Snowy Mountain Trail

HARD 68 reviews
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Snowy Mountain Trail is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Indian Lake, New York that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2217 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

snow

hiking
3 days ago

Great view from the top. Isn't that big of a summit so if there are a lot of people it will be crowded. Starts out as a nice pleasant hike then gets really steep and rocky. Lots to see on this trail.

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

The trail starts out flat and then gets very steep and rocky. Lots of bugs and very wet. Don't miss the tugged away fire-tower at the top with very nice views.

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

It was a great hike. Beautiful skies and perfect temp. We took our two teenage daughters who wanted to quit 2/3rds in but were glad they didn't once we reached the summit.

We ran into some bugs on the way up but tons more on the way back.

Perfect day!

24 days ago

Great hike first hard hike of the year felt great
sky was clear and just the right temp
No bugs a little muddy

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked up the Red Trail to the summit clearing and fire tower. We started our hike at 9:45 on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, and there were already 6 or 8 hikers registered. The first 2.5 miles are relatively flat with a number of non-technical "stepping stone" stream crossings. the final 0.4-mile ascent is grueling, and descending in muddy conditions. We used poles to descend.

Black flies were swarming but not biting as the sun was not out, nor was it above 65F. We also had some good bug dope rolled on our skin and clothes.

Well worth the hike and exertion. The views from the tower and summit are splendid.

Challenging hike but very rewarding

backpacking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike to start the season. No one on the trail except the three (wife and dog) of us. Trail boggy in locations, but not bad. Snow is largely gone from the peak with only some patches seen off trail. Wildflowers are in bloom

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This was the first mountain trail that I ever completed, back in the late '80's. The trail was much different in those days, as the difficulty has much increased over the years. We last completed this hike in 2014, and while it took a bit of time it was still well worth the trip.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike with some awesome views. The last mile to the top is steep but worth all of the work. Check out my full write up with pictures and directions.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/snowymountainfiretower

hiking
6 months ago

We hiked this the day after there was lake effect snow the night prior. We were the first ones out there, so we ended up breaking the trail. The first part of the trail microspikes were needed for traction. We opted and left our snowshoes in the car. That wasn't a good idea that we had, because as you got closer to the summit the snow deepened. There was about 2' of snow at the plateau. The view from there was awesome. There were parts before the plateau were the snow was up to my waist. This trail is definitely harder to hike when there's a lot of snow out. I will definitely do this trail again in the summer.

hiking
8 months ago

Definitely challenging and so worth it!

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing Hike ! Great view from the fire tower.

8 months ago

amazing hike ! the beginning and middle were easy cross over some streams and bridges. the end of the hike you are rock climbing up the side of the Mt. it's not for little kids . my dog did great had to push her up few spots. the views are amazing and worth it. but to say the top is easy is off its grading roots and trees. it's slippery too so sneakers will not cut it. enjoy !

hiking
8 months ago

This is a 4 mile one-way trail with good maintenance and clear markers. The first 3/4 trail is moderate, followed by a steep rocky boulders to the summit.
Snowy Mt. is one of the ADK fire tower challenge. The peak offers you an overlook of Indian Lake.
Try to hike Snowy Mt. in both Fall and Winter, which will provide you contrast different view and experience. In winter, the microspikes are required, which carries you to the summit because of the icy boulders in the last half mile to the summit.

9 months ago