Moxham Mountain Trail

MODERATE 29 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.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1423 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

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).

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7 days ago

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9 days ago

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

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15 days ago

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17 days ago

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.

18 days ago

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26 days ago

1 month ago

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

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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.

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3 months ago

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!

5 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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10 months ago

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.

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10 months ago

Nice views!

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10 months ago

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

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11 months ago

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago