Gull Pond Hill from Gull Pond is an unmarked herd-path, not an official trail; use of map and compass could be useful.
How to get there
From exit 28 in Schroon Lake Route 9 toward Schroon Lake. In 0.6 miles or so take a left onto Alder Meadow Road. Follow this around for just under 4-miles to the Gull Pond Trail on the left, park here.
From the trailhead you will follow the flat and easy trail to Gull Pond, which is a fabulous destination upon itself. This is an excellent spot for picnicking and swimming for all ages. A nice rock ledge gets you to the water. Gull Pond Hill and cliffs can be seen on the far side. Gull Pond Hill and Cliffs is not recommended for young children it is very dangerous.
To access Gull Pond Hill there is a narrow herd path to the right (east) of the pond. Once on this herd path it can be a bit hard to follow in areas, but keep the pond close to your left. Eventually the herd path will lead past a small campsite (not legal) and then start a climb up the rocky slopes of the hill. There are large boulders dotting the side of the mountain and on very steep slopes. Eventually the herd path brings you to the top of the cliffs and the summit slightly higher. Be very careful atop the sheer ledges, but enjoy the view it is spectacular.
Distance Round Trip
Approximate Time Round Trip
- Family with Young Kids: Not recommended past Gull Pond, 30 minutes to pond
- Experienced Hiker: 2 hours
- Out of Shape Hiker: 2 hours