Humphrey Mountain

Humphrey Mountain

Hiking

The Humphrey Mountain Trail has been around for decades, but is considered more of a path than a true trail. The trail is marked and maintained by a third party and in excellent condition. From the trailhead you will follow the King Flow East Trail as it passes through the Siamese Pond Wilderness. Please respect the rights of property owners and stay on the trail — there is no public access to Kings Flow at this time. 

This trail gets quite a bit of use up to the intersection for Puffer Pond, but beyond there the use is much more limited although easy enough to follow. Continue a ways further up the Kings Flow East Trail to an unmarked trail on the right with orange and yellow trail disks; this is the Humphrey Mountain Trail.

The trail is easy through the forest over rolling hills and crosses several lovely brooks, including Humphrey Brook. Past the brook the trail climbs slightly and swings around hard to the base of Humphrey Mountain. From here the trail gets much steeper and works its way up the shoulder to a high col between two summits of Humphrey Mountain. The trail ends here at the location of a small open pit garnet mine, almost hidden. To obtain the views of Humphrey Mountain a demanding half mile bushwhack is required.

Ascent:

760 feet

Distance Round Trip:

6.9 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

  • Families with Kids: 5 to 6 hours
  • Experienced Hiker: 4 to 4.5 hours
  • Out of Shape Hiker: 5 to 6 hours

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Speculator. After 0.5 miles turn left onto Big Brook Road. Follow Big Brook Road all the way to the end at the Kings Flow Parking area for Chimney Mountain. Please note there is a $2 parking fee.

Snowshoeing

The Humphrey Mountain Trail has been around for decades, but is considered more of a path than a true trail. To date, the trail is still marked and maintained by a third party. It is in excellent condition for snowshoeing, but does not have a rewarding finish. From the trailhead you will follow the King Flow East Trail as it passes through the Siamese Pond Wilderness. This trail gets quite a bit of use up to the intersection for Puffer Pond, but beyond there the use is much more limited. Continue a ways further up the King Flow East Trail to an unmarked trail on the right with orange and yellow trail disks; this is the Humphrey Mountain Trail.

The trail will them move along an easy course through the forest over rolling hills and crossing several smaller brooks, including Humphrey Brook. Past the brook the trail climbs slightly and swings around hard to the base of Humphrey Mountain. From here the trail gets much steeper and works its way up the shoulder to a high col between two summits of Humphrey Mountain. The trail ends here at the location of a small open pit garnet mine, almost hidden in the depths of winter. To obtain the views of Humphrey Mountain a demanding half mile bushwhack is required.
Ascent:

1760 feet
Distance Round Trip:

6.9 miles
Approximate Time Round Trip:

    Families with Kids: Not recommended
    Experienced Snowshoers: 4 to 4.5 hours
    Out of Shape Snowshoers: 5 to 6 hours

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Speculator. After 0.5 miles turn left onto Big Brook Road. Follow Big Brook Road all the way to the end at the King Flow Parking area for Chimney Mountain.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Two: While not overly difficult it does get quite steep at the end.
Additional Important Information:

This is an old trail that still appears on maps and at this time is maintained by someone.

Hiking over a frozen body of water can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.

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