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.
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.
Trailhead to the summit = 3.9 miles
Family with Young Kids
- 3.5 hours to summit
- 2 hours to summit
Out of Shape Hiker
- 3 hours to summit
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.