Upper Wolfjaw Mountain

Hiking

This hike features a treed summit and some steep portions of the trail. Part of the Gothics, Armstrong Mountain, Upper & Lower Wolfjaw Mountain loops, and a great place to stop for lunch.

Don't be fooled by its dramatic "false summit." That first, flat plateau with a great view isn't the actual peak! Go about 500 yards further down the trail and look about 10 yards off it.

This is the 29th of the 46 highest peaks in the Adiorndacks.

Upper Wolfjaw Trailhead: Part of the Great Range, with trailheads at Adirondack Loj or in Keene Valley. The shortest approach is from the Ausable Club. See description for Lower Wolf Jaw via the Wedge Brook Trail. At the junction 1.6 miles up from the West River Trail, bear left to Wolf Jaw Notch. From here it is a very steep 0.5 mi. to the false summit and another 0.4 miles to the actual summit.

12 miles RT, Demanding Hike, Elevation 4185’

Time in hours: Family with Young Kids: not recommended
Experienced Hiker: To Summit: 3.0 Round Trip: 6.5
Out of Shape Hiker: not recommended

Some photos courtesy of summitpost.org. Read their blog post about this hike!

Snowshoeing

Peak Name

Upper Wolfjaw Mountain (UWJ)

Most Popular Winter Trailhead 

The Garden

Elevation

4185’

Round Trip Distance

12.8 miles, Upper Wolfjaw only, 13.8 miles with Lower Wolfjaw Mountain (LWJ)

Average Round-trip Time

8 to 10 hours, 9 to 11 hours with Lower Wolfjaw Mountain

Winter Obstacles to be Aware Of

Nothing out of the ordinary

Route Overview

UWJ is often climbed with LWJ and/or the rest of the lower Great Range including Armstrong and Gothics, but please see those pages for additional details. The Garden is the most popular starting location from the Wolfjaw Mountains. The trail from AMR is not as popular even though it does get some winter activity. 

From The Garden 

From the parking lot start snowshoeing along the Northside Trail for just over 3-miles to the intersection with the Interior Outpost and JBL.  Take a left here and pass by the interior outpost and pass over the suspension bridge. A quick left will bring you to the Wolfjaw Trail on the right. Follow here and stay left and pass by the lean-to. This area is quite scenic especially after the new slide cam e down in the not-so-distant past. This trail is a steady climb but not a difficult one. On most days the trail is packed solid by heavy use. 

You will come to Wolfjaw Notch where you will follow the trail to the right and start your final climb to the summit of UWJ. The final climb isn’t all that steep, but it is the steepest portion of the day. The trail continues over the summit to Armstrong Mountain.  

Via Armstrong Mountain

Please see the Armstrong Mountain page for details

Essential Gear

Wind protection is a must

Please refer to our basic list of winter gear recommendations for day trips and remember this list is only a recommendation and you should take into light your experience, group size, length of trip, conditions, weather forecast, and any unforeseen incidences. 

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