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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.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 1,338 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers
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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).

Parking Area

Take NY 28N WEST out of North Creek toward Minerva. That major rock mountain on your left as your driving along NY 28N is Moxham Mountain. In Minerva, turn left on 14th Road. Follow 14th Road to the end of the pavement and another 0.2 miles along the dirt road to the small parking area on the left. The GPS coordinates are N43 46.227 W74 00.720 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle

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Brenda Reyna
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Great views! Well marked!

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Russell Matteson
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very moderate trail. look outs most of the way up. great views from summt.

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Michael Clough
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Steady incline. Last half mile was tough. Would do again. Great lookouts and views.

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Deb Stacey
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Christine Finn
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Pictures don’t do this view justice! Super enjoyable hike as the trail is clearly marked and extremely well kept (I didn’t see one piece of garbage!). As an active beginner, I’d rate Moxham as a hard moderate hike. Pretty steep/long incline in the beginning and leading to the peak but absolutely do-able with breaks. Excellent variety of elevation, in/out of the woods and various outlooks along the way. Got there 9am Tuesday morning and were the first in the lot. Ran into 2 other groups at the peak and 3 on the way back. It was in the 30s on the way up and warmed up to the 60s on the way down, dress in layers if you’re hiking in the fall!

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Kevyn Nelson
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very beautiful lot's of overlooks took the dog as part of the adk9 challenge lots of fun!

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Phil W
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Busy hike as you can see from all the recent reviews. Parking lot full and cars parking on the road at 11 am on a Friday. But it’s busy for a reason. Short hike for big views.

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Joseph Diamond
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Easy hike for me. The views are pretty nice. Got to the trail on the Tuesday after Labor Day and was the second car in the lot at 8AM. 6 cars or so when I left. Was feeling good so I climbed Vanderwacker Mountain afterwards

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Thomas Cannon
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Jackie Muermann
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Highly recommended! Spectacular views at each of the overlooks as you climb to the summit.

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Justin Tironi
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Great trail to hike once the fall weather kicks into full gear. Lots of views to choose from as you make your way to the top. I’m not the most athletic person in the world but taking our time, my group made it up to the top in close to 2 hours. Definitely recommend this hike.

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Bob Forget
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Great Trail, definitely a moderate level hike. It was steep in certain areas but it wasn’t too intense. The views were awesome throughout the entire hike. I would definitely recommend this trail.

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Vrushali Chavan
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Brittany Hill
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Definitely high traffic trail. Lots of exposed roots and rocks, but makes for a nice gentlish climb to the the summit. Really enjoyed the perfect weather and all the view points on the way to the summit. My 2 dogs did great and saw a few families with little kids who did great. Arrived at 1pm and was able to park no issue a little ways up from the trailhead.

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Deborah Balcanoff
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Trail is really around 4.8 miles with 963 vertical ascent per ADK but due to all of the ups and downs you can expect to climb close to 1500 feet. But because of the switchbacks it is easy going. It was a beautiful weekday to hike. The trail is well marked and the views are beautiful. Take time to enjoy the various lookouts before the summit.

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Shayna Greene
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Cindy Chan
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Easy to follow trail, and a nice and easy steady incline. Beautiful views up at top.

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Denise Barlow
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A new favorite with some of the best views around. Hiked on a Tuesday with my hubby, our newly adopted rescue dog, Blue, and my girlfriend who lives in the area and was kind enough to introduce us to the hike. First major hike (definitely the longest) for our dog who loved it and did great. Husband and I hike frequently in VT but had not hiked a mountain summit in a while. I think the moderate ranking is accurate. Steady climb off the bat but I like that nice steady workout. I tend to hate coming down but this was not bad in that respect. My husband, who has COPD, did great but would rate hike the hard side of moderate. But again, first mountain like summit in a while. Overall, very doable and SO worth it for so many views! Gorgeous even on a semi cloudy day like we had. Distance is more like 6 miles.Ran into one person going up right before us, one person coming down with a dog and then a larger group of about 8 or more people who kind of took over one vantage point at main summit but there were plenty of other spots to park yourself for a snack or lunch. Coming down we let a few of the large group pass us by so we could have some quiet!

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Andrea Craig
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For two 30-something Manhattanites this was a solid hike. Lots of pretty vistas to catch your breath. Not buggy at all. Steep at times but levels off quickly.

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Jennifer Smith
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Jennifer Heffernan
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Nathan Herrmann
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Kaitlin Scarpelli
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Loved this hike...steep but lots of little overlooks to catch the scenery and take a breath.

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Exploring With Dan!
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Awesome hike! Check out Exploring With Dan! On YouTube for any questions or just a hint of what to expect on this hike!

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Erin Lopata
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THE VIEWS!!!!! Pretty easy 5.5 miles and the views are incredible. Many overlooks to take in the mountains. Not crowded at all today. We were the only ones at the summit and just sat and took it in for over a half hour. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! A new favorite!

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Robert Schaefer
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Beautiful views on the way up and an amazing 180 deg summit view. Highly recommended

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Kathleen Buckley-Howard
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Perfect day for hiking! Perfect temperature, good breeze, awesome company.

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Brody King
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Beautiful trail- closer to 6 miles total. Easy hike but not boring in the least!! Incredible false peaks along the way and an amazing summit!! My 8 and 11 year old had no trouble hiking up and back down. Highly recommend!!

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Stephanie Mahoney
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Excellent reward with the effort! One of the best summit views I've seen of the shorter hikes in ADK. 1 hour and 20 minutes to ascend on a nice summer morning (about the same for descent). Some steep sections but slow and steady wins the race. Convient outlooks for breaks along the way. Not too crowded at all.

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Anna P
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Gorgeous trail. Would say it’s easy-moderate. The views are stunning. Go early to beat the crowd.

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