Catamount Mountain Trail

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Catamount Mountain Trail is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wilmington, 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 November.

3.6 miles
1551 feet
Out & Back



nature trips

rock climbing




wild flowers




no dogs

Catamount is a smaller prominence in the Adirondack High Peaks region, but is considered by many to be one of the classic shorter hikes in the area. It is often overlooked because of it's smaller stature, which is a huge mistake. This mostly bare mountains offer one of the few sustained "Alpine type The last .8 miles is mostly steep over bare rock with many scrambles and three point hiking challenges. because of it's relative isolation, the views from the summit are first rate. One of the best views of Ester and Whiteface mountain in the entire area.

6 months ago

Fantastic hike. This was our groups Plan B, as the Adirondacks Loj trailhead was very overcrowded, parking was over 2 miles down the road past the bridge! We were not disappointed as this smaller peak was very challenging and rewarding.

7 months ago

Amazing hike, but a tough scramble near the summit. Got a little bit lost going up. Look for cairns, pay attention to footprints and tree limb barricades directing you to the easiest path to follow up. Also, look for blazes on trees and the rocks. Excellent views on top and had complete solitude on this Sunday afternoon.

7 months ago

Great mountain and views. Overall a fairly easy climb aside from the chimney and some of the open rock segments.

8 months ago

Would try again with hiking partners, for me it was just too dangerous alone, so I couldn't get to the top. Next time ! :)

9 months ago

Beautiful and I love the chimney

9 months ago

Great hike! It took my friend and I 2 hours to complete total! Open rock at the top which could be tricky for inexperienced hikers. Great view at the top!

9 months ago

Absolutely incredible! And breathtaking views

10 months ago

LOVED THIS HIKE. Took our kids, it was their second time on this mountain, the first was when they were 10 (daughter) and 8 (son). Now they are 13 and 15. We loved it then and we loved it now. Lots of rock scrambling and the "chimney" crevice was so cool - you have to suck in your gut to squeeze through but it was fun. Maybe not for someone who is afraid of open rock or kids that have not climbed a lot before. - there are a lot of steep drop offs. We have hiked most of the 46ers in the area with the kids since they were 4 and 6 so they were not scared or terribly challenged. This was, for us, pretty easy and WOW what a view for not much effort! Trail starts out flat, then is relentlessly steep; then mostly rock scrambling/medium steep to top. Look for cairns and trail markers - it is easy to get lost. Took up an hour and 40 minutes to top, including several stops to take in the magnificent views.

10 months ago

Trail is steep and difficult at the end. We were very close to the peak but the last bit to get the top was too risky.

11 months ago

Visited as part of a bachelor party weekend. Listed as family friendly but I found it to be quite steep and the rock crevice path is not what I would have referred to as family friendly. Not for kids under 13.

Monday, December 12, 2016

A short, fun scramble to a bald summit with great views of Whiteface. I have been up twice, the last time I was there in summer of 2016 there was a new parking area so the trailhead is now easy to find. You go through a tight rock chute and then scramble up a series of ledges to the false summit. From the false summit you can see the true summit, which is not much farther. Keep your eyes peeled for trail markers and cairns as it's easy to veer off trail. I missed the trail at one spot and found myself going up 4th class rock. Shorter people might need a boost up some spots. I wouldn't recommend going up if the rock was wet or icy. When you're done your hike drive a little farther west past the trailhead to a field where you have a great view of the mountain's rocky slopes.

Monday, October 10, 2016

This was a great hike. It is challenging through the middle and at the top if you aren't used to Adirondack bare rock scrambles. You have to be careful to stay on trail near the top also. It was a little busy the day we went but leaves were at peak so any mountain was going to be that way. The view is amazing. I would not recommend this on a wet day though, I don't think I could've dealt with the rock if it was wet.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Great view at "true" summit with varying forest types along the way. If you're new to Adirondack hiking I would not call this easy, the last 1/3 is steep & a bit challenging-some areas you need to pull yourself up and steep areas of flat rocks on the path became slippery when a rain shower unexpectedly rolled through so use caution if wet. The trail is sometimes hard to follow, look for the cairn - stacks of rocks - along with trail markers which mark the way.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Good hike, steeper than expected and maintains to the top. Be aware there is a false summit! Phenomenal views once there

Monday, August 22, 2016

Nice trail! Notice that this trail gets steep at the end.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Always a fun trail, especially the climb up through the rock chimney. Not a high peak, but it's away from the other mountains, so offers a high peak experience with 360 views. And lots of blueberries in season.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Great hike. Like the little challenges on the way. Good thing there are carins along the way to direct you. Found ourselves going one way when we should be going the other. With about a half mile remaining to the parking lot. Came across a black bear 150' in front of us on the trail. Waited patiently for him to carry on then continued out. Great hike overall.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Great hike on the trail, but for those of you daring and able, when you go over the stream near the beginning, detour from the route and follow the stream up the mountain.
You'll have to bushwhack your way back to the trail, but following the stream/waterfall all the way up was a really neat and rewarding experience that's managable on a shorter hike such as catamount.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Absolutely loved this hike! Has a great mixture of steep, flat, forest, and rock that makes it a memorable experience. The top gets a bit challenging with the rocky terrain, probably not great for little ones or very inexperienced hikers. I had a difficult time locating the trail to the summit about four hundred feet from the top, which made things a bit tricky. Other than the summit, the trails are very well maintained and marked, which is a great thing to have while alone! Great hike, highly recommend.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed this hike very much.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Colder fall day. Below freezing at summit and icy in places. Easy start but lots of rock scrambles for the last 1/3.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Great view for a short hike in the ADKs. We only hiked 3/4 of the way up because our guest thought the terrain was too steep and dangerous for the kids, especially with impending rain.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Great hike day hike for anyone seeking a lot of gratification with relatively little effort! Amazing views, interesting flora, many open rock faces and cliffs!

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