Snowy Mountain Trail is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Indian Lake, New York that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
We hiked this the day after there was lake effect snow the night prior. We were the first ones out there, so we ended up breaking the trail. The first part of the trail microspikes were needed for traction. We opted and left our snowshoes in the car. That wasn't a good idea that we had, because as you got closer to the summit the snow deepened. There was about 2' of snow at the plateau. The view from there was awesome. There were parts before the plateau were the snow was up to my waist. This trail is definitely harder to hike when there's a lot of snow out. I will definitely do this trail again in the summer.
Definitely challenging and so worth it!
Amazing Hike ! Great view from the fire tower.
amazing hike ! the beginning and middle were easy cross over some streams and bridges. the end of the hike you are rock climbing up the side of the Mt. it's not for little kids . my dog did great had to push her up few spots. the views are amazing and worth it. but to say the top is easy is off its grading roots and trees. it's slippery too so sneakers will not cut it. enjoy !
This is a 4 mile one-way trail with good maintenance and clear markers. The first 3/4 trail is moderate, followed by a steep rocky boulders to the summit.
Snowy Mt. is one of the ADK fire tower challenge. The peak offers you an overlook of Indian Lake.
Try to hike Snowy Mt. in both Fall and Winter, which will provide you contrast different view and experience. In winter, the microspikes are required, which carries you to the summit because of the icy boulders in the last half mile to the summit.
This was a great hike! The top was steep but nothing technical. The 1st 2/3 of hike was mild to moderate grade. Trail was well marked except at very top with all of the extraneous paths to vistas. The views over Indian lake to the east as well as to the west were spectacular! Only 2 other groups on the trail midweek.
I was a little reluctant to try this hike since the info said for very experienced hikers. I don't know what experienced is but I am not. I have done two other fire towers in the past month ( Hadley and Spruce Mountain). Other than that I have done hikes local to Saratoga Springs.
I am 51, don't smoke and consider my cardio to be good. I have no pulmonary issues. I reached the tower in 2.5 hours. Total time on the mountain was 5 hours with 30 - 45 minutes on top. The nice thing about this hike is the bottom half is relatively flat. That gives you a warmup and let's your legs recover from the steep descent. I like the climb more than the descent and my legs were weary once I got through the steepest part. By the time I returned to the car they had recovered.
FYI there is an out house just off the parking lot. I found it useful.
Well worth the effort. Quite a bit of work but a fantastic view!
The hike up was great! Great 360 view from the fire tower. The way down was very muddy and slippery!
If you have never done a high peak before this is a nice challenge. I found the trail to be about 4 miles long not 3.4. The first 3/4 of the hike is fairly easy. Several plank walkways and bridges and creek is easy to cross. You cross it about 5 times. The last 1/4 of the hike is fairly steep. You will need to use your hands to make it through. Once at the summit the initial view is awesome. You will see Indian Lake and the mountains behind it. Go a little further and you will get to the fire tower. 360 degree spectacular views. Makes the hike worthwhile.
My son and I hiked up in 2 hr and 5 min and came back down in 1 hr 50 min. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. We hiked it on a Wednesday and started at 9 am and were the first on the trail. Only passed a few people on the way back down. Remember to look up a few times on the way back down. Several nice views of Indian Lake and the mountains.
FYI-The parking area is just a small pull over area across the street from the trailhead. It only holds maybe 12-15 cars.
Well worth it! For a Mt that rivals a few of the High Peaks in height, this was much easier than any high peak I've done. The gradual incline on the way up was easy and the last 1/4 you actually have to use your hands and gives you a nice taste of a high peak but much, much easier. Tough to beat the view. A lil tip, hike early morning. If your lucky you'll be walking on top of the clouds.
The toughest part of this hike was the return trip. It took us a lot longer to get down than up, so make sure you spend some time on top. The views are spectacular and totally worth the work required to see them.
Great hike! The last mile or so can be extremely difficult in the winter time.