Don’t end your hike with a parking ticket

To avoid congestion and potentially dangerous situations, parking on the shoulder of Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Rooster Comb trailhead is off limits. Parking on the shoulder of the road near the Cascade Mountain trailhead is also off limits. Shuttles are available. read more

Hiking

This aptly-named mountain is the first summit on the East Trail to Rocky Peak and Giant at 1.9 miles from Rt. 9.

Berries in season? The best ones are beyond the first lookout (1.9 miles) on the summit ledges at 2.2 miles. This hike is good for the entire family, but may be a bit long for really young children.

This is a 2.2 mile hike, one way, over easy to moderate terrain. From the trailhead you won’t be on the level for very long before the trail starts a serious ascent to high country.

The trail sweeps around a couple unnamed little knobs before making a final push to the first viewing point at 1.6 miles. Just past here there is another view to the right at 1.8 miles and then an intersection with the Blueberry Cobbles Cut-off Trail on the right. Bear left and continue slightly uphill to blueberry heaven and some additional nice views. The trail continues over the top of Blueberry Cobbles and eventually to Rocky Peak Ridge.

Trailhead

Leave Lake Placid on Route 73, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Drive through Keene, Keene Valley and Saint Huberts. Take a left onto Route 9 toward Elizabethtown. Continue for 5 miles to the trailhead on the left.

4.4 miles RT, Easy Climb, Elevation: 2053’

Time in hours:

Family with Young Kids: 2.0 hours to summit

Experienced Hiker: 1.0 hours to summit

Out of Shape Hiker: 1.5 hours to summit

Snowshoeing

This is a good trail for learning how to summit with snowshoes.

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