Elk Lake to Panther Gorge

HARD 5 reviews
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Elk Lake to Panther Gorge is a 17.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Hudson, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

17.2 miles
3,044 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly





nature trips




wild flowers


1 month ago

Hard hike with a pack. Mostly covered woods. Very hard not to get your feet wet in Marcy swamp. Panther Gorge is the spot. You are surrounded by Marcy, Skylight, and Haystack when camping. Great water with some small mountain swimming holes. Save energy for the hike out, especially if you’ve been climbing those mountains! Saw two Moose near Panther Gorge!

11 months ago

Parking lot fills up even on weekdays. Most actually hike the Dix range. If you like to be away from people this is the trail for you, saw a pair of people going up and saw no one coming back. Many wet spots, however lots of small creeks to filter water. This really is a great hike, not steep with lots of shade. The black flies were minimal, just in evening. Hiked Skylight, Gray and Haystack from panther gorge tent site. No one was in the lean to

11 months ago

Long but interesting hike. Started at Elk Lake (had to park 2 miles from trailhead as lot was full) and took the trail to Panther Gorge. Go over a few ridges including the Colvin ridge where you just drop back down to original elevation. Turned right at junction in Panther Gorge where you have about a half mile to the turn off to Haystack. Continued to the summit of Haystack along a challenging but fun trail. Rated as one of the steepest trails in the Adirondacks. The views from Haystack are absolutely spectacular. Only saw one other couple at the summit so almost had the entire rock dome to myself. Could see a crowf of people atop Marcy so glad I picked this one instead. Long hike out as a day trip but if you camped at Panther Gorge you would have a choice of some of the best peaks/hikes in the entire park. Highly recommend.

9 months ago