Hike Cobble Lookout in the Wilmington Wild Forest

    2.6 miles 240 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

    Added by Erin Hanczyk

    At only 2.6 miles round trip, Cobble Lookout is a short, family-friendly hike that offers a mellow, easy-to-follow trail with minimal elevation gain and provides outstanding views at the end. This is an all around great hike for any time of day and any time of year.

    Park at the trailhead located on County Route 18A just after the split from Whiteface Veteran's Memorial Highway in Wilmington, NY. There is a small parking lot for 4-5 cars and a pull off just ahead for another 3-4 cars.

    The trail begins at the back of the parking area. Following the contour of the Stephenson Range, the trail winds past an old rock quarry at .2 miles and continues through a thick forest until reaching the large, open rocky ledge.

    Hiking out on the ledge, you’ll get towering views of Whiteface Mountain directly across from you and distant views of the Ausable River drainage, Jay Mountain, Hurricane Mountain, and more.

    Practice Leave No Trace

    1. Hikers have found the rocky ledge to be an attractive place for building multiple rock cairns. Cairns are a means of marking trails and way-points by trail staff to help hikers stay on the correct path. When cairns are constructed by hikers and not by trail staff, they can mislead other hikers off course or confuse them on larger rocky summits. Cairns also obstruct views and moving rocks can take away habitats for wildlife and insects.
    2. Be prepared for the hike ahead. While this hike is on the shorter side with low elevation, the trail still has rocks and roots. Wear proper hiking boots that protect your feet and ankles. The exposed ledge at the end of the trail is typically windier because of the updraft from the valley below. Bring an extra layer to enjoy the views in warmth.
    3. Always carry out what you carry in!
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    Dog Friendly
    Easy Parking
    Family Friendly
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    🥇Top Contributor

    about 1 year ago

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    Such a big payoff with very little effort needed. It's the perfect after work or only have a short amount of time spot. Highly suggest packing some food and drink and having dinner at the top during sunset. Just remember to carry all your trash out! The trail can get muddy in spots so if it has rained recently make sure you've got the proper footwear and an extra pair of socks just in case.

    Great view for the effort!

    Trailhead is on the side of the ridge near the top so the hiking is nearly flat leading to the vista - drink it in with seasoned adventurers or even newbies!

    Leave No Trace

    Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

    We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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