Moxham Mountain Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Moxham Mountain Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Minerva, NY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

5.5 miles 1424 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

The 2.7 mile trail to Moxham Mountain was constructed in the summer of 2012 and features many overlooks with scenic views, while the most spectacular views are from the 2418 foot summit. This hike begins at the small parking area along 14th Road off NY 28N in Minerva about 0.2 miles after the pavement ends. The only marking at the parking area is a "Trail Parking" sign, however it is pretty obvious as you drive down the dirt road on the left. The trail starts on the right side of the small parking area (elevation 1536 feet). You're following yellow DEC trail markers. The trail immediately climbs and reaches the first of many overlooks at 0.6 miles (elevation 1904 feet). This view is just a teaser for what's ahead, but is still a good place to take a break. The trail now descends and at 1.0 miles crosses a small stream (elevation 1724 feet). It's the outlet of an old beaver pond located just a short distance upstream. Now climbing again, pass a huge boulder on your left at 1.25 miles. Soon is another view, better than the first view with Gore Mountain as the main feature. At 1.6 miles reach the ridgeline (elevation 1993 feet) and soon you start to reach one after another of the many overlooks that line this wonderful trail. At 2.3 miles reach possibly the best of the pre summit views as the cliffs of Moxham Mountain summit come into view (elevation 2172 feet). Up there is your final destination and it's only 0.4 miles away. There are still more overlooks as you continue your climb toward the summit, reaching the 2418 foot summit at 2.7 miles. While not a 360 degree view, the views are still spectacular and the open rocks offer a great picnic spot. As you approach the edge of the summit, remember you are on top of cliffs (so take special care).

hiking
1 month ago

great hike! perfect view :) definitely doable for less experienced hikers. I wore my running shoes and I was okay. the trail is gradual, a nice mix of up and down, not a lot of drastic spikes up in elevation. the last mile is a steeper hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice views!

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail, nice gradual incline and nice views from several vistas, including the peak. Never crowded either.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

amazing! did it in 2 hours 45 minutes with my dog the views were great it was hard to leave ! trails were maintained and marked and.

2 months ago

Best bang for your buck! Great views of I disturbed park lands!

2 months ago

Awesome trail, nice combination of terrain. Did this hike with kids and 4 dogs. Only one other group on the mountain. Amazing views throughout, especially at summit.

3 months ago

Great hike! The distance is longer than this app says, but there are no really steppe parts. It is a gradual incline or decline the whole time. The view at the top is great!

3 months ago

3 months ago

it was amazing great views trail was well marked. loved how it went up and down the end was great because u had to climb some but when u break open to the top it's the most beautiful views can't wait to see it in the fall time!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. Not difficult. Several viewpoints along the way. Amazing views of rolling Adirondack mountains at the summit.

hiking
4 months ago

A pretty easy trail- not too hard and lots of pretty views along the way. Took about 3 hours total even with a longer break to enjoy the views at the top. Also had 2 dogs with us and they seemed to fare pretty well!!

*it needs a new sign in sheet in the book*

hiking
1 year ago

The trailhead sign states 2 miles, it is 2.7 miles to the summit. It took me a total of 3 hours with stops and 5.3 miles total. The trail is clearly marked and once you get to the ridge, about half way, the trail lends awesome views all the way to the summit. Only slightly rocky and a few steep spots but very easy. There were couples and younger adults coming up the trail as I was descending, so a popular trail. Highly recommend.