Rocky Mountain Summit

MODERATE 133 reviews
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Rocky Mountain Summit is a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Inlet, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
433 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

A short, but demanding hike up to one of the better views of the Fulton Chain Lakes. Rocky Mountain may be a short hike, but the view will keep you there for hours! Just minutes from downtown Inlet, NY. The summit of Rocky Mountain overlooks 4th Lake of the Fulton Chain Lakes as well as the hamlet of Eagle Bay. This is one of the best views of the lake, as the summit is on the western side of the lake.

hiking
3 days ago

This was a nice short hike and we only needed microspikes for the hike. There was ice in spots but very doable. From the top you could Bald Mountain Firetower off in the distance.

hiking
1 month ago

Very quick and extremely easy winter hike with two children ! We went off the trail a little bit to make the hike more difficult and found some rocks for scrambling and tree branches to make the climb a little more challenging. Please make sure you are an experienced hike if you don’t choose to follow the trail ! There were many bobcat prints throughout the hike so be prepared to encounter some wild animals, especially in the winter! Also, good, water proof footwear with grips are a must! The trails are quite muddy and flooded in some areas

hiking
2 months ago

A nice short hike to a beautiful open overlook of Eagle Bay, and surrounding mountains and lakes. A nice hike for the whole family.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great short trail for such an awesome view! Definitely wear hiking shoes as there’s lots of mud and roots. The way down was actually harder than the way up, due to the steepness. Busy at the top due to fall foliage but everyone was so nice and taking pictures for each other.

hiking
3 months ago

Short hike but will def be a small workout. There are a ton of roots on the trail- absolutely need proper footwear and to pay attention. The incline can be quite steep and the rocks can be slippery. I watched several people almost slip.

Trail etiquette doesn’t seem to be a thing here. Some kid was smoking a cigarette on the trail. Um hello, did you miss the Smokey the bear lesson in school? You can’t wait til you at least get back to the car?

The view from the top is nice, but there are many better hikes in the adks. I wouldn’t do this again.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views over looking 4th lake, Inlet / Eagle Bay Area. About a 20 min steady climb/ hike to the top.

hiking
3 months ago

Moderate trail with a fantastic view from peak. Trail not clearly marked and appears heavily used. Many different switchbacks from people cutting their own trail. . Well worth it but may be tricky when wet.

3 months ago

Fat guy approved (I can say that because I'm the fat guy).
Decent hike. Views are worth the effort.

3 months ago

An easier ascent than Bald Mountain. Great views.

4 months ago

the trail is pretty steep but short and probably one of the best low effort high reward hikes I've done. hung around on top till sunset!

hiking
4 months ago

Heavily worn trial but not much traffic when I hiked it earlier today.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail. Short, a bit steep at times but I my 3yo did it while holding my hand. Can get pretty slick in the rain. Go early to beat the crowds but there is actually plenty of room on the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

This is one of those bast bang for your buck kinda hikes. Unfortunately the trail is not maintained and people looking for alternative routes around the scrambles have really done great damage to the area. The trail has now become too wide. they should increase the trail markers to make people aware where the trail is as well as delineate the alternative route around the scrambles so there are not more than one. other than that, the views of Fourth Lake are awesome!

hiking
6 months ago

had to give it 5 stars. it was the 2017 solar eclipse so my son and i hiked this very short trail and very steep. for any photographers you should consider this mountain, it may have heavy traffic of people but wow the view is amazing.

6 months ago

Great short hike! Perfect for little ones. Hiked with 6 kids, ages ranging from 7yr to 5mo.

6 months ago

Short, rugged hike with a spectacular view of fourth lake

hiking
6 months ago

Great quick hike with a great view!

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked this with my DH today. Short and steep but there were pleasant wildflowers near the top and a decent view. A good hike if you want a good exercise on the calves! :-P

hiking
7 months ago

I hiked Black Bear first then hit Rocky. Glad I saved the much better view from this short, steep hike for last great place to enjoy a lunch and a view

hiking
7 months ago

Short. A little steep in a couple spots. Awesome, open view of the lake at the top. I imagine this would be a great family hike. We saw a lot of children and dogs on the trail. Also great if you're looking to just get a quick hike in. Black Bear Mtn trail is right next to it if you want to make a day of hiking.

hiking
9 months ago

A very short, very easy hike with a great view. The summit is large and offers what appear to be totally different views than bald mountain which is only a few miles away. This is a very easy hike for a family with young children.

hiking
11 months ago

Very icy but anything more than microspikes might be overkill. Winter ascent took 24 mins. Great views with minimal effort.

hiking
Saturday, October 28, 2017

great hike for kids

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Very short, but a beautiful view at the top. Great for beginners!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Incredible views, totally worth the climb.

hiking
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

This trail has huge rewards for little work. Short but slightly steep climb through a pretty forest. When you see the cool looking uprooted tree, you're almost there. The view was so amazing, I decided to wait it out until dusk and catch the sunset. Totally worth it. I had two flashlights with me and made it down in the dark, no problem. Quick hike but you'll want to stay at the summit all day.

hiking
Monday, September 18, 2017

Done before, but was doing Black Bear, so I did this since they share a trail parking lot. Great views as always, quick but very steep hike. Took me about 20 minutes to get the top. Trail isn't marked the best, I mean, it's pretty straight forward, you go up or you go down, but it would be nice if there were more markers, it seems like the trail was really wide at some places.

hiking
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Nice trail. Steep all the way. Took me 20 min. Nice views.

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Really awesome! Made it up in less than 15

hiking
Friday, July 21, 2017

A very steep half mile up to an absolutely breathtaking view of Inlet and Fourth Lake. The sunset was gorgeous. Trail is very wide and multiple paths can be taken. Very muddy and sign for trail is missing from the post.

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