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Scarface Mountain is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ray Brook, New York that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 1,584 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Running

Forest

River

Views

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Getting There

Scarface is part of the Saranac 6er Series. On this hike you can stay along the base trail and use mountain bikes or you can continue up through some steeper sections to the top by hiking (year round). If you follow some of the herd paths you can break out to a nice view before the treed in summit. From the trailhead you will you climb a bit and work your way through an open forest to the railroad tracks. Cross the railroad tracks and continue on a mellow hike all the way to the bridge over Ray Brook. This spot is a very nice area for fishing as well as just a short destination hike. Past the bridge the trail stays very mellow through a forest of tall pines. There is one very distinctive trail split, be sure to take a left at this point, the split is well marked. Past here the trail begins to climb a bit and very soon begins to get steeper. As the terrain gets steeper the footing gets a bit less favorable, but a fun hike none the less. Along these steep slopes as you gain more elevation there are some steep areas with a bit of scrambling and wet conditions. As the trail starts to get less aggressive there are a few decent views off over the trees of the distant high peaks. The trail moderates to the unofficial summit.

dirt parking area for at least 10 cars

Primary Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 86 in Saranac Lake follow Route 86 toward Lake Placid. Continue into Ray Brook and take a right onto Ray Brook Road and follow for 0.1 miles to the trailhead on the left.

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Trish Kilgannon
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HikingRockyScramble

First hike in the ADK. Flat for a while and then the steep incline and rocky scramble hits. The fake summit is stunning, while the actual summit is marked by a white tag in the middle of trees with no view.

Thomas Kashin
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Summit trail is not maintained and hard to navigate

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Grich .
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Hiking

About a 1/2 mile in, there's a bench and dedication. I recommend googling it, as it's a very interesting story. The first 2 miles or so are flattish, then it gets pretty steep. Right after a rocky scramble at 3.0 or 3.1 miles, the trail turns left. However, there is very small herd path to the right. About 50 yards in is the best view on the whole hike, lake included. About 3.3 in is a rock area with the second best, and only remaining good view spot. Actual peak after a winding trail is marked by a small white disk nailed to a tree.

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Heather Diaz
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HikingBugs

beautiful trail in for quiet some time there are some muddy spots and the bugs were obnoxious at one point. there is a brook that runs the trail it is very peaceful and gleaming with beauty. the false summit is better than the summit which ended up being a white trail marker in the middle a wooded area. definitely no view

Paige Farrington
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Hiking

Unless you’re going for your 6er i would not recommend this hike, no view at the summit whatsoever

Drache Bowers
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HikingBugs

This was the last hike we needed for the 6'ers badge (and we saw some of the dislike of this trail posted by other commenters), so we decided to do it at night for something different. The trail was well marked and wide at the bottom (and the bog area was really cool at night), but is not well marked in the top section and goes on longer than feels necessary to the silly summit marker on a sad tree. We had some navigation troubles in the top section at night, but we were able to get enough phone signal to load the all-trails trail traces and correct ourselves. It was a little buggy but not too bad, and it was nice to be hiking at a cooler time of the day. Stars were lovely, and night hiking made for a silly spooky adventure!

Tessa King
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Joshua Sandals
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Clifton Harcum
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Hiking

A long hike with no views. Round trip was 8 miles. Just completed it to get my 6er badge. I will not hike it again.

Kubi Daniels
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Jake Pratt
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HikingBugs

This one is a bit misleading! Starts out almost too easy,, then surprises you with the incline. Overall a great hike. Trail is in fine condition, but the bugs were awful. Lots of fun rock crawling on the way up, but unfortunately no view at the summit. there is a decent sized viewing area just short of the summit, we went back and had a snack after taking our "summit picture". Beginning and end are great for a nice trail run to get the legs warmed up. Took us 2 hours and 40 minutes total with a rest at the viewing area. Nice day hike.

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Adrian Pardo
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Hiking

Great hike but unfortunately, no views when you reach the summit

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Ray K
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Anthony Umina
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Hiking

I’ve done this mountain a few times. The first time I hiked the mountain a heavy rainstorm blew in. The last time I hiked Scarface was late last summer in 2019. Scarface is part of the Saranac 6ers so if you want to achieve that hiking challenge then you’ll need to complete Scarface. However, the summit offers no views. This trail is no joke and it can be challenging at times. There a few views prior to reaching the official wooded summit where many people stop to enjoy the view. This trail sits in Ray Brook so it is in a good location for anyone coming from the Saranac or Lake Placid area

Scott Coburn
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Hiking

Finished the Saranac 6! Nice trail in good condition. Away from the crowds.

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Sarah Null
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Hiking

Beautiful and easy at the beginning, a bit steeper with some minor scrambles at the top. Wooded summit but there is an overlook near the summit. Look for white summit marker on tree. This was Hike 6/6 for the Saranac Ultra 6er, glad to end with this one because of the nice easily run-able trail at the bottom.

Rich Feistel
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

No view from summit. But alright view just before the summit. Overall just like an uphill nature walk instead of a mountain with views.

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steven resetarits
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HikingBugs

trail was in really good shape. took us about 4.5 hours round trip

Lara Varden
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HikingBlowdownIcyMuddyScrambleSnow

Really nice trail through the woods. Smell of balsams and forest flowers, babbling brook...so enjoyable! 4 of us with 3 dogs had a great time. There was patches of ice and snow toward and along the top but not so much that you would need micro spikes.

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