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Wakely Mountain Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sabael, 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 November.

Length5.7 miElevation gain1646 ftRoute typeOut & Back
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingWalkingBird watchingForestLakeRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsSnowWashed outHistoric siteNo dogs
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Getting There

Note: During muddy season, this trail or the road leading to the trailhead may be closed. Please check with the NY DEC before attempting to hike this trail or another route in the area. Wakely Mountain is located in one of the more remote sections of the central Adirondack Mountains. The hike to the 3744 foot summit consists of two sections: the first is nearly hiking on what's left of an dirt old road, while climbing about 500 feet in elevation and then a relatively steep climb to the summit. The summit is wooded, however, there is a fire tower with unobstructed 360-degree views. The 92 foot tower is one of the highest in New York State. The first 1.1 miles of the trail is really an old woods road that is severely washed out in places. You'll cross a stream and walk somewhat comfortably for another 0.8 miles to where the main trail leaves the old road. The overgrown old road continues another 300 feet or so toward the site of an old hunting camp next to a beaver pond/meadow. After you leave the old road, the second part of the hike begins and the character of the trail changes dramatically. The footing is not as good as the trail begins a steady and fairly steep ascent. There are a few switchbacks on this section. The summit area has the old fire tower, which is in desperate need of restoration.

The trailhead for Wakely Mountain is reached by taking the Cedar River Rd 11.6 miles from its junction with NY 28/30 about 2 miles west of the town of Indian Lake at a sharp bend in the road. You will see the trailhead parking sign on the left side of the road. The trailhead parking is down a short lane to the right.

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Brittany Ramos
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HikingSnow

Cool hike! Easy most of the way. Last mile is steep and a good work out. The firetower was pretty neat and offered beautiful views. The helicopter pad was cool to check out. Overall great hike. Snowy at the top and a little wet on the way up.

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Sammie Hight
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

The last mile or so of the trail was very difficult for me. Mostly because it was extremely muddy which made the accent and decent pretty sketchy. Also, did not like the fire tower lol. Of course, once at the top the views were definitely worth it.

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Joe Bessette
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great sun came out

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Brandy Plant
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Brian Lamos
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The trail was great. Easy to follow. Easy start and steep finish. Great views from the tower

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Roberta Mulder
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My favorite so far, of my week spent in the Indian lake area. The last half mile is mostly sheer rock, with water cascading over it, so boots with good tread are a must (as well as trekking poles). Also, very muddy in places - my feet were soaked by the time I got back to the car despite stepping with care. Also, plan for extra time than usual, as descending the wet rocks require caution and patience

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Alicia Devero
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HikingFloodedGreat!

Weekend WARNING! Adirondacks in most cases are covered in 6-8 inches of snow, which MELTS in those high temperatures. It causes insanely difficult conditions as streams of water coming from a melting snow run down the trails. I had two pairs of Goretex shoes and used one for each hike today and they are literally both dead :-) Yes, the first two miles are flattish, but it is a total wet land now and the uphill last portion is a killer not because of the elevation but increasingly more and more challenging conditions with wet rocks, streams and muddy/slippery parts. But the views are worth all this effort just remember to prepare accordingly this weekend. This weekend is NOT for the NewBalance kind of girls :-)

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ms.sasquatch4av8 Gone Hiking
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Hiking

Beautiful day to go hiking! First 2.4 miles are easy a few muddy spots, but the fallen leaves cover it up well. The actual trail for the observation point is about 1.4 in where you’ll take the right and up the path. It gets gradually steep but nothing hard. Definitely icy, black ice on the rocks, trees are covered more with ice/snow further up the trail. The watchtower is slippery and cold; make sure to layer up before ascending the tower.

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Brooke Wendling
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HikingGreat!Icy

This is a great hike! Especially for intermediate hikers! I didn’t have too much time to hike last Sunday, so I decided to do this shorter hike, and I was pleasantly surprised!! It’s easy to get too and follow, just follow the red trail makers. There are two different summit areas, the platform one, which is off to your right, and is kind of off trail, but easily seen and great if you don’t like fire towers. The fire tower is cool too, but really sketchy, I only went halfway up because it was a little slick from frost, and I could still see an amazing view. Overall, awesome trail!

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Kelly Gilbert
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Well marked, and just good fun! Weather wasn’t great for us(snowed at the top of the tower) but tons of fun and decent challenge.

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Shane Holmes
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HikingGreat!

This was our third to Wakely's summit. It never gets old. Wakely fire tower is one of the remaining tallest towers in the park offering excellent views of the surrounding area. On this trip we took a side trip to the beaver flow and the remnants of the hunters cabin just 1/10th of a mile from the jct at the last mile marker.

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Patrick Aveni
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Easy to follow hike to summit. Fire tower seemed taller than others I’ve been to. Leaves are beautiful. The trail starts flat for about two miles on a gravel service road. Narrows a bit here and there. Then a hard turn right and straight up hill zig zagging tightly until you reach a new platform for what looks like a future cabin or building and then the tower and old cabin shortly thereafter. Very windy when I went up so I stayed for about a minute. Views are great in all directions.

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Tim Nelson
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HikingGreat!

It was a great day for hiking, not to crowded. Started out on a flat trail headed towards the tower which was clear and the we started to climb to the top, it was rigorous and a great workout as we summited and climbed the tower the views were amazing.

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Marie Grimmke
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Beautiful foliage today. As other reviewers have noted, it is “on the steep side of moderate “ for the last mile or so. As it seems with so many fire tower hikes, there isn’t a view except from the tower. The access road was fine even for my Prius and there was adequate parking. The 2+ mile old logging road was somewhat boring but not a bad hike overall.

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Alicia K
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HikingRocky

As others mention... great walk in the woods and at the one mile mark it goes up. Hiked with my 11 year old dog, some spots were a bit challenging for him, so we took a few breaks and took our time and it was worth it. about 3.5 hours spent on trail, Beautiful views from the tower.

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Jessica DeConno
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Wonderful hike! First two miles are a pleasant walk in the wood, last mile to the top gets your heart pumping. Kids and adults loved it.

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Denis Thibodeau
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HikingGreat!

The trail is easy to follow. Very easy hike until you get to the 1 mile marker. It's a bit of a challenge but not that hard. The views were great and I loved the height of the tower.

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Joshua Skoler
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ForeverWild BeerClub
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HikingGreat!Rocky

The trail was clear & well-kept. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is because there isn't much to see until you're very near the top. I guess I'd give it 4½ stars if I could. That's not the trails fault. Haha! I'm just comparing it to other trails, such as the trail to Mount Marcy. All in all, a great hike & spectacular views at the top!

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Miralem Basic
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Drew Ill
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Nice challenging Trail. This was very well maintained with added “bridges” and railings at this tricky spots. Definitely not for you if you struggle with the inclines. I may or may not have crawled up and down a couple. Trekking poles were a big help.

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Ed Garbash
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great challenge

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Sara Thompson
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HikingBlowdownGreat!MuddyOff trailRockyScramble

Great trail! Not a whole lot going on the first two miles. Relatively flat and easy. Once you hit the 1.0 mile to the summit marker, it goes up, up, up! Feels like a mini high peak! Lol lots a bald rocks, some spots were wet so just be mindful. Gorgeous views from the wooden platform and the tower!! Very windy and chilly today

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