Couchsachraga Peak is most often climbed as a trio of all three Santanoni Peaks in a day. Consider using the Times Square herd-path and the Santanoni Express Route is you are planning to do a traverse it will save time and distance – but you will need to leave Santanoni for last or do it first.
This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 46 on the list.
Santanoni is the true gem of the range boasting the best views. Santanoni has an interesting trail along its east flank that used to be used quite often but was on private property, it is now open again to the public and aptly named “The Santanoni Express Route.” It’s steep and eroded but gets you up high and on the ridge really quickly; see the primary route below.
Primary Trailhead: Leave Lake Placid on Rte 73, follow Rte 73 toward Keene. Drive through Keen and Keene Valley and proceed back to I-87. Head south on I-87 and get off exit 29 and follow the Blue Ridge Road (CR84) toward Newcomb. Continue for roughly 18-miles to the Tahawus Road (CR25) on the right. Follow this road 6.3 miles to a left marked by a sign for Mt. Marcy and the High Peaks. At 2.0 miles from this junction there is a parking lot on the left for Santanoni.
Couchsachraga Peak (Couchy)
Most Popular Winter Trailhead
Times Square Herd Path from Upper Works
Round Trip Distance
Average Round-trip Time
8 to 10 Hours, 10 to 12 with Panther and Couchy
Winter Obstacles to be Aware Of
Very deep snow on the way to Couchy if not broken out prior to your visit
From Times Square
From Times Square follow the herd path that consistently descends for quite some time to a shallow col (please see page for Panther Mountain for detail on how to get to Times Square). The descent isn’t too steep but it is long and you will lose a bunch of elevation that you will need to climb to get back to Times Square. There is one steep drop over a small ledge that brings you to the Couchy Swamp. The swamp should be frozen adequately for easy crossing. The climb on the opposite side is very mellow up to the final pitch that is steep and short. The views in winter are actually quite good when standing on several feet of snow.