Debar Mountain Trail

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Debar Mountain Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Duane, New York that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.7 miles
1,751 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly







This is a relatively easy hike with a steep final ascent to a partially open summit with several overlooks.

8 days ago

Easy start from the Meacham Campground. First 60 min are an easy walk in the forest. There is a nice shelter to rest. The last 30 min to the summit are pretty difficult and technical. Plan to walk in a small creek with slippery rocks. The view at the top is very nice.

1 month ago

That last bit was fun, but rough. Beautiful overlook with fantastic breeze at the top. Lots of flies in the lowland areas. Dress appropriately and bring bug spray.

1 month ago

A great trail from Meacham Lake campsite. Once you park at the trailhead, you have about 6km up to the peak, total hike was 13km. It says 7.6km on the app but you need to add a 3 km walk down the path before hitting the fork where you turn left to get on the Debar mountain trail. The final ascent is near vertical for about a km. The views are impressive of Meacham lake and Deer river. It’s worth it.

2 months ago

Loved this trail! It has a nice grade most of the way up, levels off for a bit and then gets really steep before the top. It was a great challenge! Awesome views at the top, and tons of dragonfly’s!

2 months ago

Before you reach the trail-head, you should get some amazing views of Debar Mountain from the road side, especially if you are traveling North from the Tupper Lake / Saranac Lake regions. The trail makes a great adventure for the entire family. We hiked this trail in early summer when the Wild Flowers were blooming and the Song birds were singing. Lots to see on the way up the trail, including the Debar Mt Debar. When you get to the summit, you are rewarded with amazing views of Meacham Lake & Clear Pond.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 15 , great day for a hike up to Derbar. Still a lot of snow and ice which is to be expected during this time of the year. Temperature was around -4c and by midday it was +13c. Quite challenging the last mile due to all the ice.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

A nice hike to do if you're staying at Meacham Lake Campground. I did this in the summer and saw lots of bear signs. From the trailhead you follow an old road and then after about a mile the trail branches to the left. The grade remains gentle until you come to a lean-to.After that, for the last half mile or so, its a steep ascent to the summit. There are good views north towards Quebec but trees just below the summit rock obstruct the view right below.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Nice hike! Look for campsite 37, this is where the dirt road to the trailhead/ login is.
It about a half mile from campsite 37 to the parking lot.
From the log in, it is about a 3 mile hike up a gradual ascent to the lean too. Lovely walk through a mixed hardwood forest!
From the lean too on, it gets a bit tough. It's a steep climb for about 8/10 of a mile, or so.
On the day we hiked the ground was wet, and with the exposed tree roots, bare rocks, and wet leaves, it made for a challenging hike to the summit.
We were hiking with our dog, Stella. During this last scramble we kept her leashed both up and down this section of trail. Both too help her find the right path up, and later down what was a somewhat treacherous climb.
Slow but sure here was the key!
Upon reaching the summit there is a nice rock ledge to rest up and have lunch.
Unfortunately we had a rolling fog on top that limited our view. It did lift a bit, and I am sure it's a great view on a clear day.
Our descent actually took a bit longer than the ascent. 1 . 50 mins up, 2 hours and five mins down.
All in all this is a great mountain to hike. We saw a total of 4 groups of 12 people, and 3 dogs.
Well worth the time!!


Monday, August 01, 2016

It started off easy, but became a nice steep climb at the end. Loved it!

Monday, June 20, 2016

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

The trail starts out by campsite 37 at the Mecham Lake Public Campground. The campground has showers and was not very crowded on spring Sunday.
It's a great hike, trail is very visible.
When you get to the top the rock formation on your left is the summit.
There are other trails there to explore.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Enjoyed it :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Good long relatively flat trail to the base. Beautiful views at the top. We hung out on the summit for a while and lollygagged a bit and it took us 5 hours rt. We've had some dry times so the trails were not wet.

Monday, September 21, 2015

A very easy walk in to the base of the mountain along old truck roads. Really not much climbing in the first 3 km, then a nice steady climb up the side of the adjacent hill to a DEC hut. Once the hut was passed, there is a short descent across the shoulder of the hill to the old ranger cabin. After that - the climb gets steeper, requiring hands is several places. It was wet and slick when we ascended, and some places were a bit slippery.
At the top, the trail makes a sharp left up onto the open summit rock, but many people have missed the turn and continued over and past the summit before realizing and turning back.

Nice views over Meacham Lake, and to the west and north.

Not as busy as some hikes in the area and a few deadfalls over the trail. Only one other couple on the trail on a nice fall Sunday.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Was a fantastic challenging climb and did it with my granddaughter who was 13 years old at the time. It took us 6.5 hrs to complete and it cost her her running shoes. She wore the soles right off them. Beautiful vista when you reach the pinnacle.

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