Moxham Mountain Trail

MODERATE 61 reviews

Moxham Mountain Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Minerva, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.5 miles
1,338 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers

The 2.7 mile trail to Moxham Mountain was constructed in the summer of 2012 and features many overlooks with scenic views, while the most spectacular views are from the 2418 foot summit. This hike begins at the small parking area along 14th Road off NY 28N in Minerva about 0.2 miles after the pavement ends. The only marking at the parking area is a "Trail Parking" sign, however it is pretty obvious as you drive down the dirt road on the left. The trail starts on the right side of the small parking area (elevation 1536 feet). You're following yellow DEC trail markers. The trail immediately climbs and reaches the first of many overlooks at 0.6 miles (elevation 1904 feet). This view is just a teaser for what's ahead, but is still a good place to take a break. The trail now descends and at 1.0 miles crosses a small stream (elevation 1724 feet). It's the outlet of an old beaver pond located just a short distance upstream. Now climbing again, pass a huge boulder on your left at 1.25 miles. Soon is another view, better than the first view with Gore Mountain as the main feature. At 1.6 miles reach the ridgeline (elevation 1993 feet) and soon you start to reach one after another of the many overlooks that line this wonderful trail. At 2.3 miles reach possibly the best of the pre summit views as the cliffs of Moxham Mountain summit come into view (elevation 2172 feet). Up there is your final destination and it's only 0.4 miles away. There are still more overlooks as you continue your climb toward the summit, reaching the 2418 foot summit at 2.7 miles. While not a 360 degree view, the views are still spectacular and the open rocks offer a great picnic spot. As you approach the edge of the summit, remember you are on top of cliffs (so take special care).

10 days ago

Our new favorite trail. It’s interesting and challenging with lots of uphills and downhills to catch your breath. The views along the way were beautiful culminating in a great view from the top.

24 days ago

One of my favorite hikes ever! Well-marked and well-cleared trail that's mostly in the shade. Amazing 270° view at the peak with a bunch of pseudo peaks along the way. It's definitely uphill with a decent elevation increase, but nothing too strenuous. It's a great workout that will leave you feeling accomplished but not overly drained! 5 stars

1 month ago

Awesome Hike!! Gorgeous view plus some on the way up!

1 month ago

Only went halfway but got some good views

1 month ago

tough but beautiful hike

1 month ago

Very pleasant forest trail. There are a couple of spots where you get a bit of a view on the way up, and the view at the top is great.

8 months ago

Really nice hike! Well-marked trail, flat for much of it and the uphills were not too steep. Several great outlooks on the way up. The peak was significantly windier/chillier than the bottom so bring layers. We loved the views, it wasn't too crowded, and it was an easy 2.5 hours up and back.

10 months ago

Such a fun hike ~ views were amazing ~ Better than expected

11 months ago

This was a spectacular hike, with an amazing view for relatively little effort. I completed this one with my 12 year old daughter and her friend, and while it took some effort on their part, they were quite please when we reached the summit. The trail was dry and well maintained. Very easy to follow. Definitely one I would do again, and one I would recommend to any interested in hiking to a mountain summit, even the 4 legged members of the family!

11 months ago

We did this trail late afternoon, ate dinner and waited for the sunset. it was beautiful. Hiked down with headlamps. Fun hike. Lots of switchbacks.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Excellent hike, great for those who are getting back into hiking. Easy, clear trail great for kids and dogs.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Party of 7 with three dogs hiked it July 30th. Hot day in the sun but most of the trail is shaded so the temps were great. Three or four great view points on trail, views of Garnet Mine and Gore Mountain and as you reach the final false summit and the actual top, great broad views of North Creek, the little valley it sits in and the ponds just north of town. Its an easy hike, even if you pack in some lunch supplies and drinks. Only gets steep just before the summit. Not a lot of shaded areas near the top, and there are some steep dangerous drop offs. Look at the map, good portion of the right hand side of the trail (during ascent) is pretty much sheer drop. But that's what gives the great broad views as well. Our party (12-50 yrs old) was up and back in less than 3 hours and we had lunch at the top. Trail head is easy to find and parking is ample. Its a busy trail, there will be other people Fri-Sun and almost everybody had a dog or 2 with them.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Wow such spectacular views! Multiple 'false' peaks totally worth the hike to the top. It was definitely harder than expected

Saturday, May 20, 2017

I hiked this as a sunrise hike and it paid off with excellent views. The trail wasn't steep and very easy going. I had the whole summit to myself. I will definitely do this hike again.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Easy to find. Beautiful trail with many scenic views along the way, would've stayed longer at the summit had it been less buggy (luckily the breeze kept the bugs at bay until that point). Took about 3 hours and that was with stopping to take photos along the way. Best views for an easier hike I've ever experienced!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Snowshoed here through 1-2ft yesterday. It was my first legit snowshoe hike of the winter and I may be a little out of shape. Took me about 3.5 hrs with stopping for lunch. Great views, trail was very well marked. If you're into beer stop by Paradox Brewing after, it's about 20 minutes away.

Friday, October 14, 2016

great hike! perfect view :) definitely doable for less experienced hikers. I wore my running shoes and I was okay. the trail is gradual, a nice mix of up and down, not a lot of drastic spikes up in elevation. the last mile is a steeper hike.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Nice views!

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Loved this trail, nice gradual incline and nice views from several vistas, including the peak. Never crowded either.

Friday, September 16, 2016

amazing! did it in 2 hours 45 minutes with my dog the views were great it was hard to leave ! trails were maintained and marked and.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Best bang for your buck! Great views of I disturbed park lands!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Awesome trail, nice combination of terrain. Did this hike with kids and 4 dogs. Only one other group on the mountain. Amazing views throughout, especially at summit.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Great hike! The distance is longer than this app says, but there are no really steppe parts. It is a gradual incline or decline the whole time. The view at the top is great!

Thursday, August 04, 2016

it was amazing great views trail was well marked. loved how it went up and down the end was great because u had to climb some but when u break open to the top it's the most beautiful views can't wait to see it in the fall time!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Great hike. Not difficult. Several viewpoints along the way. Amazing views of rolling Adirondack mountains at the summit.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A pretty easy trail- not too hard and lots of pretty views along the way. Took about 3 hours total even with a longer break to enjoy the views at the top. Also had 2 dogs with us and they seemed to fare pretty well!!

*it needs a new sign in sheet in the book*

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The trailhead sign states 2 miles, it is 2.7 miles to the summit. It took me a total of 3 hours with stops and 5.3 miles total. The trail is clearly marked and once you get to the ridge, about half way, the trail lends awesome views all the way to the summit. Only slightly rocky and a few steep spots but very easy. There were couples and younger adults coming up the trail as I was descending, so a popular trail. Highly recommend.

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