St. Regis Mountain
St. Regis Mountain is a fairly long hike, but the gradually increasing difficulty puts its spectacular fire tower views within reach of most hikers. There are also fantastic views from the peak's open ledges, making this hike a fall favorite!
Follow the access road at the back of the parking area to reach the trailhead sign, which is a short distance down on the right.
The trail starts as a gentle woods walk with a steadily increasing elevation. There are areas of giant glacial errata, and as the climb slowly increases some ridges begin to appear. The last part has stone staircases, and at the end there's some rock scrambling, but it's all relatively easy.
The fire tower has recently been renovated, but the view is great on the summit, too.
Distance Round Trip:
6.8 miles. Most fast hikers can complete this hike in a few hours, but it can take half a day for others to do the round trip.
Take Route 86 west from Lake Placid and turn right at the T-intersection in Saranac Lake, toward Paul Smiths, to stay on 86. At Paul Smith's College, turn right on Route 30 then take the first left on Keese Mill Road. Follow Keese Mill Road for just under 3 miles to the trailhead parking on the left.