Mount Skylight
Your Adirondack Basecamp

Hiking

Skylight is the peak with one of the most impressive views, boasting a sighting of over 30 other High Peaks. This completely bald rock dome is very impressive when seen from other regions of the High Peaks and its expanse tends to generate its own odd weather. An Old Native American tale has it, if you don’t bring a rock to the summit and lay it upon its head, it will surely rain, and perhaps this is the explanation of the odd weather effects people talk about.

This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 4 on the list.

This peak is often climbed with in conjunction with Mount Marcy and Gray Peak.

Below is a brief descriptions of the shortest route. We recommend you pick up a guide book for more in depth detail of the other approaches. Skylight is commonly done as a loop with either an approach or return over Mt. Marcy.

Primary Trailhead: From Upper Works follow the trail to Flowed Lands and Lake Colden which isn’t all that demanding and can be accomplished relatively fast. Once at Flowed Lands depending on ice conditions it is common practice to hike over the Flowed Lands to access the trail near Lake Colden. If you don’t like the idea of hiking over the frozen waters you can also opt to use the trail, which goes up and over several rolling hills, requiring additional elevation gain and loss. 

From the dam hike along the Opalescent River and continue on the trail past the Uphill Lean-to and the intersection for Feldspar. The climb remains steady and eventually you will come to Lake Tear of the Clouds. You can also hike over this lake is you feel comfortable and the conditions are adequate. Once past the lake you are at Four-Corners where you need to take a right onto the trail. See above for the remaining portion of the trail to the summit of Mount Skylight. 

Elk Lake to Panther Gorge is a 17.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Hudson.

You will hike near the shore of the lake and end up at Four-Corners, a major intersection on the south side of Marcy. (Trail left here is the return over Marcy.) At this point take a right and climb up the shoulder of Skylight. This section tends to be a bit wet and slippery in spots. This final approach is the steepest section of the entire hike. On the summit you will see the rather enormous rock pile that superstitious hikers have built.

This hike is 17-18 miles RT - long with challenging terrain.

Family with Young Kids: Not recommended

Experienced Hiker: Primary trail – 4.5 to 5.5 hours to summit,

Out of Shape Hiker: Not recommended

Snowshoeing

Peak Name

Mount Skylight

Most Popular Winter Trailhead

Upper Works to Four-Corners or over Mount Marcy

Elevation

4926’

Round Trip Distance

18.0 miles over Marcy, 20.2 miles from Upper Works

Average Round-trip Time

10 to 12 Hours over Mount Marcy, 11 to 13 hours from Upper Works

Winter Obstacles to be Aware Of

Do not attempt to cross Flowed Lands unless the conditions warrant. The summit can be very windy with artic temperatures and severe wind chill. Be sure you are prepared for this.

Route Overview

Over Mount Marcy

Please see the Mount Marcy page on details on how to access the summit of Marcy. From the summit of Marcy you will descent off the south side toward Four-Corners and go over Schofield Cobble. The descent is fast and somewhat steep. It is 1.1 miles to the intersection; head straight ahead to access Mount Skylight.

The climb up Skylight from Four-Corners is steady and at times very steep. Once the trees get very short the trail can disappear under windblown and deep snow conditions, make your way to the summit as best you can but be sure to know where the trail is for the descent.

From Upper Works

From Upper Works follow the trail to Flowed Lands and Lake Colden which isn’t all that demanding and can be accomplished relatively fast. Once at Flowed Lands depending on ice conditions it is common practice to hike over the Flowed Lands to access the trail near Lake Colden. If you don’t like the idea of hiking over the frozen waters you can also opt to use the trail, which goes up and over several rolling hills, requiring additional elevation gain and loss.

From the dam hike along the Opalescent River and continue on the trail past the Uphill Lean-to and the intersection for Feldspar. The climb remains steady and eventually you will come to Lake Tear of the Clouds. You can also hike over this lake is you feel comfortable and the conditions are adequate. Once past the lake you are at Four-Corners where you need to take a right onto the trail. See above for the remaining portion of the trail to the summit of Mount Skylight.

More Information
Upper Works
Newcomb, NY, 12852
(518) 532-7675
info@schroonlakeregion.com
More Information
Upper Works
Newcomb, NY, 12852
(518) 532-7675
info@schroonlakeregion.com

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