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hiking
8 days ago

This is a short little hike that's well marked and has nice views at the end. We watched the sunset from up top and it was perfect!

Great short hike with a beautiful view. Perfect for kids.

hiking
26 days ago

This was a quick hike up the mountain. After a short steep climb, we came to the top and enjoyed the views.

hiking
26 days ago

Was doing the Cougar Hill trail to complete our Chester Challenge hikes. We didn't see the trail entrance immediately behind the sign-in box, so we added a little walk by going off to the right. After a short walk, we were back on track. A nice wooded walk and the breeze felt good to cool us down.

Having nothing better to do on a rainy day at the lake house we decided to go for a hike up Meade Mountain. As I climbed the hill, I couldn't tell if it was sweat or rain drops dripping from me, so I didn't care. The climbs certainly gave me a workout. At all of the lookout spots, all we saw were clouds due to the rain, which was a shame. The board said 2.5 hrs for the hike, we did in just past an hour. A nice hike.

Hiked this with my niece, her husband, and their two kids, aged 8 and 7 years old. The trail is short, but steadily steep to the summit of Meade Mountain. Maybe too steep for younger children and/or those not in decent physical shape. There are three viewpoints, each with approximately a 180-degree field of view. Meade affords views to the northwest to include Hadley, Crane, and Gore mountains. The main Beckman viewpoint looks towards Loon Lake, and the secondary Beckman viewpoint looks towards the northeast and features views of Schroon Lake and Pharaoh Mountain. As of this date, there is a resident grouse on the summit of Meade Mountain. S/he is not shy and will follow you as you walk around the summit area. This hike is part of the Chester Challenge: https://www.townofchesterny.org/chester-challenge.html

mountain biking
1 month ago

Started at the 17m entrance across the road from the parking lot. There's an initial climb, but nothing too intense. It transitioned from gravel to blacktop, so it's pretty easy riding. I noticed trails that offshoot from the main path and I ventured off on one that was fun to ride, but ended running into a tall grass open field. Lots of thorny plants too so gloves were helpful, pants would have been nice too. Got back onto the main path and followed to the end at Laroe Rd. On the way back found a trail that went right, up the hill (had to push it) and eventually up to the top. There was a wide path through grass and woods that takes you under the power lines. I turned around and headed back which was all downhill and lots of fun. Followed a different trail that cut across and eventually popped out on the main path. Definitely recommend making the climb up that trail, if you're looking for something more challenging and fun. On a Sunday I did encounter 4 or 5 others, some with dogs, and there was a group of 4 on bikes.

Great little Hike, went with 2 young kids and they did the whole thing, Great views for a short hike

on Stewart Mountain

1 month ago

Beautiful view and an easy hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this yesterday with my DH and BIL. A quick hike even though I am five months pregnant to a nice view for minimal effort! A few short steep sections but nothing overly strenuous - Made it up and down in less than an hour. This is a nice wooded hike to do if you're looking for something short and sweet...also great to add to your Chester Challenge checklist! ;-)

hiking
2 months ago

Always a nice hike in the morning.

hiking
2 months ago

Was a very easy hike with a breathtaking view of Loon Lake at the top. We were able to take our 2 and 4 year with minimal assistant

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful weather, very short hike, with great views.

It was ok but not much to see in mid April

hiking
3 months ago

An easy hike with only a quick view of Gore Mountain. We hiked the Cougar Hill trail that had a little steep section.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a very quick with views of Gore Mountain and Loon Lake. It’s an easy hike that has decent views.

This was nice hike that had a steep section where you needed microspikes to get up the trail. There was a nice view of Gore from Meade Mountain summit. The trail was a mix of rotten snow, mud, and ice.

Arrived ready for a nice fall hike and the trail and parking lot were closed. Bummer! Went to Severance Mountain instead, 10-15 minutes away which was pretty equivalent in distance and difficulty.

Great views, easy hike

hiking
10 months ago

Quick and easy. Good for young kids . They won’t get bored on this one, it’s over too quick

Beautiful view

11 months ago

Pretty cool little hike up Stewart. A great payoff for very little work. You really don't even have time to break a sweat. We did this in order to complete the Chester Challenge and also, as suggested to see the sunset. Indeed it was a great place to see the sunset over Loon Lake and was very quick and simple to get back out. Trail well marked and only took 10-15 minutes to get back to trail head. Mid July, very buggy. Dry trail.

11 months ago

Did it to complete Chester Challenge. Took twice as long because if the weird confusing trail systems and maps randomly tacked to the trees.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Great views, especially given the amount of time it took to reach the summit (~15 minutes).

hiking
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Great family hike. Took my 4 year old nephew, and he had no problems. Views from the top were great.

on Stewart Mountain

hiking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Short and sweet. Great mountain and lake views. Would definitely do this trail again.

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Great hike! Trails are well maintained and marked. Some steep grades but manageable for all levels The views from the top were spectacular of Loon Lake and Gore in the distance! Quick hike as well!

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Part of the Chester Challenge 2nd trail for our family Although the hike was nice the trails are quite confusing They are well maintained, the view on top was ok but pretty obstructed.

on Cougar Hill

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

I'm trying to get the Chester Challenge finished and this trail was easy considering my bum knees, but I push through. I did the Eagle and Cougar trails. Nice, peaceful hike.

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