Morgan Mountain

  • Franklin Falls Road, Wilmington


Outstanding views exist along the ridge if you were to follow to the southwest. An open ledge gives outstanding views of Whiteface and Esther as well as the Jay Range off in the distance.

To approach Morgan Mountain from the south you should use the Cooper Kiln Pond Trail for the best direct access. From the trailhead the trail starts out on a flat course before swinging right and gaining elevation. This route can be a very wet hike most times of the year. During the rainy season it can have running water on the trail. The climb along the trail at this point starts to get very steep before topping out on the shoulder of Morgan Mountain, to your right.

From here you will enter the untrailed forest with no herd-path development. The terrain is a bit steep but the forest is rather open. The summit is fully wooded but a summit tree should have a ribbon upon it. A sign used to mark the summit, but it has since been removed.

This is a "trailless" hike which requires bushwhacking and expertise with map and compass. We also recommend GPS and/or Map and Compass, eye protection, and long pants with over-the-ankle footwear.

4.2 miles RT, Challenging Climb with steep terrain, Elevation: 3440'


From the main intersection in Wilmington, where Route 86 meets The Whiteface Memorial Highway follow the Highway. Continue for 2.9 miles to Franklin Falls Road on the right and follow Franklin Falls Road for 0.6 miles to the trailhead on the right for Cooper Kiln Pond. Be sure not to take the left to the toll gate for Whiteface Mountain.

Time in hours:

Family with Young Kids: Not recommended

Experienced Hiker: To Summit: 1.5 Round Trip: 3.5 or longer, depending on trail conditions

Out of Shape Hiker: Not recommended