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Mt. Oneida NCT Loop

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 4.0 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An easy/moderate loop for a quick overnight trip.


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9.3

Miles

15.0

KM

Loop

2,350' 716 m

High

1,617' 493 m

Low

1,131' 345 m

Up

1,129' 344 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · River/Creek

Overview

An excellent intermediate level, light backpacking trip; perfect for a weekend getaway or a first time packing overnight! The trail is well marked and the terrain is best described as "rolling." While the hike does not offer much in the way of epic view-scapes, the trail does bring you through several different micro-biomes due to light and water variation.

Description

Start off with a moderate incline up Mt. Oneida on North Country Trail: Allegany State Park, which plateaus out and offers a ridgeline hike along a small creek before descending into the creek bed. A reasonably well-maintained lean-to is offered a short while after the descent bottoms out.

The trail then climbs the ridge again after the lean-to and runs the ridge to the park road. Making a left on the park road, you follow the road for short distance before following signs to Trail #15. After exiting the road, you descend quickly back into the creek bed and hike along the remnants of a logging road in the creek bed until you reach the park road again. Making a left again, the parking area will be a short hike from the trail's exit point.

Flora & Fauna

Picturesque birch and maple forest on the descent from Mt. Oneida.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tristan Smith

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Lean-To along the trail
Oct 10, 2018 near Salamanca, NY
Trailhead off the Park Rd.
Oct 10, 2018 near Salamanca, NY

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Sep 7, 2019
Ashley Garvin
lovely trail, only complaint is the ultra muddy horse trail on the second half of the loop, it was a little difficult to trudge through the thick m… 9.3mi