Wakely Mountain Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews

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.

5.7 miles
1,646 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips







wild flowers




old growth


washed out

historic site

no dogs

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.

23 days ago

Solid moderate hike on one of the first days that wasn't horribly hot in nearly a month. First 2 miles is relatively flat, last 1.1 miles from the sign is steep with a large amount of exposed rock. Two of the steepest sections have railings and one has a ladder. Bugs were horrible below the sign. Roughly 1.5 hours up, 1.25 down.

Fire tower foundation has been replaced, but it does not appear that any restoration was done above ground level. You need to climb a 7 foot ladder with no fall protection to reach the cab from the top landing.

There's a decent amount of parking in a lot off of the road at the trailhead. There was VERY heavy trail traffic even on a Thursday, likely because the trail was recently reopened.

28 days ago

Hiked this 7/16/18 with beautiful blue skies and very hot weather. Took about an hour and a half to reach the top, very slow incline until you reach the sign for the summit stating there is 1.0 mile to the summit then it is steep!! Very enjoyable hike!

1 month ago

Fire tower just opened back up for the public, they did a nice job. Strenuous and somewhat steep with a lot of bare rock on the last part, but the views are well worth the hike. There’s a sign that says “Wakely Mtn Observation 1.0 miles” right before the steeper section it’s definitely farther than a mile but nonetheless a well rewarding hike. Deer flies were my best friends on the way up that was the only issue

1 month ago

I haven’t hiked this yet, but the trail and Firetower have been REOPENED

10 months ago

Awesome hike , very challenging in some spots

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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

Sunday, February 12, 2017

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.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

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 !

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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!

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.

paddle sports
Wednesday, July 01, 2015

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

Monday, July 14, 2014

Good view from atop of the tower fairly easy hike

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