Noonmark Mountain Trail

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Noonmark Mountain Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Keene Valley, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,306 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

snowshoeing

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

no dogs

A wonderful loop hike up a steep mountain for great views towards the Great Range of the High Peaks. This is a short but steep climb up a smaller peak in the Adirondack High Peaks region that is known for its spectacular views of the Great Range. This hike can be done in any season although in winter crampons are needed for the rocky summit. If it is nice out bring a camera! This loop is a combination of the Stimson Trail, Felix Adler, and the Old Dix Trail.

10 hours ago

Me and my girlfriend enjoyed this hike yesterday. We lucked out with a beautiful day, lending us unhindered 360 degree views of the park. Great view of the great range. Steep in some spots but manageable (girlfriend is 5 months pregnant and didn’t have any issues). Short hike with a big pay off.

hiking
8 days ago

Did it today with a couple of friends. It is a hard and steep hike , it was very wet and muddy in few places. Unfortunately no view from the top because of clouds ☁️
Did it but not my favorite at all.

hiking
21 days ago

Lots and lots of fun rock scrambling to the summit without any real exposure. Was lucky enough to have the entire summit to myself for over an hour. Views of the great range are unbelievable! Short hike with huge payoffs.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked to the peak of Noonmark and back out (not the full loop). Amazing 360 views from the top and it took just under 3 hours RT

hiking
1 month ago

This was not a technically difficult hike as others might suggest. However, I had hiked Gothics via the cables a week ago so everything else seems milder. Certainly gets your heart pumping... Taking a right at the intersection for the loop made for a fun climb with vistas near the top with beautiful views. Took an hour and 10 minutes to ascend. 360° views on the top were spectacular! . Descended the opposite way , longer and through the woods. Missed seeing the vistas but the woods were pretty just the same. Will have to return in the fall!

Wrong mileage here. From the AMR lot via the Felix Adler Trail it is 6.8 miles. Some steep parts, nothing too scary.

hiking
2 months ago

This is not a moderate hike it was quite tough. My group is pretty fit and we had to take multiple short breaks before we reached the peak. It took around 2 hours to get up and a little over 1 to get down. This trail is almost vertical from the start. There's a few false peaks that provide great views. The peak is very rewarding. 360 views and plenty of areas to check out once you get up.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike was certainly not what we were expecting from a moderately rated trail. Although a relatively shorter hike, it was steep with mostly rock about halfway up the trail and some scrambles as well. We really enjoyed the challenge, but certainly weren’t expecting so much of it. A few false summits on the way that we’re absolutely stunning, and you can see the summit from some of them. I’d definitely do this again at some point. Summit views are spectacular to say the least. We weren’t sure about the “loop” we did as an up and back Highly recommend.

2 months ago

Loved this hike - gorgeous scenery, steep ascents, both open and covered terrain, and 360 views from the peak. Very few hikers, one of whom was an elderly man climbing with the aid of a cane.

3 months ago

Great!

hiking
3 months ago

We did this hike as an up and back, not as loop. We felt that it was our favorite summit so far, liked it better than Giant. And, while not as long as Giant, it was as challenging vertically. Trail was in great shape. The numerous vistas on the way up we’re nice and a great place for short breaks.

Great way to start off hiking season. Short, fairly easy trail with not very many people.

hiking
4 months ago

Did this one with the family ... wife and 2 boys (12 and 8). It was an amazing hike and view. We're a hiking family, and our kids did it like champs. If you're not used to scrambling or really steep climbs, it might not be for your young ones. Ours loved it and will remember it the rest of their lives.

4 months ago

Moderate hike with more difficulty near summit. Views are wonderful with a bit of everything, wooded trail, pond and great 360 degree view from summit.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views. It gets steep pretty much right away and the again as you approach the summit. I wouldn’t recommend this with young children or with pets. The wind was incredible at the summit and the rock climb is steep.

We did the ‘loop’ to the pond and ended about 1-2 miles from the Ausable Road lot. We must’ve missed the turn back to Ausable Road. Love the hiker community as a couple saw us walking the road and saved us about 1/2 mile.

