Wakely Mountain Trail [CLOSED]

MODERATE 15 reviews

Wakely Mountain Trail [CLOSED] is a 5 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 September until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1644 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

old growth

snow

washed out

closed

This trail is currently closed. Call the DEC field office in Northville for more current conditions/updates 518-863-4545. 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.

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3 months ago

ATTENTION: Trail is closed as of May10, 2017 until further notice. Because the tower is structurally unsound, the DEC has closed the trail until they can determine the future of the tower.

Call the DEC field office in Northville for more current conditions/updates. 518-863-4545

6 months ago

This trail is not accessible in times of heavy snow. Cedar river rd turns into a snow mobile trail 4 miles from the trail head. Update: barley made it to the trail head with 4x4. Tower is closed, very dangerous to climb. Not recommend as a solo hike, coyote prints everywhere back there.

10 months ago

it was a great hike about 3 miles in and 3 out. was very well marked and easy to follow. sign as base says 1.0 mile and it's straight up and rocky went muddy. sneakers will not do it definitely ankle boots. tower and Ranger Station was awesome tower is the tallest one ! u have to climb up a metal ladder into the tower on the top but the views are breath taking will blow you away. careful on your way down can get slippery and can slide. lots of water spits for pups too. enjoy !

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10 months ago

Beautiful trail in the fall. The fire tower is crazy tall and there was a slight wind up there, which was a little scary. Overall, though, a nice hike through beautiful fall trees to an amazing view!

10 months ago

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

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Friday, July 01, 2016

This is one of the towers that's off the beaten trail. The seasonal road that the trailhead is located on isn't as bad as some of the other ones I traveled. The first 2 miles are relatively flat with minimal elevation gain, but the last mile is the steepest part of the trail. Views from the tower was very nice. The bug activity was horrible so if you hike this, make sure that you spray yourself before hiking.

Monday, May 09, 2016

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Great fun. Really quiet area with limited fishing. We go back at least once a year!

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Friday, June 19, 2015

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Saturday, June 06, 2015

After only a mile in we stumble upon a fairly large black bear eating from a tree trunk about 50 feet from us. Took him or her a minute to realize we were there before running away! The last mile up, the steep incline, felt like 3 miles but the views up top were amazing!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Good view from atop of the tower fairly easy hike