West Mountain via Raquette Lake (kayak/hike combo) is a 15 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Long Lake, NY that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
This is one of at least two ways to reach West Mountain summit just west of Raquette Lake. This is a strenuous kayak/hike combo that includes a 9 mile paddle, 5.6 mile hike and two 0.4 mile ports. This is a strenuous paddle/hike combo that includes a 4.3 mile paddle across Raquette Lake (which can get rough) and a 2.8 miles hike (each way) up West mountain from a little known beach. You can access Raquette Lake from a canoe/kayak launch off of North Point Rd. The port from parking is approximately 0.4 miles to the waters edge. from this point you will paddle across Raquette Lake towards Sucker Brook Bay where you will find a beach with a trail head for West mountain. The trail to West mountain is moderate rising 1100 feet over 2.8 miles. The summit of West has an excellent view of Raquette Lake.
Always a good easy hike/climb steep near the top. Typical of ADK hikes. Limited view from top depending on what's been cleared
This was a great father's Day paddle/hike combo. We packed up the kids, 4 kayaks and the dog and we were at the water's edge by 10am. We checked the GPS and it read 3.87 miles to the Sucker Brook trailhead, the winds weren't too bad so we headed out. After a bit the winds picked up and the waves were coming over the kayaks as we paddled across the open water so we kept to the shore a little closer than we had planned and added on a half mile but we were at the trailhead within 2 hours.
We traded our paddles and water shoes for boots and packs, enjoyed the hike, gave at least a quart of blood to the local skeeters and made a game out of how many deer flies we could take out (Acorn, our dog, was better at it than us). When we reached the summit we had some tired kids and a dog that spent the entire time chasing dragonflies. The summit was beautiful - the view, the warm sun -all of it was worth the effort.
We enjoyed some lunch and then it was time to come down...always quicker. We made it down in less than an hour and hit the water again..only to realize the winds had changed and the traffic had picked up so the water was rougher and we were against it -this required some rearranging of paddlers and route which took a bit longer but we kept it fun and safe.
Needless to say by the time we got to shore - almost 9 hours later - we were wiped. We had a great day, but we were ready for a bug free car! The dog must've agreed because she sat in one of the kayaks as we set the train up to carry the kayaks out and she wouldn't get out...she wanted a ride to the car! We carried her for about 10 feet which was enough for her to realize it wasn't as nice as the water and she was ready to get out. We made it to the car, had the kayaks on the trailer in record time and the kids were ready for ice cream! When we checked our track log we had almost 9 miles on the lake, 5.7 on the trails, 0.8 on the ports and some very happy, yet sore limbs.
A great paddle/hike!