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Split Rock Mountian North Loop

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Split Rock Mountain Wild Forest

Split Rock Mountian North Loop is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Westport, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,131 feet Route Type: Loop

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Hike in the largest tract of undeveloped land along Lake Champlain. The North Loop takes you gradually up towards the peak of Split Rock Mountain, following the remains of a now defunct logging road. Near the peak, you can take a short quarter mile side trail to the Ore Bed Lookout, offering expansive views of the Adirondacks to the West. Continuing along the trail, you will skirt the actual peak and then begin a gradual descent towards Essex Lookout. More a break in the trees, the Essex Lookout offers limited views North up the lake. It sadly does not offer views of the Split Rock Lighthouse. From the Essex lookout, one has the option of returning back over the peak, or by taking a more leisurely route on the Robins Run Trail. There is also a southern loop starting at the same trail head with potential for more lake views.

hiking
over grown
10 months ago

I went dow to the water and the oer lookout. Robin's trail is over grown and has a lot of poison ivy and the last lookout has no lookoutdue to trees (comment section in trail log). There are timber rattle snakes but if you bring a pole you'll be fine. I only saw and just poked it with my pole to get it to move. Great views of the high peaks and the lake.

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bugs
over grown
10 months ago

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blowdown
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muddy
over grown
Mon Jul 01 2019

It's a shame that a trail which offers beauty, tranquility and solitude is in such poor condition. Granted, the preceding day had rained, but at least 4 sections of trail were bogged for 10-30 yards. Robin Run is overgrown and 10+ small trees have fallen over the trail, a few of which make the trail nearly impassable. Advice: Skip Essex Point and just go to Ore Bend, the views are better there. The overlook at Essex is non-existent due to tree growth.

hiking
bugs
muddy
Sun May 19 2019

First, wait till it dries out, at lot. Gnats were miserable. Rated as scenic, was disappointing Pretty trail itself (beware of poison ivy and snakes), the promised “Essex view” was meh, and would not have been anything once the trees leaf out. That said, the view from the outlook half way up was outstanding out to the SW. it might be worth it just to do that as a quick 4m hike with a nice break or lunch stop. Finally, note that the full end to end came in at 6.6 when doing it as an out and back (ie not robins run option)

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muddy
Sun Apr 07 2019

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Sat Jan 19 2019

This was a great hike, I only went up to ore overlook because of time, but the view was great. I had the trail all to myself as all of the other hikers went on other trails. The only other foot prints in the snow were deer it was amazing.

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Fri Jul 27 2018

Ran in to Rattlesnakes on the trail, do not hike it. in warm weather

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Wed Jul 18 2018

Pretty solid hike. Essex viewpoint is blocked by a few trees.

bird watching
Tue Mar 27 2018

This is a pretty cool complex of trails that leads to some nice overlooks of Lake Champlain, the High Peaks, the Wildway corridor and Vermont. The trails are wide and really easy to walk. There's some neat stuff like old cabin remains. I'd like to check this place out some more in the future. Note: There are a ton of connecting trails here that aren't listed on All Trails. You may want to research up on them before heading to Split Rock.

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Mon May 20 2019

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Mon Jul 23 2018

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Fri Feb 23 2018

recorded split Rock

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Wed Feb 21 2018

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