Round Mountain is a seldom visited gem in comparison to other local peaks in the area. With a somewhat aggressive climb to its bald summit, you won’t be short for adventure or exhilarating views.
If you have the extra in you, use the two trails below as a one-car loop option or loop out over Noonmark Mountain for added time on the trail with even more wonderful views.
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 Round Mountain is directly across the road.
This 2.4 mile, one way, hike is over moderate to steep terrain. From the parking lot continue to walk up the dirt road for a few hundred feet to the trail for Round Mountain on the left. The trail starts out climbing almost right off and delivers you to a high plateau where there are excellent views out over the Beer Walls. From here the trail continue to be moderate but soon climbs more aggressively as it approaches the open rock summit. The top of this mountain is spotted with open rock overlooks and continuing mountain vistas.
Secondary Trailhead: Start from the same location as above.
This 2.5 mile, one way, hike is over moderate to steep terrain. From the parking lot continue to walk up the dirt road for around 0.25 miles to the trailhead for Noonmark Mountain, which is also a private driveway. Follow the drive to the foot trail which diverges to the right 0.2 mi. from the road just before reaching a large barn. From this point the trail is moderate as it follows an old woods road. At about 1.5 miles from the trailhead you will come to the Round Mountain Trail on the left. This trail intersection can be easily missed if one isn’t paying close attention.
From here the climb begins to be a bit more serious. The terrain steepens as you ascend and eventually you will come to more open rock scrambling. This is a lead in to the summit views and rocky outcropping found on the summit area.
5 miles RT, Moderate Climb, Elevation: 3070’
The Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR) is a private preserve with public easements, subject to the following restrictions: no dogs, hikers must stay on marked hiking trails, hikers are not allowed to swim, boat, or fish in the Ausable Lakes. Full rules are posted at the Trail Register.
This makes for a challenging snowshoe with steep patches and rock scrambling.
Snowshoers are not allowed to cross the frozen lakes in winter.