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Chateaugay Ridge Traverse

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8.4 Miles 13.5 Kilometers


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2,413' 736 m

Ascent

-2,411' -735 m

Descent

3,836' 1,169 m

High

1,919' 585 m

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Avg Grade (6°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

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Epic Adirondack bushwack with spectacular triple summit payoff!

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Overview

This trail combines several peaks into one epic linkup! Lots of off trail bushwacking through dense spruce forest between summits.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Need To Know

One creek crossing. Lots of bushwacking. Some rock scrambles.

Description

From the trailhead head up the Averill access road for approximately 1.5-2 miles. There should be some orange flag blazing tied to a telephone phone. From here you head east into the woods. There is one small stream crossing, easy enough to find a downed tree or suitable rocks to cross. Continue heading upwards until you reach the rocky exposed summit of Lyon's Cub. From the peak you'll head .25 miles E by SE. until you hit the Lyon Mtn. access road. Follow the road up to a clearing on the summit. There is a small trail that leads east towards the old fire tower and spectacular views! Back at the clearing you can descend onto a lower ridge that connects Lyon Mountain with Averill Peak. There is no trail save for a few very old tree slash blazes. Best bet is to follow GPS coordinates. Some of the bushwacking can been quite intense and depending on which way your path takes you, could involve some class 4 scramble towards the first lookout on Averill. There are three vantage points on the top of the mountain, two on the south side of the summit, one on the north near the radio tower. From the tower simply follow the access road back down to the trailhead!

Flora & Fauna

Standard ADK wildlife. Watch for moose tracks!

History & Background

Old fire tower on Lyon Mountain. Radio tower on Averill peak.

Contacts

Land Manager: NY State Parks

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