Snowy Mountain

Snowy is one of the more demanding hikes in Hamilton County and is also one of the 100 highest highest peaks in the Adirondacks. Its steep trail and rugged terrain you will earn every bit of this mountains elevation. Even though tough, it is a very popular destination for those visiting Hamilton County.

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Speculator. Continue for just over 7-miles to the trailhead on the right, parking is on the left.

Trail Description

From the trailhead you will be surprised at how mellow the trail is, and for quite some time. You will soon start to hear Beaver Brook to your right and then eventually see it. Soon you will make a hard left and start climbing up through a shallow pass and crossing the brook on a couple occasions. The terrain gets steeper as you go and only lets up on occasion. As you near the top you will come to a very steep section with tough footing and then a plateau area. To the right you can walk out to a tall ledge and have an outstanding overlook, be very careful here, especially with young children. The trail continues past the plateau and moderately climbs to the true summit where the fire tower sits. There is no view from the summit floor; you will need to climb the tower to get any decent views. The views are very nice from the tower.

Elevation

3899'

Distances

Trailhead to the summit = 3.9 miles

Family with Young Kids

  • 3.5 hours to summit

Experienced Hiker

  • 2 hours to summit

Out of Shape Hiker

  • 3 hours to summit

Winter Overview

This is a great snowshoe if you are looking for a challenge. By no means would this be considered a beginning snowshoe destination. While packed out regularly and rather quickly after a good snowstorm, the steep terrain still makes this a tough winter ascent.

The trail section is not recommended for cross-country skiing.

Directions

Location: 13 miles SW of Indian Lake. Take Route 30 south for 7.0 miles from Indian Lake. The trail head is on the R side of road with parking for the trail head on the opposite side of the road.