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Went this past weekend, snow on the ground most of the way, nearly a foot at the top. Great hike, just the right length, and amazing view from the summit.

poorly marked or no markings in 3 different sections, fallen trees and debris makes it easy to get turned around.

on Cobble Hill

11 days ago

nice woodsy hike. We hiked it as it was snowing, and the whole forest was beautiful in the snow. We took the steep way up and the easy way down. Steep way was great, easy way was basically hiking through a river. Great views of the lake though!

16 days ago

A great hike with decent views despite the clouds. We even saw a frog in the snow. I would say that micro-spikes are essential here now as the open rock scrambles are treacherous, especially if you’re going down to Little Crow. I’d love to try this again in the summer.

Baxter Mountain is a great hike for anybody. I would suggest however wearing micro-spikes as it was dicey in spots. The views, although cloudy were good. I’m not sure most people, at least since the snow has fallen, have gone to the “true summit” as there were no footprints down the col and up the summit. It’s wooded with not much to see, but for the purists, lol.

My honey and I hiked this trail and enjoyed it. Very well maintained trail with a few fun rock scrambles. We will definitely hike it again in spring.

Hiked on 10/24. Great hike, it was raining and then snowing so absolutely no view but great nonetheless. Took us 5 hours. Spikes needed near and on the summit.

I loved this hike! Did on 10./18, already snow covered. We were the only ones at the summit. Did the shorter way up and longer way down. Absolutely amazing views of the snow capped high peaks.

hiking
21 days ago

Completed on 10/18. There was a dusting of snow on the trail. We did the "hard" up and "short" down, I recommend that way. You get a couple nice spots for views on that way up that you don't get the way down. I also found it easier to go the steep section than down it. Overall not a bad little trail, views would be harder to see if there were still leaves on the trees. Part of the Lake Placid 9.

An excellent hike! This newly rerouted trail (3.4 miles one way) is AMAZING in terms of footing and markets. It is well marked with red DEC markers. This is a very moderate hike, which meanders much of the way through hemlock groves and beaver ponds before peaking up to a bald summit. Note: on the summit there is a rather bold chipmunk who immediately ran up my boot when I sat down. Please, do not feed wildlife, as he clearly had been fed by hikers! Be sure to remember which way you came from, as there are no markers, blazes, or cairns on the summit, and there is another trail off of it.

Beautiful 360 view at the top. Extremely windy but so worth it. It took me around 4 hours to complete.

Beautiful hike to the top, light traffic

Great hike! Easy to find trail head and well marked trail. Really nice views from a couple of spot on the way up and amazing views from the top. The fire tower was also quite fun to climb. Very windy and almost unbearably cold on the fire tower but worth the view! My dog and I had a great time on the mtn

We took the short hike up which was quite steep and mostly jumping over the big rocks. Don’t recommend if it is icy or snowing, could be dangerous. View at the top was very nice.

This is a moderate trail. Well maintained. It is quite windy on the summit. That's why it is named as Hurricane Mountain.

hiking
28 days ago

Great views! Take the ‘harder way up’; it is definitely worth it.

Hiked on 10/14/18. Beautiful hike to see 360 degree views of fabulous fall foliage, Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. The trail is a bit muddy in spots, but not bad. Watch out for the ice and water on the some of the rocks just before heading to the summit. The top of the fire tower can be windy and cold, so make sure to bring a hat and gloves. It took us about 2 hours each way with a nice break at the top for lunch in a sheltered spot away from the wind.

hiking
30 days ago

Short, quick and easy. First half in is flat, then an easy trek to the summit. I'd say this is great for kids and beginners.

hiking
30 days ago

I love trails like this. It's a rock scramble almost immediately. The boulders you're stepping on, over, and around act like a natural staircase.

The short trails is short and steep. Before long you're staring at Algonquin, Marcy, and a few other peaks, with Heart Lake shimmering directly below.

We took the short trail back down.

what A great little challenge lots of rock scrambling ,the was socked in with clouds we waited a bit and it cleared reward us with a beautiful view.

parking payant
belle randonnée
première partie difficile car le sentier est en roche , nous avons pris le chemin court. cela monte à pic.
si mal aux genoux ou autre... passez votre chemin.
peu de monde sur le sentier en septembre.
balisage moyen.

hiking
1 month ago

Great little hike, it won't take you all day which gives you time to explore Lake Placid and everything around it.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice day hike today up Baxter. Many switchbacks and a relatively easy trail. Good trail to run up or down. Nice views but had some cloud cover and flurries. Foliage just past peak but still nice color!

hiking
1 month ago

Very family and dog friendly trail. A couple of scrambles but nothing too difficult. Well maintained with great views at and near summit.

Hiked on 10/13. Was a little muddy in parts but was one of the prettiest hikes I’ve done. It was snowing towards the top and most trees were covered by the time we reached the top. Before the fire tower were two spot with incredible views! It was a little cloudy but visibility was still good. the fire tower was covered in ice and a little slippery but still had great views. Hiked with 3 other friends and it was one of our favorites! 1.25 hours up, about 40 minutes spent on top, and about 1.25 hours down with a lunch pit stop. All in all a beautiful sight for a shorter trail

Great hike, good feel for Adirondack hiking. A little heads up, sign distance on 9N is off—that’s distance to false summit. From that opening to tower is another half mile going down and then scrambling rocks to tower.
If taking new hikers don’t let them get fooled when they reach the top, top is not the destination.

Easy, quick hike. Went today, sadly it was cloudy, but they cleared just enough for a little bit of a view at the top! Also witnessed some small snow flurries when we at the top as well. Only one section where you really are going up, the rest is relatively flat. Was not able to find the true summit, we tried looking for 10 - 15 minutes for it.

great little hike ut was raining the whole time but still nice view at the top

hiking
1 month ago

From South Meadow Road, this is roughly 2.25 miles each way. Mile 1 is flat all the way to the pond. You gain all of your elevation in mile 2. A bit of mud, wet rocks and some trash (downed trees) to pick your way through, but hey, you're in the Adirondacks, right? Took us 1.5 hours each way at a leisurely pace. Not a panoramic view up top, maybe 160 degree views WSW to ESE from multiple viewpoints. Overall very enjoyable, will repeat.

hiking
1 month ago

Stunning views of the high peaks columbus day weekend, despite the clouds. Short trail is fun, lots of boulders and some scrambling, will get your heart pumping! Long trail is far easier on the ankles and not difficult.. Five or so other groups on the summit, but within 15 m i had it all to myself. Would definitely recommend. Took about 1h up, 35m down.

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