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Ampersand Mountain Trail

 4.8 (4)

This trail is short, steep, and has an amazing 360-degree view from the bald summit.

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Point to Point

3,336' 1,017 m


1,579' 481 m


1,793' 547 m


36' 11 m



Avg Grade (7°)


Max Grade (35°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Family Friendly Challenging hike, but not too long. The view at the top will be a thrill for all ages.


The distance on this trail is only three miles to the summit, and six miles out and back. It is one of the few mountains in the 'daks that offers an amazing 360-degree view after only a few miles of hiking.

The trailhead is located across Route 3 from where you park. There appears to be a trail at the parking area, but that goes to some camping areas in the opposite direction of the mountain.

You'll see a register to sign in and red markers to follow.

Like most of the ADK trails, you start with a nice casual hike on low grades through hardwood forest. The trail crosses a few brooks, has a small wooden bridge, and even some wood planks to hike on in the first few miles.

At 1.5 miles, you'll see the mountain directly in front of you as you begin to climb some moderate elevation. At 2.0 miles, you'll begin climbing a very steep set of rock stairs all of the way to the summit. You'll also have a few rock scrambles and some amazing views of rock ledges hanging over the trail.

Just shy of the summit, the trail becomes open rock and is marked by yellow paint on the rocks. Be sure to follow the markers to avoid erosion. The hike is not long from here, and you'll soon reach the summit clad with three survey markers on it. The summit views are amazing in all four seasons. The wind can be very strong, so be prepared with extra layers.

You may also follow the yellow-blazed trail beyond the summit to find a plaque dedicated to the Hermit of Ampersand.


Land Manager: NY DEC - Region 5 Office

Shared By:

Mike Biolsi

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Top of Ampersand Mountain, viewing one of the Saranac Lakes
Oct 19, 2019 near Saranac…, NY
Top of Ampersand Mountain
Oct 19, 2019 near Saranac…, NY
Enjoy a gorgeous view from beyond the summit.
Oct 20, 2017 near Saranac…, NY
One of the amazing summit views.
Oct 20, 2017 near Saranac…, NY
The beginning of the rock stairs
Oct 20, 2017 near Saranac…, NY
Ascent of Mount Ampersand
Oct 19, 2019 near Saranac…, NY



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Oct 14, 2019
Alex Sup
A bunch of up 5.4mi
Sep 24, 2019
Nathalie Tran
Jun 15, 2019
James Corkran
Great hike!!
Apr 6, 2019
Ashley Clarke
microspikes all the way. save this hike for a clear day. it took me 2 hours up and 1 1/4 hours down (with my dog) practically running down the stee…
Oct 6, 2018
Sam Newman-Stonebraker
Beautiful views and fall colors 5mi — 4h 00m
Aug 25, 2018
Kaitlin George
The first half of the trail is pretty easy with the second climbing rocks at a fairly steep incline the rest of the way to the top. 360 view at summit 5.4mi
Aug 4, 2018
Bob H
Jun 8, 2018
Dennis Rakin
up for a gorgeous view of the sun set. 2.7mi