Snowy Mountain, at just under 4,000 feet in elevation, is one of the tallest peaks in the Indian Lake Region. Snowy is also one of the more challenging endeavors for winter climbing and snowshoeing in the area, and should not be taken as a quick afternoon jaunt. If you seek a challenge, this might be the trail for you.
The trail starts out quite mellow, with a slight incline, and stays like that for a ways. You will soon start to hear Beaver Brook to your right, and eventually you'll cross it a few times ialong the way. At about 2 miles the terrain gets steeper and only lets up on occasion.
The further in you go, the steeper the trail gets, and as you near the top you will come to a very steep section with tough footing. In snowshoes this final section, which brings you to a plateau, can be quite tough. To the right you can walk out to a tall ledge and have an outstanding overlook, be very careful here, as the drop is dangerous. 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, so you will need to climb the tower. Be sure you do — the views from that perch are outstanding.
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
- Families with Kids: Nor recommended
- Experienced Snowshoers: 4 to 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. Continue for just over 7 miles to the trailhead on the right. Parking is on the left.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
Three: This is a very demanding snowshoe trip with steep terrain and modest distance.