Peaked Mountain Trail

EASY 41 reviews
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Peaked Mountain Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North River, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.2 miles
1,351 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


15 days ago

Everything you could want in a hike! Long enough to give yourself a real workout with a good deal of challenging climbing. Breathtaking scenery and variation in environment.

13th lake is such a scenic sight for the first 0.9 miles or so. Then a peaceful stream with a few small waterfalls borders your hike right after this. Then it's a pleasant walk in the woods, along with a few marshes. Your penultimate destination is the Peaked Mountain Pond, which is so serene and clear. Perfect to catch a catnap or lunch. The hike to Peaked Mountain from the pond will likely take you roughly 30-45 minutes, depending on your fitness and pace. We took our time and it took us 40 minutes from the pond.

The summit is a gem. 180 degree views, with multiple viewing points. The pond that you came from is below you, along with a small glimpse of 13th lake, Gore Mountain, and other peaks in the distance.

The hike is around 7-7.5 miles rather than 6.2. Also, while it would more appropriately be labeled as moderate in my opinion, still a great and very accessible hike if you are in at least decent shape and have hiked in the Adirondacks before. Our party had a total hiking time of 5 hours, with 1 hour for lunch and pictures.

7 months ago

great climb along the brook with many cascades. BUT the trail from the pond to the summit is not "easy" moderate at best. certainly worth the effort.

8 months ago

Nice hike. Steep only for the last 1/4 mile or so which does require a little scrambling. Multiple stream crossings, ponds and a great view at the open rock summit.

8 months ago

love the 13th lake area, brought our Akita with us and he loves being able to get a fresh drink the majority of the hike, you can get a great view of the high peaks from a distance but, it needs to be a clear day, was a little windy on top but, that's to be expected would highly recommend this hike, good little burn, and great payoff, recommend basil and wicks great burgers and the beer isn't bad either

9 months ago

This hike is beautiful; peeks of river, winding paths, but due to the steep/scrambling end; I would not call this an easy hike. Views at the top are incredible and worth it.

10 months ago

We did this trip several years ago. The last bit is difficult, but the top views are spectacular and well worth the effort.

10 months ago

The trail is well marked. The trail could use a little brushing back in spots, but it's not that tight. The segment to the summit is quite steep, but there are plenty of handholds and compared to other trails in the ADKs is not extreme. There is significant erosion so I would not attempt in rain--as of yesterday the muddy areas and stream crossings were fine. Bottom line--views were completely worth it as was cooling off in 13th lake at the conclusion.

10 months ago

The view from the summit was great. VERY steep at the end! The trail was overgrown in some spots.

11 months ago

It's a very long but easy nature walk at first. My group was unsure where the mountain we were climbing even was at first since the walk from the parking lot was so long. Get ready to cross a lot of streams and waterfalls on the way! The last three quarters of a mile were a challenge once we finally reached the mountain but the views were SUPER worth it at the peak. Beautiful Adirondack wilderness for miles.

11 months ago

This trail is just about 8 miles long from the trailhead to the summit. The view was nice but the rough terrain, narrow trail (constantly rubbing against brush), and sheer amount of bugs didn't make it worth it for me. Also the last .8 miles was the steepest I've ever done so I can't imagine why this trail is rated as 'easy'.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

This is not an easy trail, unless you are just planning to go to the pond. The approach to the mountain is steep and rocky. My gps tracked the out and back to the mountaintop at 7.8 miles, not the 6.2 miles listed on this app. Nice views from the top, but there are numerous stream crossings so it can be more challenging after heavy rains.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

An absolutely gorgeous hike with a little bit of everything. The hike from Siamese ponds to the summit is certainly more difficult than "easy" but SO worth it. It also seemed like it was more than 6.2 miles. I would recommend this hike to anyone. it was a great day!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Awesome trail!! Not the best marked but the trail was very well worn. Only really confused at 1 spot. Awesome views along the way as well.

Also- we had a hard time finding the trailhead. Map it using the directions from this app and you should be good.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Great trail. Roundtrip to the pond is 6.6 miles. To summit would be between 7 and 8. Mileage in app is a little off. 13th lake is beautiful. All postcard shots. The hike to the pond is fairly easy. Nice views of other mountains along the way as well as the summit. Pond is very scenic. It poured when we got to the pond so we opted out of summit. Great view of summit from pond.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Beautiful hike! First you walk along thirteenth lake which is so serene and quiet. Many areas to stop and swim. Lake is so clear without much seaweed. Than you turn right and keep walking straight past a wooden bridge to your left and follow the stream to peaked pond, also another clear and private water area than you can swim at and dip feet. Than its a short fairly steep incline to top with 3 lookout points. Definitely great for kids but can be a fairly long walk to mountain. The best part was swimming in thirteenth lake at end.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Hiked Memorial day 2016. 7am-2pm. Only saw two other hikers. Went for a swim at Peaked Mountain Pond. Very beautiful marsh land between the brook and the pond. PRIME campsite on the pond, with fire pits, great condition. Would do this again.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This was a great hike longer and more challenging than the easy rating implies. The first three miles consist of a fairly easy walk to the pond. After that it gets a bit more challenging for the last half mile up the mountain.
At the summit there are some great views, especially to the south east.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Went on this hike after two days of rain. We spent most of our time circumnavigating the flooding out trail. The trail crosses what would normally be a babbling brook but because of the rain was a raging river. We had to try several locations to find a safe spot to cross.
Because of time constraints we couldn't finish this hike and stopped about a mile short of the destination.
I would definitely do this hike again but I would wait for drier weather.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Harder than the easy label suggests. I would classify it as moderate, but awesome! The trail has a great variety and is a joy to hike.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

