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.
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
- Families with Kids: Not recommended
- Experienced Snowshoers: 4 to 4.5 hours
- Out of Shape Snowshoers: 5 to 6 hours
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.