Explore the most popular hiking trails in Shaker Mountain Wild Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hiked a total of 6 miles in and out...I don’t usually do that long of a hike, but, aside from my sore feet, I feel so accomplished! The elevation is so gradual as to make it easier on wimpy hikers like me. At Indian Lake we found a sunny spot to sit where the aroma of balsam fir was all around us. So peaceful.

I actually came away from this hike fairly disappointed. The trails were much easier than I was expecting, at best I’d say they were on the strenuous side of easy. The summit was nice, but very crowded for an early morning. Views from the top of the tower were great and it was nice to see inside a ranger cabin for a change, even if it is covered in graffiti. I HATE that I’m this disappointed.

Easy to moderate hike with only some steepness near the top. We had to take a couple breaks to catch our breath but overall fairly easy. To get any good views you need to be able to climb the fire tower. My husband is afraid of heights so I took pictures for him.

A short and easy firetower with big payoff. Don't miss sunsets here.

Nice trail up to the tower, typical of the area with lots of rocks and boulders on the trail. It is almost all uphill so be aware before starting. Great views from the top!

Did the east trail up and down. Nice cool September day. Only a bit of mud (it rained the night before), but boots are recommended if rainy. Trail is not well marked, but is easy to follow as it's well worn and wide.
Since this was after a frontal passage, the view from the fire tower was excellent!
A note on the parking...there were several cars parked on the road (the road with the houses) with a few spaces and shoulder parking, and the walk/driveway into the trail head is somewhat narrow, so we assumed that was the parking at the road. Nope, there was a whole lot at the end of the driveway (at the trail head) that was only half full. Everyone parked at the road could have fit!

Was a nice walk. We went up the north trail which was pretty mild overall and came back down the east trail. Great view from the fire tower, well worth the walk.

I did this hike after doing the Kane Mountain climb. It is a nice hike, with small elevation gains. The lakes provide some beautiful views and some much appreciated quite.

Overall a nice hike with fantastic views from the tower. The east trail is short, .6 of a mile, but not terribly steep. The north trail is slightly longer, 1.2 miles, but provides a much steeper climb. It’s sad to see the old caretakers cabin in such poor shape and covered with graffiti. The tower is in good shape. I also did the trail to Stewart and Indian Lakes, which was a nice time. A pleasant hike, and a nice workout!

Good hike. I did the lake trail first and then the mountain to the summit and fire tower.

Great, short and moderate hike. The views are only seen from the fire tower and they are beautiful!

Fun, quick trail. Did yesterday afternoon with Mom (bit tough coming down on Mom) and again tgis morning for sunrise with nephew, so worth it!

I am a beginner hiker, trying to get back into shape. I found this trail to be moderate - had to take just a couple short breaks on my way up. I was surprised by the view on the fire tower. I will definitely be frequenting this trail. Great for a quick hike!

1 month ago

Easy hike , decent view .. people cleaning up ur beer can. Bring in bring out .. no one wanna see ur shit!!

Not too challenging of a hike. Good trails for pacing. The views from the fire tower were gorgeous.

I've been on both trails ,not impossible bfir a first timer like me. view from top could be better. the only way to see the view is if you go up the tower

The view from the fire tower is incredible. Such a beautiful view of the surrounding land.

A very enjoyable short little hike. My husband and I hiked this with our dog on a leash (a corgi) on July 21. We liked the option of two different trails and the ability to hike it in a loop. The view from the fire tower was great. It’s too bad the old ranger cabin has been so badly vandalized. This is a nice hike for beginners or if you’re just looking for a short trail. We actually drove an hour east after this to hike to Spruce Mountain Fire Tower (working on the Fire Tower Challenge) and bumped into another hiker who had the same plan. The two trails together make for a nice day of activity. One note, the parking lot was jammed full as we were leaving before noon. Get there on the early end of things if you need to park.

Trail was in great shape, kid and dog friendly. Fire tower at provides good views.

3 months ago

short hike to tower. very buggy this day not even bug spray would work.

Hiked this trail last week with my 6.5 year old. Trail was OK, just a couple muddy spots that we could go around. Lots of graffiti on the old rangers station which I didn't enjoy explaining to my daughter. Otherwise, loved the hike and the view from the tower.

4 months ago

I did this beautiful a hike a few years back. Really awesome hike, and the trail was in great shape. Stewart Lake was clearly visible but not accessible when I went due to the area around the shoreline being very wet. With the appropriate gear you could probably get to the water, or perhaps if you are adventurous and find a route around the other side of the lake. Indian Lake is simply spectacular. The trail just opens up the shore of the lake, and it's nothing but peace, quiet, and a beautiful lake with a small wooded mountain in the backdrop. What more could you want out of the Adirondacks?

Great little hike! Hiked it with my four kids! The north trail is nice and quick. The east trail was fun.. just a little muddy in spots. Love this hike! Great views from the top!

on Kane Mountain Trail

4 months ago

The short route to the top is a fairly quick and enjoyable hike to one of the greatest bang for your buck hikes in all the Adirondacks! This is also a great way to at least get your feet wet in some relatively steep climbing if you desire to do some more challenging mountains. Awesome for dogs, kids, and people of all ages! Also great for snowshoeing!

Nice day for a solo hike, there was only one mud patch along the way other than that the trails were great! The view from the summit was incredible once you make it to the top of the fire tower!! Another fire tower challenge complete!

My two kids, ages 8 and 9 1/2 hiked the loop today. Trail was well marked, and well maintained. A little muddy in spots which is to be expected this time of year. No view at the top unless you go up the fire tower. We all were a little skeptical at first but loved it once we up top! Definitely doing this one again and again.

Pro: Nice hike.

Cons: A lot of broken glass from people partying & view only from the tower.

Did the loop. Nice well marked trails. Great view from the fire tower. The trail is relatively easy with some wet areas, but mostly in good shape. Family friendly as I joined a family of nine and all ages at the top.

The parking lot was like a frozen pond. all of the thick ice was covered by fresh snow so I didn't know until I tried to stop and kept going. Luckily I was able to carefully turn my car around and there was traction on the one side of the parking lot. The cell service is spotty so I don't know if I would have been able to call for a tow truck. The mountain was the same way. Some parts looked like a frozen waterfall(not a bad thing). I had ice spikes so it didn't slow me down. My dog had some trouble but it gave me a few laughs. Overall the hike was short but rewarding. The only downside was all the graffiti on the cabin and the tower. It's sad that people can't respect the property for other people to enjoy.

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