Climb the Kilburn Slide

Rate this Adventure New York Kilburn Slide Parking

Added by Rebecca Nichols

If you're new to slide climbing this would be the perfect slide to start on.  A short 30 minute hike will lead you to the base of the slide which features beautiful views.

Parking is at the pull off for Monument Falls on Rt 86 in North Elba.  After parking you will cross the road and find a faint herd path leading into woods.  Once in the woods it opens up and the herd path is easy to follow (it was once an old jeep road).  

After about 20 minutes on the herd path you will reach an area of beaver activity.  Here you will follow the creek.  Essentially the trail follows the creek and very shortly you will reach the base of the slide.

The slide is 1000' of vertical and has 4 steep rock areas. The first one is 3rd class however lots of hand and foot holds.  The last headwall is 4th class. You can choose to climb the side or avoid it all together and return the way you came.  You can easily down climb the slide just before the last headwall.  

The views as you ascend just keep opening up!  

The top of the slide is not the actual summit of Kilburn Mountain which is an Adirondack 100 highest.  If you wanted a real challenge you could bushwhack the mile to the true summit form the slide.  However, you will be in some of the thickest forest in the Adirondacks with unstable ground beneath you at times..  You also will have to descend before reascend about 1000 ft in 0.5 miles.   After you reach the treed summit you would then bushwhack your own route back to the car.  That would make the trip about 5.5 miles round trip.  I only suggest this is you are working on your 100 highest as I was, and you have exceptional map & compass skills and a  lot of experience bushwhacking.  

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Map & Compass
  • Headlamp
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3.6 Miles


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Added by Rebecca Nichols

I hike to push my limits both mentally and physically, take in the beauty of the great outdoors, and just to get away from it all. Every chance I get you will find me in the mountains, on a kayak or ending my day by the campfire!

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