Noonmark is one of the higher mountains in the Adirondacks and is part of the Adirondack 100-highest peaks. With outstanding views and fun climbing experiences this tends to be a very popular hike in the summer and fall. Combine the two trails below for a great loop, or add in Round Mountain for an added peak and a longer day in the mountains.
This hike is accessed through a conservation easement with the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR). A parking reservation is needed from May 1 - October 31. Although it is called a “parking reservation,” everyone will need a reservation to access hikes leaving from AMR, whether you drove yourself, rode a bike, got dropped-off, or walked. These reservations can be made online via the AMR website. For more information, please read these FAQs or contact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
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 Noonmark is directly across the road.
By the numbers
- Elevation: 3,556 feet
- Elevation gained: 2,175 feet
- Milage: 2.4 miles, one way
This 2.4 mile, one way, hike is over moderate to steep terrain. From the parking lot (parking is not permitted on the road past the parking area), walk up the dirt road for around 0.25 miles to the register at the trailhead for Noonmark Mountain. The trail starts on a private driveway for 0.2 mi. before the foot trail bears right just before a large barn at the end of the driveway. From this point the trail is moderate as it follows an old woods road. At a bit over 0.5 miles from the trailhead you will come to the intersection for Noonmark Mountain on the right. From here the trail climbs much more aggressively through an attractive mixed forest. As you ascend, the approach becomes a bit more demanding and you will find more rock slab under foot and a trail lined with attractive cedars. The final approach to the summit is quite steep over open rock, and the views begin to unfold. The open rock summit gives you a 360 degree view of the High Peaks Region.