Added by Rebecca Nichols
If you enjoy a good slide climb mixed with some bushwhacking, and a beautiful pond with a remote feel than this hike is for you.
The described hike is a traverse in the Taylor Pond Wild Forest. Starting on Bonnie View Road you will start on the eastern portion of the Copper Kiln Pond Trail. The start of the trail was an old jeep road. Follow the red marked trail approximately 1.6 miles on the wide trail until it makes a sharp left turn. Here you continue straight on what was a continuation of the old jeep road. Very shortly you will reach the drainage to start your slide climb.
As you start the slide the lower portion is a lot of sand and loose rock to large boulders. As you gain elevation the loose rock continues to the left; however, the right becomes some nice slabs to climb. The slab is very grippy. As you ascend it will eventually be all slab rock. The last headwall is a bit steep however you can easily navigate to the right along the edge of the woods. From here you will start a short bushwhack to the summit. Though the slide offers some beautiful views the summit is treed and has an orange ribbon tied to a tree to identify it.
From the summit you will then have to continue bushwhacking approximately 0.6 miles down to the marked trail. You should aim for the Copper Kiln Pond. There is a lean-to here on the water. This would be a great spot for lunch!
After enjoying some time at the lean-to you will continue on the red marked trail. At 0.6 miles on trail from the lean-to you can choose to bushwhack left less than 0.2 miles to the treed summit off Morgan Mountain. If you are trying to climb the Adirondack 100 highest you will want to grab this. Again an orange ribbon on a tree marks the summit.
Descend back to trail and its about 2.0 miles out on trail to the western trailhead on Gillispie Drive.
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