From the trailhead you start climbing immediately, but over the entire course of the hike it is never be any more than a moderate climb. Quickly you will come to your first view as you top out on the first smaller bump of the ridge. A modest descent will bring you to a dried up beaver pond and a brook crossing, a very scenic area, followed by a climb through a shallow valley that ends on a scenic ridge where the views are some of the best in the Adirondacks.
Once the ridge is gained the summit is not too far away — its sheer ledge can be seen in the distance. The Little High Peaks of Indian Lake can be seen from the top, as well as the High Peaks Wilderness off the opposite side. Don’t miss out on this hike, it truly is magnificent.
Trailhead: From Schroon Lake, go south on I-87 to the Pottersville exit. In Pottersville, turn right toward Olmsteadville on County Route 19. In Olmsteadvillle, bear right toward Minerva. Just before reaching Minerva, go left on Fourteenth Rd. Continue on Fourteenth Rd. as it crosses Route 28N. Bear right at an intersection approximately 0.4 mile from Route 28N. The road is paved until it starts a steep descent to the trailhead on the left at 2 miles from Route 28N.
Elevation: 2,361 feet
Elevation Gain: 750 feet
Distance Round Trip: 5.4 miles