Hike the Santanoni Range

New York Santanoni Range Trailhead

  • Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    15.6 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    4754 Feet

Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

Enjoy the remote wilderness of this range featuring beautiful views in all directions during different parts of this hike!

This hike is in a very remote area of the high peaks. The range features three of the Adirondack 46 high peaks including Panther 4442 ft, Couchsachraga 3820 ft and Santanoni 4607 ft.

Once you turn into the trail head you will see the parking area. After you register you will pass the gate and follow the gravel road 1.8 miles. You will then turn right onto the blue marked trail and follow it approximately 2.5 miles. Along this trail you will cross the brook twice. The first crossing the bridge has been completely washed away therefore, prepare to rock hop. The next crossing has a "broken" bridge. It can be crossed but use caution. Once you reach the 2.5 mile mark of this trail you will take a left up the Panther Brook herd path. Please be aware a herd path is not a marked trail but a well worn trail. They may not always be easily followed so please make sure you have a map and compass and know how to read them!!!

The Panther Brook herd path skirts around the north side of Bradley Pond, and then stays left of a cliff as it ascends. Further up the path then bears left to reach Panther Brook and follows the rook until it peters out at about 3900'. You will continue your ascent to Harold Square. Here you will take a right to a herd path to Panther Peak.

The hike up to Panther peak is a quick 20 minute walk. After enjoying the views return to Harold Square. You will now continue past the cairn to Times Square. At Times Square you will take a herd path right to Couchsachraga.

The herd path to Couchsachraga is 1.5 miles. At the low point it features the infamous "Cooch Bog". In the non winter months you will have to balance on rolling logs otherwise you will fall knee deep into the mud. Once you reach the treed summit you will retrace your steps back to Times Square. Once back at Times Square you will then head to Santanoni.

The hike to Santanoni offers many views along the way. You also want to keep an eye out on your left for the Santanoni Express. That is the herd path you will descend. A few minutes after the herd path you will reach the summit of Santanoni. You will then retrace your steps until you reach the herd path now on your right. This is a steep descent. The herd path will bring you back to the blue marked trail. You will now follow the blue trail back to the gravel road and to your vehicle.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Headlamp
  • Map & Compass
  • Camera
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I have hiked this range three times. It is special in all seasons and offers amazing views!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Rebecca NicholsExplorer

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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