Snow Mountain Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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 best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Enjoy a short but steep hike to the top of a seldom climbed small peak in the High Peaks with spectacular views. Snow mountain, at 2,360 feet, is not one of the tallest peaks in the High Peaks area of the Adirondacks but it has just as good of a view as some of it's taller neighbors. The trail to the top is steep and you will have some stream crossings but the view from the top of Giant and other surrounding high peaks makes the steep ascent worth it.
We climbed Snow mountain on a lovely 6o degree day in late november. We started at the trailhead just outside of Keene Valley; the same parking lot where one can climb to snow, rooster comb, and hedgehog.
This is a wonderful hike. Its a five mile in and out climb through mixed hardwood and conifer forests. The trail is well marked; but when we climbed the leaves had covered the trail completely. You had to pay close attention to the terrain and look for the trail markers to make sure you didn't wander off the trail.
This would be a great trail to introduce someone into hiking in the adirondacks. The trail is a nice gradual climb almost the entire way. Its only at the very summit that one encounters any ledge at all; and this is perhaps the last quarter of a mile up to the top. Best of all, the summit has some great views of the surrounding mountains.
This would be a good choice for families with young children. Its also pet friendly; our dog Stella had no problems anywhere; and there are a number of stream crossings where she was able to drink and cool off.
Best of all, its not a crowded hike. We encountered three other hikers on our journey.
Its possible to make a loop after climbing snow, and heading over to rooster comb for a chance to add a bit of variety to the climb.
We would have done this if we had started hiking sooner.
But as we had a late start, we didn't want to take a chance on losing the daylight on our return trip.
This little mountain offers a lot, don't turn it down just cause its not a high peak. It offers a lot of bang for a little mountain!