Baxter Mountain

MODERATE 67 reviews
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Baxter Mountain is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Keene, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.2 miles
741 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

rock climbing




wild flowers


1 month ago

A fun little hike the whole family can do. Has switchbacks which make the trail easier to climb. Good views at the top and places to hang out for a while. Not many steep climbs or scrambling. Great to use to get the heart beating and for an afternoon or morning hike in the woods. Took me 20 minutes up.

2 months ago

We hiked up Baxter this morning because a storm was promised in afternoon. There were nice views at the top. We hiked to the second summit and that added about a 10th of a mile more. 6/18/2018

2 months ago

It was raining pretty hard when we had ventured up Baxter. The rain stopped while we were at the summit which allowed some decent views of the Lower GR and Giant covered in clouds and fog. Decent views from a few balconies on the last 1/5 of a mile. Rain restarted on the way back down making for a wet descent. Not difficult and gradual trail- family and pet friendly

2 months ago

Awesome quick hike

2 months ago

Stunning views, easy to follow trails. Great shorter hike.

3 months ago

We hiked 5/11. Trail was very well marked and easy to follow. There were a couple spots where we stopped to take in some views. Once on summit, the views were great! We ran the trail on the way down, and were on our way home in 20 mins. Nice little hike! Definitely a good one for kids.

3 months ago

We hiked Baxter this past Sunday. Perfect weather, great views, but trail was a bit icy in spots. Creepers are recommended. Was warm enough to shed our boots and socks!

9 months ago

Perfect for first timers! Spectacular views.

10 months ago

Trail was easy to follow and well marked. Gradual incline to the summit. The views were amazing!

10 months ago

Nice clean trail and great for an afternoon hike! When you get to the Summit the blue trail markers end. A yellow trail begins here. You should follow them over "Bump 1" and "Bump 2" for expanded views, if not you're selling yourself short. When you see the trail start to descend quickly, turn around.

10 months ago

Nice quick moderate hike with great view !

10 months ago

Hiked this trail today with my DH! Have seen beautiful photos of this trail in the Fall and wanted to hike this for a beginning taste of the season. It was a breezy and quiet afternoon on the trail with a great amount of shade. If you want a shorter hike but a good exercise, this is a trail for that! The "false summits" make the hike worth it with the views as they give one a taste for what's to come. This would be a nice hike when the leaves are at their peak. :-)

11 months ago

Great day hike if you got a late start. Trails are well defined and marked on the blue blaze trail and parking is good on the Keene Valley Route 9N entrance. Great views, but no 360° clearing. Very well shaded and dog friendly.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fun trail. Not too difficult. Great views from the top.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Short, easy. OK for little kids

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Short and sweet with a little scrambling at the top. Great view of some high peaks.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Nice short hike with great views at the top. Will definitely do again.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Good short hike. Took 1:15 round trip not to strenuous compared to other local hikes. Nice views from top.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Beautiful summit, continue past the false summit and go to the very top! Very beautiful further up!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mothers Day Hike with my wife and our 3 kids (9,8 and 4). Everyone enjoyed the hike. We also stayed right off the trail. Views from peak were tough with fog and rain but awesome day to be in the woods. Took less than 2 hours with 4 year old in tow.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

This was a winter hike that I did and it was real pleasant. Nice views of the Great Range. The snow was hard and crunchy as we wore microspikes/hiking crampons. The trail became busy when we were heading down.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Nice easy kid friendly hike! Hiked carrying my 3.5 yr old son on my back with no problem! The views were spectacular!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wonderful perfect for kids. It was peak and just beautiful. Short hike great view

Monday, September 19, 2016

Nice short hike with great views within, not above, the mountains. Very nice summit. Met some nice folks on top.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

This trail was short and moderate in climb. The View was amazing and i would recommend to anyone for a great hike with little work. I do want to mention the trailhead is not correct in All Trails. It is on 9N but before you enter Keene not in the village of Keene like it shows on the map.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Great views!! Easy for anyone who was a short hike

Thursday, May 19, 2016

I have hiked this trail on numerous occasions and find myself always wanting to come back. I recommend this trail to anyone who is looking for a mountain with fantastic Adirondack views, but either wants or needs something that is on the easier side. The last time I hiked here, it was a warmer day, in the 80's but even with the warm weather, and some of our crew having health issues, we did not struggle at all and truly enjoyed our day. Highly recommended!

Friday, April 22, 2016

A short and sweet hike. Only 2.2 miles round trip and very moderate incline. A wonderful choice for kids, groups, and dogs (who would be on a leash, of course!) who want to get out and enjoy some fresh air. This hike is a big bang for your buck as you have wonderful views during the easygoing trip up. You can also split from the path (you'll see a sign) to go on a nature preserve walk, although I continued up the mountain path.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Nice sunny warm day. Trail was wet in a few spots but not too bad. Excellent views on top, make sure you keep going to the true summit.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Although short, a very good warmup hike for the morning. Great cafe in Keene, ADK Cafe. Completed 9/6/13.

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