Peaked Mountain Trail

EASY 20 reviews
#42 of 175 trails in

Peaked Mountain Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North River, NY that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

6.2 miles 1456 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

An absolutely gorgeous hike with a little bit of everything. The hike from Siamese ponds to the summit is certainly more difficult than "easy" but SO worth it. It also seemed like it was more than 6.2 miles. I would recommend this hike to anyone. it was a great day!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome trail!! Not the best marked but the trail was very well worn. Only really confused at 1 spot. Awesome views along the way as well.

Also- we had a hard time finding the trailhead. Map it using the directions from this app and you should be good.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Roundtrip to the pond is 6.6 miles. To summit would be between 7 and 8. Mileage in app is a little off. 13th lake is beautiful. All postcard shots. The hike to the pond is fairly easy. Nice views of other mountains along the way as well as the summit. Pond is very scenic. It poured when we got to the pond so we opted out of summit. Great view of summit from pond.

4 months ago

5 months ago

Beautiful hike! First you walk along thirteenth lake which is so serene and quiet. Many areas to stop and swim. Lake is so clear without much seaweed. Than you turn right and keep walking straight past a wooden bridge to your left and follow the stream to peaked pond, also another clear and private water area than you can swim at and dip feet. Than its a short fairly steep incline to top with 3 lookout points. Definitely great for kids but can be a fairly long walk to mountain. The best part was swimming in thirteenth lake at end.

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked Memorial day 2016. 7am-2pm. Only saw two other hikers. Went for a swim at Peaked Mountain Pond. Very beautiful marsh land between the brook and the pond. PRIME campsite on the pond, with fire pits, great condition. Would do this again.

hiking
6 months ago

This was a great hike longer and more challenging than the easy rating implies. The first three miles consist of a fairly easy walk to the pond. After that it gets a bit more challenging for the last half mile up the mountain.
At the summit there are some great views, especially to the south east.

7 months ago

geocaching
11 months ago

Went on this hike after two days of rain. We spent most of our time circumnavigating the flooding out trail. The trail crosses what would normally be a babbling brook but because of the rain was a raging river. We had to try several locations to find a safe spot to cross.
Because of time constraints we couldn't finish this hike and stopped about a mile short of the destination.
I would definitely do this hike again but I would wait for drier weather.

hiking
1 year ago

Harder than the easy label suggests. I would classify it as moderate, but awesome! The trail has a great variety and is a joy to hike.

hiking
1 year ago

This was a great hike on a beautiful fall day. We took our time because the trail was wet and muddy from rain the day before. We had planned on hiking to the summit but because of the rain the last bit was too much of a grade for our dogs to make it. They kept slipping and it just wasn't safe for them. Had we allowed them off the leash they would have made it. Definitely will do this trail again!

hiking
1 year ago

This is by far my favorite hike. It was an easy trail that followed the lake and then followed a creek which brought you to the pond. The climb to the top of the mountain from there was steep but short. There were some tough spots where you had to use your hands to climb but it was well worth the effort. It took 7.5 miles and 5 hours taking our time and stopping at the pond up and back. At the start there is a tree down and the trail disappears you just have to find your way around it. Sept of 2015

1 year ago

Nice enough, not too steep, but a bit rocky and muddy, especially for July.

hiking
1 year ago

What a delightful hiking experience!
Plenty of water and gentle incline to pond. The climb to the top of Peaked Mtn is really not that bad during this time of the year but do bring bug repellant, the black flies are pretty ravenous.

snowshoeing
1 year ago

Nice and trying for a day hike out in the snow. The trail gets hard to follow in the snow but it's kind of hard to get lost anyway. Following the trail up to the peak is a good idea, but watch for the real steep parts that are sheets of ice with a thin last of snow.
The views from the top are super.
For a change in scenery I bushwhacked back to thirteenth lake over the frozen ponds and swamps. Great fun. Gorgeous part of the world.

3 years ago

For an added twist try it in the winter. It's a fun warm up for high peaks snow shoeing. It is not as exhausting as a high peaks romp can be but the terrain and scenery change frequently . First along the lake, then up along the beautiful tumbling brook, then leveling out near the beaver dams , that meander that brings you to P.M.pond . The final scramble up the last pitch, I was on my hands and knees laughing out loud it was so much fun. Peaked Mt. is a taste of high peaks without the commitment. I make it a yearly and never tire of it.

hiking
4 years ago

This was a great hike for our crew on a beautiful day. The round about trail keeps you in view of the peak for much of the walk and the scrammbles on your way up are a lot of fun. We enjoyed exploring the peak and having lunch on a nice outcrop. Very nice hike.

hiking
4 years ago

This is a great trail that I've done several times. The trailhead is on the north end of Thirteenth Lake. The first half mile or so is along the western shore of the lake, with some minor ups and downs, alternating along the shoreline and into the woods to avoid water obstacles. There are a couple of camping sites along this section. Upon reaching the brook the signed trail splits south to Hour Pond and west towards Peaked Mountain Pond. The western trail follows the brook a good distance while steadily gaining elevation, until gaining a full crossing which could be dicey in high water. From here the trail winds through the forest, averting a marshy flat to reach a small beaver pond with a small wooded peak reflecting in it. My latest trip found the area above this flooded out by beaver activity, with two new pools inundating the trail. Someone has blazed a rough new trail through the activity and tied strategic ribbons, and in a short distance the trail is regained. Another marshy area complete with several dead but interesting trees is soon circumvented, but now Peaked Mountain looms as the dominant feature with it's bald ledges and cliffy eastern face. Back in the forest the trail quickly follows the outlet stream and suddenly you are on Peaked Mountain Pond. Following the trail right (north) rolls up and down throught the woods until you climb down into a col, cross an inlet stream, and begin the real work of the hike: a steep--although short-- unforgiving trail up Peaked Mountain. It's probably only a quarter mile to the top, but so steep it seems farther. Near the top, a small dome offers a nice view down on the pond, but don't linger it gets better. In a short return to the scrub you break out on top, and a great view east over the deep forested landscape, with a thread of Thirteenth lake showing on a clear day. Wander, and you will find ledges to explore with great views south into the Siamese Ponds Wilderness, Peaked Mountain Pond, completely ringed by mountains, and some view beyond, towards Indian Lake. You can trace the drainage you used to get here while eating your lunch. There is a small humpy ledge with views north, but limited due to the drop to the east. I've not found a view west/northwest. Great hike for the effort.