Ampersand Mountain Trail

HARD 187 reviews
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Ampersand Mountain Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Saranac Lake, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1811 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

This hike is not one of the 46's but at 3352' Ampersand is a fun, challenging hike with great views from the top. Some steep, tough areas with rockface and some bouldering but it is well worth it.

2 days ago

I thought this hike was difficult towards the top. Without the proper equipment the ice made it even harder. Even so- I thoroughly enjoyed it and plan on hiking Ampersand again in the near future.

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22 days ago

Great Hike. Tough for me with little experience but well worth the struggle. be ready for a lot elevation gain like going up 200 flights of stairs. All uphill. The views are worth it. Multiple stopping points with great views.

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25 days ago

Phenomenal views with only a bit of effort.

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25 days ago

Amazing view this is by far a fav I will be sure to go back

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1 month ago

Incredible 360° at the top! The trip there was challenging and tricky towards the top but doable. The trail gets pretty steep, but still fun for the dogs as well.

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1 month ago

Great hike. Steeper and harder than expected, but amazing view at the top.

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1 month ago

Harder than I thought it would be.

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1 month ago

Ampersand - 5th mountain of Day 3 of my quest to complete the Saranac Lake 6er Challenge. Trail head to Summit - 1 hr 45 minutes moderate pace. From the trail head to the second brook the trail is fairly easy and enjoyable until you reach the boulder staircase from hell. Quite steep, muddy, wet, lots of tree roots and boulders which made the climb much more challenging as you systematically plot your path upward while navigating huge boulders and obstacles, but fun. As you approach the open rock face follow the yellow arrows to the summit. The 360 views at the top are all worth it. Enjoy!!!! Before leaving the parking lot across the highway from the trail head I recommend checking out the sandy beach at Middle Saranac Lake it's only .6 miles each way. Another nice photo opportunity.

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2 months ago

Completed this trail 2 days ago. Trail is found across the road from the designated parking area. The first mile is pretty easy with a couple small bridges to cross. After about a mile on the trail the incline begins. As you climb, the rocks are placed like a stairway but at times is difficult to follow going up. Coming down is much easier to follow. As you get closer to the top, the trail is not marked well. There was a large boulder I thought I needed to climb over but the trail went left instead of right. The way it looked the trail could have went either way. I thought this was a physically demanding hike and would consider myself fairly in shape. Also, closer to the summit, the mud was in abundance. It took me just over 2 hours to complete going up and an hour to go down. The views as you arrive to the peak are breathtaking! 360 views plus the fall leaves made for some amazing photos!