Grandpa Pete Mountain can only be climbed using Elk Lake Lodge trails. In order to do this you need to be a guest of the lodge or gain permission to use their trails. It is a great stay at the lodge; we highly recommend you take that route. Grandpa Pete Mountain is not named as such on any other map than the one you get from Elk Lake Lodge itself. Its open summit and interesting trail will help you understand why this trail is so important to the area.
How to get there From exit 28 in Schroon Lake follow I-87 north for one exit to the North Hudson exit #29. From here follow Boreas Road west toward Newcomb. Continue for 4.25 miles to Elk Lake Road on the right. Follow Elk Lake Road to the end at Elk Lake Lodge. Trail Description From the parking area, cross Elk Lake Road and gain the foot trail around Clear Pond. It is quicker to head in a clockwise direction to reach the trail. The trail around the pond is over some very attractive and soft footing before it reaches Jones Pond. Past Jones Pond the footing gets a bit rough as cedar roots start coming into the scene. Once at the trail you have the entire climb ahead of you. The trail is a bit steep until it comes to a tall cliff band. Following the cliff band you descend a bit to a very steep section up past the cliffs to the outstanding summit views.
Elevation Gain 465’
Distance Round Trip 4.4 miles
Approximate time round trip family with young kids: 2 to 3 hours Experienced Hiker: 1.5 to 2 hours Out of Shape Hiker: 2 to 2.5 Hours Winter Overview
This would be an outstanding winter climb with little use. However, since the lodge is not open in the winter it would be tough to gain permission to hike. This trail is not recommended for cross-country skiing.