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Catamount Mountain Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

3.7 mile 5.9 kilometer out and back
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,577' 481 m
Descent: -1,577' -481 m
High: 3,164' 964 m
Low: 1,616' 493 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 60% (31°)

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An excellent trail that leads hikers along exposed ridges and slick rock to an open summit with great views.

John Maurizi

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Overview

Catamount Mountain sees little traffic because the Adirondack High Peaks are 30 minutes south. However, Catamount is an impressive hike and should not be overlooked.

Need to Know

The trail is marked with yellow discs.

Description

From the parking area on Forestdale Road, make your way to the west of the lot and continue through a yellow gate. Follow this forest road for about a half a mile. The trail tapers down to singletrack and climbs steadily through the forest. After about one mile, the trail begins to wind along slick rock ledges and forest until, after 1.2 miles, you reach the top of a false summit.

You have excellent views from this point and get a good look at Catamount summit's. Continue along the trail where it descends the false summit into the forest for a short distance. The next half mile to the summit of Catamount offers great views as you negotiate ledges and slick rock. Trail markers are few and far between. It does require patience and some route finding skills to ascend the proper trail.

The summit is obvious with great views toward the southwest. You'll see large cairns descending from the summit. This is not the route down! This marks the way to the summit for those that lost their way on the ascent. Those large cairns going downhill look enticing, but it is not the route. There are no trail markers that way. From the top, simply turn back the way you came. The descent is to the southeast and then south.

Overall, this is an excellent option to escape the crowds of the high peaks.

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May 24, 2020
Zachary Zack
Oct 14, 2018
Andre St-Laurent
Jul 18, 2018
Chet Bramble
7.4mi
May 28, 2018
Revanth Talari
The hike is pretty steep at some points and had to lift our dog up in some places. Otherwise, it is really a magnificent view from the top. 4.2mi

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View of Catamount summit from top of the false summit.
Sep 7, 2017 near Keene, NY
View of false summit from summit approach.
Sep 7, 2017 near Lake Pl…, NY
Summit of Catamount Mountain.
Sep 7, 2017 near Lake Pl…, NY
Trail goes through this crack. Known as the Chimney.
Sep 7, 2017 near Keene, NY
Catamount Mountain Trail.
Sep 7, 2017 near Lake Pl…, NY
Catamount Mountain trailhead.
Sep 7, 2017 near Lake Pl…, NY

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