The Saranac Lake 6'er Series!
In classic HVH fashion,
We'll attempt to complete the series in under 24 hours!
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Purchase full versions of these maps (paper only, St. Regis Mountain route not included) HERE.
Total Mileage: About 35.5 miles
Total Elevation Gain: About 8,728 feet
Estimated Hike Time: At 2 MPH, the entire program will take about 17.75 hours!!!
IN ORDER OF COMPLETION ...
- Ampersand Mountain: 5.2 miles, Ascent: 1,775', Elevation: 3,352'
- Baker Mountain: 1.6 miles, Ascent: 835', Elevation: 2,340'
- Scarface Mountain: 6.6 miles, Ascent: 1,480', Elevation 3,088'
- Haystack Mountain: 6.6 miles, Ascent: 1,240', Elevation 2,878'
- McKenzie Mountain: 10.5 miles, Ascent: 2,240', Elevation 3,861'
- St. Regis Mountain: 5.0 miles, Ascent: 1,168', Elevation: 2874'
Ampersand Mountain: SummitPost.com, Peakbagger.com.
Baker Mountain: LakePlacid.com, Peakbagger.com.
St. Regis Mountain: SummitPost.com, Peakbagger.com.
Scarface Mountain: LakePlacid.com, Peakbagger.com.
McKenzie Mountain: SummitPost.com, Peakbagger.com.
Haystack Mountain: LakePlacid.com, Peakbagger.com.
View of Lake Placid from the summit of McKenzie Mountain ...
Meetup Times and Locations:
Saturday 6:00 a.m. - Harrietstown Town Hall Parking Lot
Saturday 7:00 a.m. - Ampersand Trailhead
Estimated Driving Time (between trailheads and back to the meetup location, in minutes): About 10, 15, 10, 3, 32, 22 = About 1.5 hours.
CLICK HERE: Google Maps driving directions to the trailheads from the meetup start.
Special Gear / Requirements: Dress in non-wicking layers and prepare for colder high altitude temps ... consider bringing extra layers, socks and tops, hat, gloves, face covering etc. ... insect repellent and sunscreen.
Be sure to try out your gear before you start out ... bring extra batteries and test your lights! Trekking poles will be very helpful for this hike.
Stay up to date! Saranac 6er Information Links:
LOCAL CONTACT: Jeremy Evans, AICP, Community Development Director, Village of Saranac Lake, 39 Main Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
TELEPHONE: (518)[masked] x235
Bad Weather Date: Sunday June 2nd (the following day).
Ampersand Mountain was originally covered with a heavy growth of trees. Surveyor Verplanck Colvin had the trees cut on the mountain summit so he could use it as a triangulation point as part of his surveying of the Adirondack High Peak region. Today the summit is bare, illustrating what happens when trees on a mountain top are cut. Erosion depleted all the soil and, as a result, not a tree or stump is to be found at the top. As you reach the 3,352-foot summit, you'll be directed through huge glacial erratic boulders and fissures ... keep your eyes peeled for yellow paint blazes and trail markers. Once you break out onto the bald summit you will be amazed at openness of the views!
This little mountain affords a lake and mountain view unsurpassed in the Adirondacks for the relatively short climb. From its summit there's a wide panoramic view across Adirondack High Peaks, including the MacIntyre, Sawtooth, Seward and Great ranges, along with many individual peaks and picturesque lake country surrounding Saranac Lake. The trail begins on the north side of Moody Pond, following an old woods road for about 100 yards to an old stone quarry. Keep to the right of quarry, then turn left past the quarry. Here the woodland trail continues upward through evergreens to the summit.
Not to be confused with the Adirondack High Peak Mt. Haystack! Haystack Mountain is a friendlier climb ... though towards the top things get steeper, leading to an open rock face and ledge with sweeping views of the Adirondack High Peaks -- dominated by Whiteface Mountain -- and the Saranac Lakes Chain.
This nearly 4,000 foot peak offers spectacular views of Lake Placid, the Adirondack High Peaks, and vast reaches of the northern portion of the Adirondacks from several ledges on its otherwise wooded summit.
Scarface Mountain is a lesser known peak that nevertheless has a good trail ... that doesn't quite reach the true summit! As with many Adirondack mountain hikes, the trail starts along flat land surrounded by a bosky pine forest. At about two miles the trail reaches a small stream and the forest becomes more deciduous. There the trail begins the steady climb up the mountain, and at about the 3.1 mile mark offers nice views to the southwest, west and northwest. Other views on the trail require some bushwhacking; the summit itself is accessible by a faint herd path but does not offer a view. Nevertheless, the trail up Scarface is a lovely trail of moderate difficulty.
St. Regis Mountain
The summit is sheer rock and is barren except for an aging fire tower ... views are fantastic ... many consider the vista from the St. Regis summit one of the best in the Adirondacks. The trail up to the summit is well-trodden and manageable and the hike starts out very easy ... but as you get close to the top, the trail becomes steep and loose in some places -- use caution here!
View from a sub-summit area on Scarface Mountain ...
THE FINE PRINT -- NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any challenge hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going and how to get back.
WEATHER AND OTHER SUDDEN EVENTS CAN CAUSE SUDDEN CHANGES TO OR CANCELLATION OF THIS EVENT. YOU MUST CHECK BACK TO THE MEETUP.COM SITE OFTEN FOR UPDATES TO ANY HUDSON VALLEY HIKER EVENT. BY ATTENDING YOU'VE AGREED THAT YOU'VE READ INFORMATION PRESENTED HERE AND AT OUR GUIDELINES -- CLICK THE "ABOUT" LINK AT LEFT.
See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas. See you there! Julie.
Group Size Limitations: If group size exceeds the maximum allowed by government regulations for this route, separate groups will be formed; hike starts will be staggered to allow at least a one-mile separation.
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