Weston Trail to Round Mountain

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Weston Trail to Round Mountain is a 5.2 mile out and back trail located near Keene Valley, New York that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1991 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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1 month ago

1 month ago

One of the most spectacular views I've seen. Quite steep at the end but it was great to only see one other hiker the whole trip- it was amazing to have an entire hike and summit to yourself

hiking
4 months ago

Most of this trail is very steep but the views from the top are some of the best I've seen in the ADK. Bald summit stretching hundreds of yards with full 360 view of Giant and the Gothics range.

hiking
Saturday, October 01, 2016

Hiked up round mountain on 10/1/16. The weather called for a cloudy day, we had that, plus a light rain and soaking fog as we neared the summit.
The hike begins with an up, and sometimes down trek through a beautiful hemlock forest. The first lookout is about a half mile up the trial. Unfortunately, we were just socked in with fog. The higher we went, the worse it was. After about a mile the hemlock forest changes to a mix of soft and hardwoods. And the trail conditions change as well. From this point on, the trail becomes a series of rough and rocky terrain, mixed in with open ledge rock.
Its not that steep, and on a dry day would present no problem. However on this day, the open ledge rock and exposed tree roots were quite slick. It made for a challenging hike! We were hiking with our dog, Stella; and for the most part she had no problems at all. There was a couple of spots where we had to lift her up, and down from a high ledge. About five feet or so. And a few areas where we needed to lead her down the wet, open ledges. Again, on a dry day, it wouldn't have been a problem for a dog accustomed to hiking.
As we neared the summit there was a series of rock cairns that point the way to the top. Very helpful, especially on a foggy day. There was a light drizzle and heavy fog on the summit; so unfortunately, no views at all.
The descent took as long as the climb up, due to the wet conditions.
All in all, this is an enjoyable hike. Its a nice half day climb thru varied terrain; and the views are supposed to be nice!
Best of all, this is not a high traffic mountain. We saw a total of six people on our hike.
worth the time!!

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

Pretty steep and steady incline, but amazing views. Not a crowded trail at all. Hiked on a Wed afternoon and only saw one other couple.

hiking
Saturday, November 21, 2015

This was a great shorter hike, perfect for getting back into shape before tackling some of the larger mountains later in the winter. The views from the top were amazing, perfect 360 viewing of Giant, the Great range, and the Dix range.