Potash Mountain Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Potash Mountain Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Luzerne, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
984 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

2 days ago

good hike took 9 year old didn't like how your on a steep hill and can slip easally veiw was great tral easy to follow

hiking
6 days ago

This trail has changed entirely from what it was with the exception of the summit, so if you remember what it used to be, get ready for a big change! It’s 2.87 miles. It took us about 70 minutes to get to the top and 50 to get down. The trailhead is located on Potash Road, just north of Dunkley Road. It’s very clear, there’s a parking lot. The trailhead is marked as Harris Nature Preserve, and around halfway up, you find a sign that indicates you’re moving into state owned land.

The trail is definitely moderate with some harder portions closer to the top. As of July 2018, the trail is cleared and clearly marked but it’s uncultivated, which means there are portions of uphill that are just dirt, no rocks or roots to help. It’s fine in dry weather but would be tough if it was muddy or wet.

It’s a great workout and BEAUTIFUL views from the summit. As someone else stated, there are like 5 different color trail markers for no apparent reason but it’s very clear where you’re supposed to go.

The only exception was at the very end of the trail. We could see the parking lot through the trees, but somehow we followed markers that led us into a bog. We couldn’t figure out how we got off the trail (especially because there were markers) but we decided to just crash through to the lot.

All in all, a wonderful hike!

7 days ago

Great views at the top. Strenuous at points. Heavily shaded throughout. Overall, a great hike. Highly recommended.

hiking
12 days ago

Did this hike today. Moderate in length, but I would say on the more difficult side overall due to the amount of rock scrambling, loose rocks and tight squeezes going up. Be careful of your footing on the loose rocks and loose (powdery) soil. Could probably use some shoring up of the trail (Yes, I realize it's still new).
Nice views to the south and west from the top.

(Not sure why there are so many different color flags along the trail, they all seem to lead along the same trail, but there are green, orange and pink intermixed, some on the same tree).

hiking
22 days ago

This was a nice not too strenuous hike with decent views at the top. There isn’t really any views until you’re closer to where the trail ends. The true summit is up past where the flagged trail ends.

29 days ago

Nice little hike. The first half is extremely easy then the second half is more challenging with some steeper switchbacks. But overall moderate rating seems accurate.

Parking is technically at the “Harris Land Preserve” with no mention of Potash Mountain on the sign.

1 month ago

Will definitely be back!

1 month ago

Loved it! Great views at the top and the ground was soft and easy on the knees

hiking
1 month ago

Didn’t pick the best day weather wise, but still a good fairly easy hike. Great views, but the trails are very poorly marked, so be sure to stay on the footpath!

hiking
1 month ago

So fun! Wonderful view.

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