Chimney Mountain Trail

MODERATE 149 reviews
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Chimney Mountain Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North River, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife 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.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 980 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

bird watching

cave

views

wildlife

bugs

rocky

hiking
9 days ago

Easy hike. Eagle cave is easy to miss. Do your homework before you attempt to go into the cave.

hiking
25 days ago

This is a great hike! Not too strenuous, but no walk in the park. If you want a spectacular view, take the side trail that goes off to the right just before you reach the chimney rocks at the top. It is unmarked, but not too difficult to follow. It goes down past a campsite and up over a ridge. It appears to be going no where, but you will end up at a 360 view of the surrounding mountains and you will be so glad you took the side trip!!

hiking
26 days ago

This one will get your heart pumping. Great views from the top, the Chimney is great. You have to pay a small fee to park.

A relatively easy trail. Easy walk for the first half mile. Then a hill climb up to the chimney formation. Lots of herd paths to confuse the unwary. Follow the trail markers! Great western views of the lower ADK mountains. The trail markers end at that formation but trails continue everywhere. Follow the "camping" sign for the herd path to Chimney Mountain. Nice views looking north. ADK high peaks in the distance. Clear view of Allen, Marcy and the Great Range. Peaked Mountain is right next store. So close it looks wackable.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail! Great way to start the season. Rocks are awesome, and the trail to Chimney summit leaves unmarked from the campsite but is very well worn. Beautiful views even in the clouds. Way down is kind of slippery with lots of leaves covering the wet rocks but not bad.

hiking
bugs
muddy
scramble
2 months ago

Nice trail. some water crossing and mud with all the rain recently. Some tree across the trail, easy to go around or over. Some bugs but nothing unbearable. The trail on the way down was slippery with the dry leaves on it. Have to take it’s easy and watch your footing.

2 months ago

completed end of April 2019. unique features, great views. snow was gone, no spikes...needed. worth short hike. our 2 Boston terriers needed a boost or two on couple small verticals, not major issue.

5 months ago

bring snow shoes

hiking
6 months ago

Perfect day sunny with 2 inches of snow and ice views were great

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome! Pretty steep in the winter, with lots of ice! Well worth the hike tho!

hiking
8 months ago

short, with some what of a steep hike with an amazing view. would be nice for a picnic.

9 months ago

Always enjoy this hike any time of year except spring but only because the black flies will eat you alive.

10 months ago

Fantastic hike! Roots, rocks, earth underfoot. Not difficult other than steadily steep with a few level parts. Take your time, it is a short hike and well worth the effort. Incredible views. Rock formations atop are incredible! This spot is a false summit as there is a trail heading out to the real summit which has a 360 view. We opted out this time. Wish we did not but there’s always tomorrow!

10 months ago

Thought be more rock scrabble .. decent trail condition nice view

10 months ago

Awesome,it’s a must go to. Definitely recommend this hike

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked up on 6/1/18 and camped until 6/3/18. Lots of caterpillars at the top but it was a nice hike with beautiful views!

10 months ago

This was a great hike. It was steeper than I would have expected a kid friendly hike to be, but the payoff was worth it. The caves and rock formations are awesome, but you won’t be able to take full advantage if you bring a dog, unless you have someone to take turns holding the leash with you. The view is great at both Chimney Rock and the actual summit, but it is truly spectacular if you are brave enough to climb on top of the rock formation next to the chimney. The caves and Chimney Rock had a lot of traffic, but we were the only ones who traveled on to the summit. It is only about a 1/4 mi flat hike farther and was worth it. My kids had fun finding toads in the woods on the way up and down. Probably about 20 in all which was good for distracting them briefly from the steepness of the trail. My kids are 6 & 8 and do a moderate amount of hiking and this was rough for them, both up and down. There is a $2 cash parking fee at the lot. Luckily I had it on me.

10 months ago

Spur of the moment hike but it was good! Super steep in parts but if you take your time it’s easy. Lots of rocks and tree roots to use as steps and to give you traction. For being in what I felt like was the middle of nowhere, the trail was quite busy. No bugs. Took 50 minutes up, 40 minutes down. The top is neat with caves and rock formations. I’d do it again.

Very steep and Rocky ascent. An exhausting trip to the top. Nice rock outcroppings when you get to the top but don’t stop there. Go another 15 minutes for full 360° view

hiking
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Great hike with wonderful views. Our family has done this several times. The top portion can be a bit steep, and younger kids will just need to take it slower. We have done this in summer and done it in winter with snowshoes.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Great hike! Be sure and follow the trail markers, there are a fair amount of unmarked side trails. Red markers will get you to the top of the chimney formations, near the top is a “Y”; left leads to the chimney rocks and right (following yellow markers now) will lead to the true peak. The hike is a bit strenuous as it does get quite steep near the top but it’s nothing a slower pace can’t fix if you’re not as used to hiking yet. Quite a good hike, not incredibly time consuming but allows for many different explorations near the top and a great view from multiple vantage points.

hiking
Wednesday, July 04, 2018

DEPENDING HOW MUCH YOU HIKE THIS 980 FT UP AND BE EASY FOR SOME BUT FOR MY WIFE FOUND IT A LITTLE HARD AND AT ONE POINT SHE HAD TO SIT BEFORE SHE STARTED UP THAT LAST PUSH BEFORE HE GOT TO THE TOP. ALMOST DECIDED TO GO BACK DOWN. JUST BEFORE YOU GET TO THE TOP IF YOU LOOK YOU CAN SEE A LITTLE ROCK FORMATION THAT I NICKNAMED THE SPHINX. SEE IF YOU CAN FIND IT. I DID UPLOAD PICTURES OF IT SO YOU CAN SEE.

hiking
Thursday, June 28, 2018

This is my favorite mountain I've ever explored. We were up there for hours and didn't explore half of what we wanted to! I will be back for sure. Next time with some caving equipment and a few more people.

Monday, June 25, 2018

5 and 7 year old and grownups had a great time. Heard bats near the caves.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Always will be my favorite mountain

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Nicest little mountain I have walked up in ages. On a beautiful day, with sun shining, plan to just sit and enjoy a snack or a lunch. It was almost too bad that we had to move on.

hiking
Monday, April 23, 2018

I have hiked this mountain in all four seasons. It is one of my favorite 'best bang for the buck" hikes with much to see (East Ridge, West Ridge, True Summit, Chimney Rock, Eagle Cave). I highly recommend! Please watch your children and pets around chimney rock and the cave on east ridge.

hiking
Friday, November 10, 2017

nice easier hike, beautiful area, i would go again .

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