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  • #46
    Here is a second link to a newspaper story regarding Moxham Mountain trail
    Since there are dozens of mountains he's been talking about wanting to climb for years we often stop while driving along mountain roads to examine peaks and rocky outcrops from below so he can speculate on their hike-ability and possible views I don't think I can be blamed for not immediately recognizing the name Moxham Mountain. The rocky dome of Moxham rises majestically over Route 28 between North Creek and Minerva, tantalizing hikers like Herb with the potential for good views. [...] recently, the open cliff top could only be reached by bushwhack. [...] earlier this summer, the Department of Environmental Conservation cut a new trail up to the top, giving hikers easier access to a fantastic view over the Hudson River valley and Central Adirondacks. According to the state's unit management plan for the Vanderwacker Mountain Wild Forest, where Moxham is located, the mountain was originally called Jones Mountain, but was renamed after Robert Moxham, "who surveyed Dominick's Patent in 1798, and supposedly fell from the cliffs and died."

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    • #47
      It would've nice if posters would check with the landowner of the property on which a recommended peak is located.
      Mike

      ADK 46r #8003; 6W
      2nd round: 16
      SL6r #596
      Catskill 3500 21/39; 11W

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      • Makwa
        Makwa commented
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        This is a pretty old thread. Status of certain trails may have changed. Owl's Head on 73 and Thomas Mt on Lake George come to mind. What else has popped up?

    • #48
      We've come across some pretty great shorter trails that could be added to this list.

      -Mount Gilligan (2 mile RT) in Elizabethtown near the RPR trailhead. (Maintained by CATS).
      -Van Hoevenberg - A little surprised it isn't on the list! Love Van Hoe!
      -Silver Lake Mountain (2 mile RT) a bang for the buck!
      -Cheney Mountain (2 mile RT) - Near Port Henry. Some nice views of the ADK, VT & Lake Champlain. (Maintained by CATS).
      -Rattlesnake - (2.5 mile RT) - Willsboro - Privately owned & open to the public (aside for a weekend or two during hunting season). The Snake is a gem!
      -Wildway Lookout Trail (South Boquet Mountain - 2 mile RT) - This is a great trail for those with little kids. Follows an old logging road to a nice lookout over the Boquet Valley, Split Rock, Champlain & VT. (Maintained by CATS).

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      • #49
        Originally posted by Learning The Trails View Post
        We've come across some pretty great shorter trails that could be added to this list.
        ...
        Welcome, and thanks for contributing so quickly! I added these to the first post.
        Tom Rankin - 5444W, etc., etc.

        Web Master - NY Forest Fire Lookout Association
        Member #0003 - ADKHP Foundation
        Volunteer - Balsam Lake Mountain
        Past President - Catskill 3500 Club
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        • #50
          Originally posted by TFR View Post

          Welcome, and thanks for contributing so quickly! I added these to the first post.

          Awesome! Happy to contribute. I love exploring the "off the beaten path gems" & find them to be extremely rewarding (especially when crunched by time/weather/work/life). In my opinion, this sort of list that you're putting together is just as important as any "big hike list."

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          • #51
            Here's some more that have not been mentioned yet. All have interesting views...

            * Baker (Saranac 6er next to Moody Pond right in Saranac Lake)

            * Haystack Mt (also a Saranac 6er... next to McKenzie Mt)

            * Goodman Mt (mentioned in post #34 as a bushwhack. There is a trail there now. Part of the Tupper Lake Triad with Coney & Arab)

            * Sawyer Mt (between Indian Lake and Blue Mt Lake)

            * Severance Hill (northern side of Schroon Lake in the Hoffman Notch Wilderness)

            * Castle Rock (Blue Mountain Lake)

            * Potash Mountain (just outside Lake Luzerne. Recently cut trail as of Fall 2017)

            * Hackensack Mt (Warrensburgh)

            * Bartonville Mt (Brant Lake)

            * Prospect Mt (Lake George)... did nobody mention this one yet?

