Baxter Mountain offers outstanding views and great blueberry picking in season, making it an excellent hike for the entire family.
It's a mostly moderate, 1.2 mile hike to the first summit. The path begins at a moderate grade as it passes under a power line, then there's a continuous climb over switchbacks for 0.8 mile, where the Beede Farm Trail comes in on the left. Go straight and work your way up a few steep steps to the first open rock.
This first lookout is not the summit — that's a bit farther along the ridge. Past the summit, a lesser-used trail descends to Beede Road in Keene Valley.
Trailhead: Leave Lake Placid on Route 73 and head west, toward Keene. Continue through Keene and turn left on Route 9N toward Elizabethtown. Continue for about 2 miles to the top of the hill and park at the trailhead on the right — look for the DEC sign. If you come to Baxter Mountain Tavern you have gone a bit too far.
Distance: 1.2 miles to the summit
Elevation: 2,440 feet
Ascent: 770 feet
Keep any dogs on a leash.
Winter Overview and Trail Conditions:
From the trailhead you will start snowshoeing very moderately and pass under a powerline before starting a continuous climb. There are several switchbacks that will lead you up the mountain for 0.8 miles. At 0.8 mile the Beede Farm Trail comes in on the left. Go straight and work your way steeply up the open rock and over steep terrain. The first lookout you come to is not the summit, the summit is a bit further along the ridge and is at the point where the trail starts to descend down to Beede Farm.
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: 2 to 3 hours
Experienced Snowshoers: 1.5 to 2 hours
Out of Shape Snowshoers: 2 to 3 hours
Leave Lake Placid on Route 73, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue through Keene and take a left onto Route 9N toward Elizabethtown. Continue to the top of Spruce Hill and park at the trailhead on the right.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
One: This is an excellent snowshoe for the entire family
Additional Important Information:
Secondary trails come up from Beede Farm in Keene Valley; please see Baxter Mountain in our Spring/Summer Pages for more details.