The summit cliffs of Mount Frederica overlook lovely Lake Lila in the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area in Hamilton County. There is a hiking trail from the Lake Lila parking area, or the trail can be accessed by paddlers from the western shore of Lake Lila.
How to Get There
From the intersection of Routes 30 and 28 in Long Lake, proceed 7.1 miles northwest on Route 30 to a left turn onto Sabattis Road (CR 10). (This is a half-circle road, with two access points on Route 30.) Travel 2.9 miles to a left turn. There are a number of signs at this intersection, including a sign for Lake Lila and Little Tupper Lake Headquarters. The sign directs you to the Lake Lila Road (reached in 4.5 miles). After driving 4.5 miles, take a left onto the Lake Lila access road. Travel for 5.6 miles to reach the Lake Lila parking area. The speed limit on this road is 15 mph. A high clearance vehicle is helpful on this rough dirt road, but a low clearance vehicle can make it with great care.
There is a kiosk and trail register in the Lake Lila parking area. The 4.5 mile hiking trail follows an old dirt road in a westerly direction around the north side of Lake Lila. After 1.5 miles, views of Lake Lila appear as the trail reaches the northern edge of the lake. For the next 1.5 miles, there are views of the lake as the trail continues west and then south along the western edge of Lake Lila. At the 3 mile point, a sign points out a right turn for Mount Frederica (with 1.5 miles left to reach the summit). The trail continues on an old dirt road and crosses the old railroad bed. About halfway on this last 1.5 mile section, there is a right turn onto a hiking trail. Watch for the "Trail" sign. The trail gradually climbs up to the cliffs of Mount Frederica. There are 180 degree views overlooking Lake Lila and many mountains. Blue Mountain is a prominent peak in the view-line.
Paddlers on Lake Lila can access the trail to Mount Frederica from the western shore of Lake Lila. There is an open area where the old Lodge used to be. Just to the right (north) of this location is a sign for camp sites 8 &9. This is a good place to leave your canoe/kayak. There is a sign for the trail at this location. Take the short trail up to the old dirt road and head right for a couple hundred feet to the left turn for the trail to Mount Frederica. (If you take-out farther north, you may need to hike south on the dirt road to pick up the trail.) The description of the 1.5 mile trail up Mount Frederica is the same as above.
4.5 miles to the summit (1.5 miles to the summit for paddlers from the western shore of Lake Lila)
Bicycles are allowed on the Lake Lila Road, but not beyond the parking area on the trail to Mount Frederica.
Visitors can snowshoe or cross country ski on the Lake Lila Road in winter. It is a seasonal use road that is not plowed or groomed.