The trail starts off very steep to above Route 73 before it levels off and moderately approaches Round Pond. Hike around Round Pond and ascend above it to the next trail intersection. This is a four-way intersection. Left is Dix Mountain, right is the trail between Round Mt. and Noonmark that leads back to the primary trailhead, and straight is the Felix Adler trail up Noonmark.
From here the trail starts out moderate before climbing a bit more aggressively over a rutted course to some rocky ledges. The final approach is quite steep with some seriously steep steps. The top of the trail brings you to open views just below the summit.
5.6 miles RT from the parking area or 6.3 miles as a loop via the Stimson and Felix Adler trails, Moderate to challenging climb, Elevation 3556’ Ascent, 2,175'
Family with Young Kids: Primary trail – 2.5 hours to summit, Secondary Trail – 3.0 hours to summit
Experienced Hiker: Primary trail – 1.5 hours to summit, Secondary Trail – 2.0 hours to summit
Out of Shape Hiker: Primary trail – 2.0 hours to summit, Secondary Trail – 2.5 hours to summit