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Best trails in Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest, New York? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest ranging from 1 to 6.1 miles and from 1,532 to 3,408 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Moxham Mountain Trail
Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
The trail to Moxham Mountain was constructed in the summer of 2012 and features many overlooks with scenic views, while the most spectacular views are from the 2418 foot summit. This hike begins at the small parking area along 14th Road off NY 28N in Minerva about 0.2 miles after the pavement ends. The only marking at the parking area is a "Trail Parking" sign, however it is pretty obvious as you drive down the dirt road on the left. The trail starts on the right side of the small parking area (elevation 1536 feet). You're following yellow DEC trail markers. The trail immediately climbs and reaches the first of many overlooks at 0.6 miles (elevation 1904 feet). This view is just a teaser for what's ahead, but is still a good place to take a break. The trail now descends and at 1.0 miles crosses a small stream (elevation 1724 feet). It's the outlet of an old beaver pond located just a short distance upstream. Now climbing again, pass a huge boulder on your left at 1.25 miles. Soon is another view, better than the first view with Gore Mountain as the main feature. At 1.6 miles reach the ridgeline (elevation 1993 feet) and soon you start to reach one after another of the many overlooks that line this wonderful trail. At 2.3 miles reach possibly the best of the pre summit views as the cliffs of Moxham Mountain summit come into view (elevation 2172 feet). Up there is your final destination and it's only 0.4 miles away. There are still more overlooks as you continue your climb toward the summit, reaching the 2418 foot summit at 2.7 miles. While not a 360 degree view, the views are still spectacular and the open rocks offer a great picnic spot. As you approach the edge of the summit, remember you are on top of cliffs (so take special care).Show more
#2 - Vanderwhacker Mountain
Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 37 m
The fire tower on Vanderwhacker mountain provides a spectacular view of the Adirondack High Peaks. As of July 2002 the fire tower may be closed due to COVID19. The trail is marked with red disks. Sign in at the trail register. Within the next mile, you will cross several small creeks and pass around a wetlands. Then, the trail splits. The old road (now a snow mobile trail) continues to the left, while the path you want bears right. After passing two cabins used by the fire observer, you begin a strenuous climb. After another mile, the climb becomes more moderate. Soon you reach the fire tower. Climb the tower and enjoy the panorama to the north.Show more
#3 - Wolf Pond
Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
#4 - Stony Pond Trail
Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 49 m
#5 - Cheney Pond to Boreas (Lester Flow) Paddle
Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 29 m
A beautiful hidden Adirondack pond that leads to a great paddle Cheney pond offers a greta paddle, beach and an exceptional lean-to. The lean-to is a short half mile paddle across the pond and offers a fire ring as well as an extensive sandy beach. Just beyond the beach and lean-to you can continue through the channel and explore Lester flow (also known as the Boreas). Lester can get very low at times which will require some effort to get through the low spots - it also has many beaver dam's so be prepared to climb over them in low water. Lots of twists and turns and a few swift spots as well - keep an eye out for the sand bars and outcrops for a nice lunch stop as well. On the paddle back to Cheney you will also have views into the high peaks for a short time.Show more
#6 - Boreas Loop Trail
Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 15 m