Speculator Mountain

Speculator Mountain

This destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is highly recommended. When traveling off-trail you will experience hazards not realized on a trail, expect more difficult and varying conditions and always lean toward safety as a priority.

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue just under 1-mile to County Route 11 on the right and turn here. Continue on CR 11 to Gilmantown Road on the left. Follow here for 2.8 miles to Gilman Lake access on the right.

Trail Description

What makes this peak so interesting, its historical nature I would have to say, and the views along the way are pretty good too. As mentioned this peak has no trail, so you will have to be comfortable with off-trail travel and self-navigation. The best access is to paddle across Gilman Lake to gain the eastern slopes, but if a boat is not your forte, you could climb over Guideboard Hill to the north.

Once you paddle across Gilman Lake you will be a short 1.2 miles, as the crow flies, distance from the summit. The terrain is mostly open hardwoods with a thick layer of chin hobble in some areas. As you approach the summit it gets very steep and sections of cliffs will try and ward you off. Be careful if you encounter these and work your way around them. The steep slopes and cliffs will be what gives you your views, so don't ignore their tops, just be careful around them as you would on any mountain.

The summit is wooded but has an eyebolt placed there by Verplank Colvin in the late 1800's to early 1900's. Colvin was the Adirondacks first surveyor. Retrace your steps back to you boat and be sure to spend a bit of extra time on the lake.



Estimated Round Trip Distance

2.5 miles

Estimated Round Trip Time

Family with Young Kids

  • Not recommended

Experienced Hiker

  • 4 to 5 hours

Inexperienced Hiker

  • Not recommended

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