            * The Pinnacle (western side of Lake George between Cat Mt and Bolton Landing. Commanding view of the lake)

            * Mt Defiance (Ticonderoga. Short hike is on the paved toll road but the view is worth the climb)

            * Anthony's Nose (eastern shore of Lake George south of Ticonderoga looking north across lake at Rogers Rock)

            * Cook Mountain (mentioned above but worth repeating. Between Rogers Rock and Ticonderoga)

            * Meade & Beckham Mts (part of the Chester Challenge. Short steep climb. Get both from same trailhead.)

            * Kipp Mt (another one that's part of the Chester Challenge. Another short steep climb with some nice views)

            * Black Bear & Rocky Mts (part of the Fulton Chain Trifecta. Two trails from same parking area outside of Inlet. Great views from both.)

            * Blueberry Cobbles (mentioned above but worth repeating)


            I've written trip reports on all of these places. If you want details on any just do a search on the forum. All worth visiting. You can knock multiples in a day if you're so inclined as these are all in the 2-6 mile range with 1000 feet or less of ele gain (except Prospect which is ~1600').


            And some non-peak hikes:

            * OK Slip Falls (just before Indian Lake heading north on 28. Tallest waterfall in the Adirondacks.)

            * Blue Ledges (trailhead next to Huntley Pond outside Minerva)

            * Ferd's Bog (a few miles outside Eagle Bay/ Inlet. Tack it on the end of a day at Black Bear & Rocky. A mile round-trip to a unique location.)

            * Check out the Hamilton County Waterfall Challenge as well. Some great little hikes to around 20 different waterfalls. http://www.adirondackexperience.com/..._Challenge.pdf

            Last edited by Makwa; 07-25-2018, 03:02 PM.

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            • Learning The Trails
              Learning The Trails commented
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              Goodman is a fun one. The trail makes a "j" shape. So we bushwhacked from the summit down back to the forest road/trail to make a "b" shape.

              After we did the Triad we hit Panther Mountain (Saranac Lake) which is another quick bang for the buck. 1 mile RT with a nice view of Ampersand.

            • Makwa
              Makwa commented
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              Nice. The Tupper Triad is a fun little day. I too climbed 4 peaks in one day when I did it. But I came from the Stillwater fire tower then did the Triad. Also did it in winter. Good beginner winter outing. Nothing that's gonna get you in too much trouble if you're inexperienced.

              All of the hikes listed above were combined with other hikes on the days I did them. You sort of have to in order to make the drive from Albany worthwhile.

              I'll have to put Panther on my itinerary the next time I'm up that way. That's one I haven't gotten to yet.

            • Learning The Trails
              Learning The Trails commented
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              Makwa I hear ya. I like pairing up and stringing together small mountains myself. "Create a Hiking Challenge!"
              I'm from Albany but have spent the past 10 years in Plattsburgh. I wanted to do Panther after they used it as the substitute for the SL6er Relay last year... But I wasn't gonna drive 45 minutes just to do it by itself. It only takes a few minutes to climb - but it is steep. So, it seemed perfect for us to hit it on our way back from Tupper.
              I had originally planned to do the Triad in Winter but illness and meds derailed that plan. But, it made for a great Memorial Day challenge.

          • #52
            Maybe I missed it, but did I not see Snowy Mountain on here?
            "Not all those who wander are lost"

            Charlie's Adirondack Adventures

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          • #53
            Possibly just past the threshold of 'short' hikes?

            It's very subjective, I suppose I could add hundreds more if I felt like it...
            Tom Rankin - 5444W, etc., etc.

            Web Master - NY Forest Fire Lookout Association
            Member #0003 - ADKHP Foundation
            Volunteer - Balsam Lake Mountain
            Past President - Catskill 3500 Club
            CEO - Views And Brews

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            • #54
              This hasn't been updated in two years. I just discovered Floodwood Mtn, a short hike with a view of Tupper Lake. And, Rattlesnake Mountain is closed now by its landowner (just during the Pandemic?).
              Mike

              ADK 46r #8003; 6W
              2nd round: 16
              SL6r #596
              Catskill 3500 21/39; 11W

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              • #55
                St. Regis!

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