Scarface is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ray Brook, NY that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible from July until July. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
A nice hike through varied woods and a few steep sections Scarface is part of the Saranac 6er series On this hike you can stay along the base trail and use mountain bikes or you can continue up through some steeper sections to the top by hiking (year round). If you follow some of the herd paths you can break out to a nice view before the treed in summit. From the trailhead you will you climb a bit and work your way through an open forest to the railroad tracks. Cross the railroad tracks and continue on a mellow hike all the way to the bridge over Ray Brook. This spot is a very nice area for fishing as well as just a short destination hike. Past the bridge the trail stays very mellow through a forest of tall pines. There is one very distinctive trail split, be sure to take a left at this point, the split is well marked. Past here the trail begins to climb a bit and very soon begins to get steeper. As the terrain gets steeper the footing gets a bit less favorable, but a fun hike none the less. Along these steep slopes as you gain more elevation there are some steep areas with a bit of scrambling and wet conditions. As the trail starts to get less aggressive there are a few decent views off over the trees of the distant high peaks. The trail moderates to the unofficial summit.
This was my 4th hike for the Saranaclake 6ers and overall the hike was a bit overrated for its steepness, the summit views and official markings. Overall the initial trailhead and 2 mile hike in was beautiful-- nice hardwood and conifer forest with great views of the Ray Brook pond. DEC built a nice wooden structure to cross the pond and the trail was well-kept. Once you start climbing you will notice the trail splits-- one goes to the right as a herd path that leads to the foot of scarface rock cliff (you really have to bushwack), and the real trail goes straight up a rock face that could be very slippery and dangerous in inclement weather. This is not well managed and could be better fitted for a trail. The first overview overlooks only a southern view of the Sawteeth and Seward range and Algonquin, nice but deceptive since it isn't the summit. The northern, eastern and western views are completely obstructed by tree growth. In order to reach the summit you have to hike in another mile along the Scarface ridge line to a very hidden evergreen tree with a white poker chip marking the summit. It was a good hike to check off your list, but not a great hike for the experience. needs more work.
It was a decent hike. Not much of a view at the top. The kids had fun catching frogs and snakes
this was a great hike. not too hard or easy, decent distance and incline. a fun hike indeed.
Ice on the trail at higher elevations made me go home and purchase a pair of micro cleats, a little crazy solo and about 32 degrees.
nice hike, challenging rock face
A nice trail run/hike. The first 1.7 miles is an easy trail, without any elevation gain. The description says this is OK for Mountain bikes, but I haven't seen a mtb bike here in 10 years. Its not that nice for Mtb. So many other great MTB trails around (Check the BETA Bark Eater Trails Alliance site). At this point, you turn left to go up. The next 3/4 mile is first by a stream (cross when you can) then some steeper trail. You do get to an odd spot where the trails are unclear. The best way (to not get lost) is straight up the rock face climbing over roots and such. Then the trail is easy to follow. Soon after, you get to a small ...false summit with a little bit of a view (not so great) another 1/2 mile is to the true completely wooded summit - if it wasn't marked, it is impossible to find without GPS. A nice hike thouigh
Enjoyable hike. Nice mix of terrain.
Nice hike with my 11year old daughter and our dog. Near the top was a big slide on main trail and we went off main trail ending up on steep rock face not very safe and took a bit to get back around to main trail. No view from summit but some views close to top.
Easy flat start to a steep climb. No nice vista at the true summit but a nice 5 hr hike.
gorgeous trail trough forrest. done in 5 hrs round trip with kids 6-13 years old
A great climb with a pine forest some nice streams and a great view. A nice little technical area with some rock face and tree roots to spice it up.
We completed this hike on 12/22/13 as part of the Saranac 6er winter series the morning after an ice storm and encountered winds with a sleet storm on the way up. The hike along the bottom trail is relatively flat and was covered in ice the day but very passable with spikes. On occasion the light would break through and every branch in the woods would glisten. At one point just as we hit the steep part, there appeared to be three trails at a split - one went to the left, one to the right and one went straight up (this was a leftover from the ultra race the day before). We chose the one to the right that appeared to have the most usage but it turned out this led to a cliff which required a steep climb and bushwack. At this point most must have returned via the same trail (which is why it looked so heavily used) and gone up the route to the left. We chose to scramble up the rock and bushwack through the pines - we were dressed for the cold and wet and we had spikes on so we were up for the challenge. This brought us to a great open face which normally would have had a view but it was clouded in the day we were there. We found the trail in a few minutes and reached the summit about 20 minutes later. We took the main trail on the way down which was covered in ice and required a lot of careful work to get down and a few off trail bushwacks but all together this was a great hike.