This was a great hike on a beautiful fall day. We took our time because the trail was wet and muddy from rain the day before. We had planned on hiking to the summit but because of the rain the last bit was too much of a grade for our dogs to make it. They kept slipping and it just wasn't safe for them. Had we allowed them off the leash they would have made it. Definitely will do this trail again!

Friday, September 04, 2015

This is by far my favorite hike. It was an easy trail that followed the lake and then followed a creek which brought you to the pond. The climb to the top of the mountain from there was steep but short. There were some tough spots where you had to use your hands to climb but it was well worth the effort. It took 7.5 miles and 5 hours taking our time and stopping at the pond up and back. At the start there is a tree down and the trail disappears you just have to find your way around it. Sept of 2015

Friday, July 03, 2015

Nice enough, not too steep, but a bit rocky and muddy, especially for July.

Monday, May 18, 2015

What a delightful hiking experience!
Plenty of water and gentle incline to pond. The climb to the top of Peaked Mtn is really not that bad during this time of the year but do bring bug repellant, the black flies are pretty ravenous.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Nice and trying for a day hike out in the snow. The trail gets hard to follow in the snow but it's kind of hard to get lost anyway. Following the trail up to the peak is a good idea, but watch for the real steep parts that are sheets of ice with a thin last of snow.
The views from the top are super.
For a change in scenery I bushwhacked back to thirteenth lake over the frozen ponds and swamps. Great fun. Gorgeous part of the world.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

For an added twist try it in the winter. It's a fun warm up for high peaks snow shoeing. It is not as exhausting as a high peaks romp can be but the terrain and scenery change frequently . First along the lake, then up along the beautiful tumbling brook, then leveling out near the beaver dams , that meander that brings you to P.M.pond . The final scramble up the last pitch, I was on my hands and knees laughing out loud it was so much fun. Peaked Mt. is a taste of high peaks without the commitment. I make it a yearly and never tire of it.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

This was a great hike for our crew on a beautiful day. The round about trail keeps you in view of the peak for much of the walk and the scrammbles on your way up are a lot of fun. We enjoyed exploring the peak and having lunch on a nice outcrop. Very nice hike.

Friday, July 13, 2012

This is a great trail that I've done several times. The trailhead is on the north end of Thirteenth Lake. The first half mile or so is along the western shore of the lake, with some minor ups and downs, alternating along the shoreline and into the woods to avoid water obstacles. There are a couple of camping sites along this section. Upon reaching the brook the signed trail splits south to Hour Pond and west towards Peaked Mountain Pond. The western trail follows the brook a good distance while steadily gaining elevation, until gaining a full crossing which could be dicey in high water. From here the trail winds through the forest, averting a marshy flat to reach a small beaver pond with a small wooded peak reflecting in it. My latest trip found the area above this flooded out by beaver activity, with two new pools inundating the trail. Someone has blazed a rough new trail through the activity and tied strategic ribbons, and in a short distance the trail is regained. Another marshy area complete with several dead but interesting trees is soon circumvented, but now Peaked Mountain looms as the dominant feature with it's bald ledges and cliffy eastern face. Back in the forest the trail quickly follows the outlet stream and suddenly you are on Peaked Mountain Pond. Following the trail right (north) rolls up and down throught the woods until you climb down into a col, cross an inlet stream, and begin the real work of the hike: a steep--although short-- unforgiving trail up Peaked Mountain. It's probably only a quarter mile to the top, but so steep it seems farther. Near the top, a small dome offers a nice view down on the pond, but don't linger it gets better. In a short return to the scrub you break out on top, and a great view east over the deep forested landscape, with a thread of Thirteenth lake showing on a clear day. Wander, and you will find ledges to explore with great views south into the Siamese Ponds Wilderness, Peaked Mountain Pond, completely ringed by mountains, and some view beyond, towards Indian Lake. You can trace the drainage you used to get here while eating your lunch. There is a small humpy ledge with views north, but limited due to the drop to the east. I've not found a view west/northwest. Great hike for the effort.

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