Noonmark Mountain Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Noonmark Mountain Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2122 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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 is a good hike for family and kids and can be done in any season although in winter crampons may be a good idea for the rocky summit. If it is nice out bring a camera!

hiking
7 days 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!

5 months ago

Ditto on the microspikes comment! Gorgeous hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Make sure you have spikes

hiking
8 months ago

This hike is no joke! Not a long hike but it is certainly not easy. It gets steep and lets you know it. A very fun and challenging hike! The views from the top are outstanding! 360 degrees of pure beauty! I spent 30 minutes or more on top all by myself. What a feeling of owning a mountain, or at least for a short time. Nothing like being on top of a mountain all by yourself! What an awesome feeling!

hiking
8 months ago

it was a great hike, did it towards the middle of November last year. ice a bit here and here. But a beauty of a hike . recommended for sure!

9 months ago

Amazing view!!!

hiking
9 months ago

Outstanding!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful climb with few lookout points on a way. Definitely a good workout and bit challenging. Beautiful view of high peaks as it sits in the middle of Giant, Mount Marcy and the Great Range. Highly recommended.

11 months ago

Loved the view, although it was overcast. Constant drizzle made the rocks slick - would have been far easier on a dry, sunny day! Highly recommend this hike!

hiking
11 months ago

Awesome climb with a huge variety of terrain, plenty of steep and challenging rock and soil, a little bit of scrambling in a few spots, and even a couple of wooden ladders along the way to get up some of the worst areas.

It starts out pretty mellow, just a mellow climb through the woods. It gets continuously steeper and more difficult as you go, with a lot more exposed rock higher up and some scrambling along the way. This is not a hike you would want to do if it's raining. There's a lot of fairly steep areas and exposed rock which would be a nightmare if it was wet.

The view from the top is astounding. You have a complete 360 view of the High Peaks for miles and miles. Today the wind was blowing so strong is was a bit scary getting near the edge. But the view was breathtaking. There isn't much to see except some nice woods and a stream until you get about 2/3 of the way up. That's when the views begin.

Overall a great hike, really challenging, and really rewarding. One fellow I passed along the way said, "The stats on this one really doesn't do it justice. This is a tougher mountain than most people expect and it's one of my favorite climbs." I would agree with that.

Oh, we hiked the first clear day after 3 days of rain but water really wasn't a problem. You had a little mud in places and some of the rock was wet in spots, but overall the mountain handled the three days of rain just fine.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Hiked this last week, was challenging but definitely worth it. A bit of ice on the way up. had to find different routes to get in certain areas. Overall amazing.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Quick but challenging (and rewarding) hike that was steeper than expected and included incredible views from the top.

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