• Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1500 Feet

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

This enjoyable hike offers some amazing views of its neighboring high peaks.  A great family hike. 

Start this hike from the Rooster Comb trail head along scenic Rt 73 in Keene Valley.  The parking lot offers ample parking.  

You start off crossing a boardwalk over a swampy section.  Shortly after the trail follows a nature trail along side a beaver pond.  Then you enter the forest. The trail consists of another boardwalk, switchbacks and stone steps.  Also keep an eye on some interesting boulders.  

At the 2.0 mile mark you will reach the junction to the summit.  Here you will take a right for your last 0.5 miles to the summit.  At 0.3 from the turn you will reach a junction for an additional 0.2 round trip you can take a right to a nice view down the valley.  Turning left continues to the open rock summit.  

The summit is good size and offers views of neighboring high peaks including Giant, Lower Wolfjaw, Marcy and Basin.  You can also see Hopkins, Green and Hurricane Mountains.

After taking in the expansive views retrace your steps back to the trailhead.

Pack List

  • Hiking Shoes
  • Water
  • Snack
  • Camera
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I hiked this with my dog Jake and it is a great 5.2 mile round trip hike with some pretty views of Giant Mountain and Dix from the top. Easy trail with some easy rock scrambling the last .2 of a mile. We saw families on the trail.

5 months ago
5 months ago

Rebecca Nichols Explorer

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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