All in all, the hike was great. Our first hike this season and we’re feeling it despite being in shape. Have fun!

hiking
5 months ago

The view from Noonmark Mountain is spectacular - with 360 degree views of the surrounding high peaks. The summit is large and rocky, with room for dozens of hikers to find a spot of their own - with only 3-4 other hikers on the mountain yesterday, we felt like the mountain was ours.

There is still ice at the top, and micro spikes would have come in very handy because both the final ascent and the South side descent were very difficult and treacherous. We're anxious to do this hike again in the fall, where it will no doubt be less technically tricky - but in any event, feel that this hike should be labeled difficult, not moderate. It is extremely steep with wonderful rock scrambles that require balance and long reaches, which might be impossible for smaller children, small pets, and older hikers.

DEC has not been up here yet to clean up the trail, though, and there were some major obstacles (big downed trees) in the way that you had to find a way to heave over or squeeze under, because there was no way around. And the signage, as noted by other reviewers, is awful. We came in from the North with no difficulty, then took the trail that led south down and away from the mountain. But at the point where we should have turned back North again, we saw only an option to go left (to route 73) or right. We went left, and headed East, thinking we were on the right trail, until we found Round Pond on our right. We ended up at the Round pond trailhead on 73, and needed a ride back to Ausable Road.

My fitbit measured a 10 mile hike - so either the trail map or the fitbit are way off.

A lovely, difficult hike with incredible views!

hiking
5 months ago

Great mountain for a day hike with great views! Beware- there are a lot of false summits when you get near the top- that craggy looking thing in the distance? year- that's where you're going!

6 months ago

Was at the top on March 25th under the sun and with lots of snow. Wonderfull trail with 360 degrees view at the top. Not too crowded but trail was walked on so did not have to use snowshoes. 10 spikes crampons can be usefull.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful views! One of my favorites!! ❤️⛰

10 months ago

Ditto on the microspikes comment! Gorgeous hike!

hiking
10 months ago

Just did the summit of Noonmark out and back. Awesome view for a hike less than 4 hours. We went on an overcast fall day and it was absolutely stunning view of Keene Valley and the High Peaks. Hike definitely had my heart beating - it was a very steep climb to the top.

hiking
10 months ago

Make sure you have spikes

hiking
11 months ago

Unbelievable day and a beautiful hike. Remarkable vista at the top. Relatively easy hike that gets a little steep at the end. 3.2 miles in going through Round Pond. Great family hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Loved this hike. A number of ledges with good views on the way up. Pretty easy for the most part. The last leg up requires a lot of use of all four limbs and could be intimidating for some people. We were moments away from the Summit and a massive cloud rolled in. It robbed us of 100% of views on a mountain that is highly touted for it's views. Spent an hour in the cloud and high winds hoping it would clear out. It didn't, so we took the loop trail back down to play it safe. Doing the loop adds 1.5 miles to the trip as compared to an out and back, but it's a quick and easy grade going down. The trail in the col between Noonmark and Round is mostly runoff, so be aware of that.

hiking
Friday, October 13, 2017

360 views on summit ~ You can see all the high peaks!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

It was hard but very pretty views at the top!!!

hiking
Monday, October 02, 2017

I underestimated the difficulty of this hike! We never made it quite to the summit but the views were spectacular.

hiking
Monday, October 02, 2017

I do suggest to do the loop starting with the right (as shown on this tracking), it gets a bit difficult at times to climp up but probably easier than going down ! Nice views

hiking
Monday, September 18, 2017

You could hike in both directions. If you bear right (and start immediately climbing) at the fork, then you will have a tougher climb, yet plenty of spectacular viewpoints (the higher you go - the better the views!), and easier descent on the other side (with very few views). This is relatively short yet challenging hike with a few very steep sections on rock face, a couple of short ladders and significant elevation gain within 1-2 miles of climbing. I hiked "Van Hoevenberg" trail to Mt.Marcy last year and don't remember sections as steep, so in terms of ascent this hike is probably even tougher. The views are indeed 360 degrees from the summit, and you could see quite a few peaks all around on a clear day.
Our group of 8 completed the loop in just less than 6 hours (and we were going slowly) and counted equivalent of 8.4 miles on pedometers.

hiking
Monday, September 18, 2017

Awesome hike with the family!! Depending on your skills it can be considered hard as long as you have trekking poles all will be good

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