TR Mountain is a trailless peak, so hikers should keep that in mind if planning to venture here. In the 1990s, this mountain was named by New York Governor George Pataki. Of course, TR stands for Teddy Roosevelt who was a New York governor prior to becoming president of the United States.
How to get there
The best way to approach this mountain is from the Van Hoevenberg Trail leading to Mt. Marcy. Hikers can reach this from the Adirondack Mountain Club's Adirondack Loj property. To get there, travel on Route 73 out of Lake Placid toward Keene. There is a sign marking the way to the Loj on Route 73. Turn right there and follow the road all the way to the end. Parking is managed by the Adirondack Mountain Club; there is a fee.
By the numbers
- Mountain elevation: 3820 feet
- Distance: TR Mountain is just 1/4 mile off the trail. Don't let the smaller number fool you: this is a bushwhack. There is 4.5 miles of trail hiking, one way, plus a bushwhack.
Keep in mind, this hike is a bushwhack and requires the use of map and compass to safely complete.
Leaving from the parking lot at the High Peaks Information Center, follow the Van Hoevenberg Trail toward Marcy Dam. The trail has some ups and downs for 2.3 miles before reaching Marcy Dam. The trail takes a sharp left and goes over a newly constructed bridge (2012) across the water. There is another trail register here; please be sure to sign in again. Take a right at the register and then a left at the next junction, following blue markers. The trail continues to gradually climb to Phelps Brook at 2.5 miles. From here there are some stream crossings and campsites. (Remember, no fires in this part of the High Peaks.) At 3.2 miles the trail to Phelps Mountain comes in on the left. Continue straight and climb steeply to the junction near Indian Falls.
Just before Indian Falls, the trail levels. You are due east of TR Mountain now, 1/4 mile away. This is where your bushwhack begins. There are a couple small clearings; one might have orange ribbon, apparently the highest point. There are no views from here. However, there is a viewpoint on the eastern edge of the summit looking toward Mount Marcy and Haystack.