Snow Mountain Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews
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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.

3.1 miles
1289 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



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.

10 months ago

Only downside - limited parking about two spaces only across the street. No parking is allowed along private drive but this is the yellow trail (yellow markers) for one of the ascents. The other ascent is the blue trail along the stream which can be accessed about 50 ft to the right of the driveway (with a green sign)

Beautiful, enjoyable hike with the kids, with light foot traffic only. Lots of variety - along a winding brook with waterfalls under a dense canopy and then up a summit with some segments of light scrambling. Went with two kids ages 5 (athletic 5yr old) and 8.

For the lowest portion of the hike, we took the Private Rd up (yellow trail markers) and took the creek back (blue trail markers - this way back was a little dicey with the younger child because it required some scrambling over boulders.

2/3 of the way up you will come to a fork next to a log bridge with Snow Mtn and Roostercomb to the right over bridge and to left/straight up - Falls 250 ft ahead. Don't miss the falls and continue onto the summit climb - moderate ascent not too steep some scrambling required but at top flattens out enough to enjoy a private spot - not near a steep drop off.

10 months ago

A hidden gem. Quite different from the other high peak hikes. Quiet path with only sounds of the rushing water from the brook. We only met one other group at the top. I recommend going up along Deer Brook. It offers some fun challenges with several crossings over the Brook. We came down the easy way along the high water route which ends up on a gravel road.

11 months ago

Awesome hike with beautiful views of Giant and the Great Range. The climb through the creek was great but there is another way up along a driveway if the creek doesn't entice you. Went on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and there were about 5 others on the trail.

11 months ago

Great hike. You start out following Deer Brook creek which requires some scrambling over boulders as you go. The middle section is a nice climb, pretty mellow. There's a beautiful waterfall about 2/3 of the way up and you cross the brook on a log bridge, which is pretty cool.

The top 1/4 or so is some steep climbing on bare rock, but it's pretty grippy if it's dry, which it was for us. You really don't get any views until you reach the summit, but man is it beautiful once you get there. As another reviewer pointed out, make sure you go past the summit to find the best views from the top. It's only about 100 - 150 feet past the summit.

I thought this was a great hike with a great variety of terrain and scenery. Well worth doing for sure.

Oh, and we went on Saturday of Memorial weekend. The nearby mountains, like Giant, were crammed full. My doggy and I didn't see a single hiker on Snow Mountain. We had it to ourselves.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

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!

7 months ago

11 months ago

Sunday, October 16, 2016