From Inlet, travel south on Route 28 for 6.2 miles, then turn right onto Rondaxe Road. Travel just over 0.1 mile to the trailhead parking on the left.
The trail is 2 miles to the summit, where there is a tower that provides a fine view. This hike is upper-intermediate and has some areas on the hogsback that can ice over in late fall and early spring. As one of the most hiked mountains in New York, you'll see a lot of fellow hikers on holiday weekends.
Winter overview: This hike is a favorite for those who like to snowshoe. It can be icy at times. Fantastic winter vista.
Elevation: 2,350 feet
Distance: 1.9 miles from the Rondaxe parking area trailhead to the summit.
It can take 5 hours to complete this hike. Experienced hikers can probably do it in less time.
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Read our blog post, Hiking Bald Mountain, for a birder's view of this hike.
While not part of the Hamilton County Fire Tower Challenge, this hike is part of the Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge. With a long rocky spine and several outstanding views, this fire tower peak is sure to impress and is totally worth the short ride over from the Inlet area.
From the trailhead the route starts out quite flat over easy terrain, but wastes no time in starting the climb. You will soon find that the footing can be a bit tough as the grade steepens. As you climb higher a rock spine will be under you, possibly unnoticed, but you should notice the trail narrowing.
Views will start to appear out over the Fulton Chain of Lakes well before the summit and you'll soon see the fire tower in front of you. The tower is open to the public and maintained by volunteers. The steps can be very icy and the wind quite powerful, so be prepared.
From the intersection of Route 28 and Uncas Road in Inlet, follow Route 28 toward Old Forge. Continue for just under 5 miles to county Route 93 on the right — you should see a sign on Route 28 for Rondaxe Mountain. Drive down county Route 93 for about 0.5 mile to the trailhead on the left.
2 miles round trip
It will take experienced hikers a couple of hours to do this hike.
Additional Important Information
Under low snow conditions, it may be best to use microspikes for traction. Ice tends to build up on steeper slopes when ample snow is not available.