Baker Mountain

EASY 185 reviews
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Baker Mountain is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Saranac Lake, New York that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
882 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

rock climbing

snowshoeing

forest

views

scramble

Starting from the north end of Moody Pond you will start climbing almost immediately. The trail is a bit steep but offers great views as you ascend further. At 0.6 miles from the trailhead, an intersection offers part of an upper mountain loop. Left is a less aggressive climb and avoids the steep ledges that can be found if you head right. Both finish at the summit of Baker. The loop makes for a great hike option. The summit of Baker offers great views over the Village of Saranac Lake, the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Area and toward the High Peaks Region. Be sure you are on the marked trail when you leave.

7 days ago

Awesome hike!

18 days ago

wasn't as kid friendly as I expected

hiking
18 days ago

Short and sweet but somewhat taxing steepness at times. Best view is not really at the summit but moreso at the top of the red trail

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful views at the top. Mud and some steep uphill sections made this a bit of a difficult moderate although it’s a short trail. SO many bugs already though (Memorial weekend)- bring bug spray and patience! As some other reviewers recommended, we went up on the left and down on the right side of the loop. I wish we had just gone out and back on the right side. It was far more enjoyable and scenic!

hiking
27 days ago

Great hike! We did this with our dog and really enjoyed the hike. Great views at the top!

28 days ago

It’s a beautiful hike!!!

hiking
30 days ago

Trail is finally dry but bugs have come out. Definitely should have brought the spray with me. Please- people with dogs, remember to remove dog poop from the trail and either keep them on leash or hold them when people pass. Twice on my hike, wet dogs that were off leash had jumped up on me. Not everyone likes your dog as much as you do. This is a popular hike full of people and tourists (especially now that the weather is breaking), adjust accordingly.

hiking
1 month ago

GREAT easy hike! Nice view at the top, all of the previously mentioned ice has melted.

2 months ago

icy the whole way up but worth it for the views.

3 months ago

Nice hike with good views
Not difficult though the trail was somewhat icy going up
Spikes essential
Decent was easy snowy trail with little ice

hiking
3 months ago

Completed Baker in and out in about 1 hour. Very very icy...not sure how anyone could complete this hike without crampons. Lovely view at top.

hiking
3 months ago

Great mountain for starters!! Winter hikers I recommend using crampons, there is plenty of ice on the trail. However, the other side of the loop seemed a bit easier.

hiking
4 months ago

I loved this Mountain way more in Winter than Summer. Did some bushwhacking on the way up and the whole way down.

In response to others comments: Yes this is an easy mountain. There were rocks!?! Really!? On a mountain? No kidding...

hiking
5 months ago

I would not call this trail easy if you are a new hiker. It rained earlier that day when we hiked so that added to the difficulty. Starts out right away if you take the right fork, straight climb, all the way up so just be aware.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun easy hike. Would be great for someone's first hike in the Dacks or looking for a warm up. There was 3 good outlooks near the summit. We hiked with a good base of snow. Used microspikes. Definitely need some kind of traction. Snowshoes would have been fun too. I want my mom to do this one - good mom hike.

6 months ago

Nice little hike. Microspikes were handy toward the top. Great views!

6 months ago

excellent for my 5yr old

7 months ago

I would rate this as moderate compared to other trails I have been on. Nice short early morning hike

7 months ago

Very nice trail. Challenging if not used to terrain. Wish we had brought a picnic with us.

hiking
8 months ago

Wow! So many erratics! Gneiss!

8 months ago

Easy hike, nice area, nothing to write home about but always nice to be outdoors.

hiking
8 months ago

Certainly not easy for otherwise fit 65 year olds. The description should include a mention of the rock sections. It is convenient to get to and nice view at the top

hiking
8 months ago

I was able to complete the Saranac Lake 6er challenge in 3 days. Two mountains per day. Baker Mtn being my 4th climb on day 2 with Scarface being number 3. A pleasant and moderate climb right from the trail head. A nice climb to have right in your backyard and within the city limits. Nice views of the village and McKenzie Mtn Wilderness Area. At a moderate pace I was able to reach the summit in 45 minutes the same being said for the trip down.

hiking
8 months ago

I'm doing the Saranac 6 Challenge and this is the shortest mountain mileage wise on the list. I did it the same day as Haystack and used it as a warm up. There is not really a view at the top but there is one portion on the way up where you can see Saranac Lake. I will admit that I wandered around the summit for five minutes before I realized I had finished the climb. The whole thing took me less than two hours round trip.

9 months ago

My 1st hike with my husband and we enjoyed it esp the summit.

hiking
9 months ago

Great little mountain. Took my boyfriend and I plus our 30 lb dog about 30 minutes to climb up. Probably took the same amount of time to get down because of roots and footings.

There is a false summit that is prettier than the real summit. Nice views of Saranac!

We ran into an entire middle school on our way down, which provided a lot of entertainment. :)

hiking
9 months ago

This was a very enjoyable hike with gorgeous views of Saranac Lake. It was fairly easy with well maintained trails. I wouldn't call any of it exceptionally steep, but it does have a moderate incline the entirety of the hike with very few flat sections. I saw a small garter snake near the top. There are plenty of viewpoints to enjoy, and a disk in a rock indicates that you've reached the summit. I brought my small dog and she enjoyed it as well. There were dozens of other hikers that day ranging from children under 10 to adults over 60, and it was interesting to hear their experiences. I would recommend this hike to anyone and think it is quite accessible to beginning hikers who want tackle a mountain.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a good hike, but would not rate it as easy or for all skill levels. Definitely good for seasoned hikers and active families with young children, not great for older folks new to hiking.

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty easy hike, it is steeper in some spots, but not bad at all. Took about 35 minutes to the top, not the best views due to trees. When you get up to the top, there is a small path to an overlook where you can get an unobstructed view! The second part of the loop was not marked at all. Utilized this program to take the full loop, the one not marked is less steep than the one they have marked.

9 months ago

awesome to hike at dusk. if you look at keene valley it lights up in town.

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