Debar Mountain Trail

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Debar Mountain Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Duane, New York that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.

4.7 miles 1771 feet Out & Back







This is a relatively easy hike with a steep final ascent to a partially open summit with several overlooks.

2 months ago

A nice hike to do if you're staying at Meacham Lake Campground. I did this in the summer and saw lots of bear signs. From the trailhead you follow an old road and then after about a mile the trail branches to the left. The grade remains gentle until you come to a lean-to.After that, for the last half mile or so, its a steep ascent to the summit. There are good views north towards Quebec but trees just below the summit rock obstruct the view right below.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Nice hike! Look for campsite 37, this is where the dirt road to the trailhead/ login is.
It about a half mile from campsite 37 to the parking lot.
From the log in, it is about a 3 mile hike up a gradual ascent to the lean too. Lovely walk through a mixed hardwood forest!
From the lean too on, it gets a bit tough. It's a steep climb for about 8/10 of a mile, or so.
On the day we hiked the ground was wet, and with the exposed tree roots, bare rocks, and wet leaves, it made for a challenging hike to the summit.
We were hiking with our dog, Stella. During this last scramble we kept her leashed both up and down this section of trail. Both too help her find the right path up, and later down what was a somewhat treacherous climb.
Slow but sure here was the key!
Upon reaching the summit there is a nice rock ledge to rest up and have lunch.
Unfortunately we had a rolling fog on top that limited our view. It did lift a bit, and I am sure it's a great view on a clear day.
Our descent actually took a bit longer than the ascent. 1 . 50 mins up, 2 hours and five mins down.
All in all this is a great mountain to hike. We saw a total of 4 groups of 12 people, and 3 dogs.
Well worth the time!!


6 months ago

It started off easy, but became a nice steep climb at the end. Loved it!

8 months ago

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9 months ago

The trail starts out by campsite 37 at the Mecham Lake Public Campground. The campground has showers and was not very crowded on spring Sunday.
It's a great hike, trail is very visible.
When you get to the top the rock formation on your left is the summit.
There are other trails there to explore.

9 months ago

1 year ago

Enjoyed it :)

1 year ago

Good long relatively flat trail to the base. Beautiful views at the top. We hung out on the summit for a while and lollygagged a bit and it took us 5 hours rt. We've had some dry times so the trails were not wet.

1 year ago

A very easy walk in to the base of the mountain along old truck roads. Really not much climbing in the first 3 km, then a nice steady climb up the side of the adjacent hill to a DEC hut. Once the hut was passed, there is a short descent across the shoulder of the hill to the old ranger cabin. After that - the climb gets steeper, requiring hands is several places. It was wet and slick when we ascended, and some places were a bit slippery.
At the top, the trail makes a sharp left up onto the open summit rock, but many people have missed the turn and continued over and past the summit before realizing and turning back.

Nice views over Meacham Lake, and to the west and north.

Not as busy as some hikes in the area and a few deadfalls over the trail. Only one other couple on the trail on a nice fall Sunday.

2 years ago

Was a fantastic challenging climb and did it with my granddaughter who was 13 years old at the time. It took us 6.5 hrs to complete and it cost her her running shoes. She wore the soles right off them. Beautiful vista when you reach the pinnacle.

2 years ago

my first mountain...