Moxham Mountain Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily 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 bird watching and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,338 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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The 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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1 day ago

Great trail , the views were amazing and there were so many stops on the way to the summit.

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1 day ago

Wow! I really enjoyed this hike today. The weather was much cooler so no bugs! Yay! Trail was well maintained. It was more of a gradual climb with some steeper parts and I think it was one of the easier climbs. There are so many places for great views. We stopped about 5 different times to look around and take pix. And at one point ( to the left) you can see the mountain/ cliff area that you are about to climb- sooo cool! Spectacular views! One of my new favorites!

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8 days ago

Lovely hike! Just the right amount of challenge for me - I’m active and five months pregnant. Morning was a great time to go as it did warm up quite a bit by the time we finished around noon. Bugs were out, but not bad. Great views along a lot of the route. Excellent payoff for not too much elevation gain. The grade was moderate, in my current condition I appreciated that it was not too steep on the way down. Compared to the high peaks, this trail is easy. Dry trail, tennis shoes would be fine.

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bugs
8 days ago

This was a bittersweet hike. It’s not moderate, be warned, this is difficult unless you’re a seasoned hiker. You’re going uphill the majority of the time, and going back down was tough with exhausted legs. Bring extra water, and prepare extra time to rest between the periodic view points along the trail. As for the view, definitely one of a kind. Truly felt like I was above the mountains, even with the bugs in my face! Almost full 360 view

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9 days ago

Terrific hike and gorgeous views; I highly recommend an early start to avoid the bugs. Don’t expect to spend much time at the summit right now, they stayed far away though while moving. Some mud at the base but very dry at the the top; be prepared with the heat. Total moving time was 2 hours! Great way to start a day!

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9 days ago

My fiancé and I have hiked serval difficult trails so when I say this was the absolute worst hiking experience of my life I mean it seriously! The hike was straight up hill for the second 2/3rds of the hike which is okay if you are looking for that level of difficulty but on top of that it was very muddy, very rocky, with fallen trees everywhere, and generally unsteady. All of that aside the absolute worst part was the incessant attack from biting flies. You could not stand in one place for more than 10 seconds without being attacked. If you slow down at all you will be attacked. The view at the top is definitely beautiful but it was not worth it for us. If you’re planning to go on this hike definitely be prepared with bug spray, a face net, plenty water, and food.

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9 days ago

Lovely dry trail that is moderately steep - 1800+’ in 2.7 miles. Wonderful views on top and along the way. Trail maintenance is great as you can see where there were many downed trees across the trail that have recently been cleared. No current obstacles and lots of nice overlook stops if you want to take a break on the way up. No mud that I saw. Will do this again.

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bugs
9 days ago

Pretty buggy for the first half, but great trail otherwise

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bugs
15 days ago

Nice hike with great views. No mud. Some bugs, mainly when not moving. 3hrs 20 minutes including 20 min at summit.

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17 days ago

we did this hike two days ago. a real nice hike. can see nice views all around with no leaves on the trees. the trail was nice no problems pretty easy. real nice views...

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snow
22 days ago

Brisk day today. Beautiful hike. Bulk of elevation in first .5 of the hike...then gradual the rest if the way. easy trail to follow. Lots of spots for photos.

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29 days ago

Three solid months of the Covid blues when along comes a Sunday in early May, 72 degrees, carner blue sky and lots of happy clouds, and that sweet, undulating Moxham Mountain trail. Near perfect.Thank you, Lord. No serious blow down. Bugs not a problem if you don't linger. Mud was what any reasonable hiker would expect this time of year. That's why we buy those expensive hiking boots. Nope, no snow.

29 days ago

nice hike.. great visibility today 5/3. gradual incline.

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bugs
1 month ago

So. Many. Bugs. Beautiful and vigorous hike.

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1 month ago

Found nice blue, nylon-type coat that someone left on trail, April 28 2020; left it fastened around tree , at trail-head

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1 month ago

Great Hike. Easily one of my favorites. Trailhead is easy to find and the trail is easy to follow and pretty well maintained. Many views on the way to the top. Took about 3 hours total with about 30 minutes spent at the top. Definitely one I would do again.

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blowdown
1 month ago

Great trail only it’s very messy with trees down everywhere. Had to climb over them and under

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1 month ago

recorded Moxham Mountain Trail

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Awesome hike. Took about 4 hours round trip. April 2020 with some blown down trees but no ice. Windy at the top and trees show it to always be that way so bring layers.

1 month ago

I found a necklace charm holding ashes. If it's yours please contact me at olesheskim@gmail.com. Also- great hike on Easter Sunday today!

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1 month ago

Nice hike & a bit closer (I live in Rochester, NY) than most ADK peaks. As Denise mentioned there's a lot of blowdown in the early going, the mud isn't bad especially for this time of year, no spikes needed as snow, ice all but gone. Pretty moderate elevation, a good route for something less challenging than a typical 46'r summit. Nice view for a lower elevation peak, snow squalls today but a few breaks allowed for a couple pics.

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