This destination is a herd path at best and only used this in part the summit lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is highly recommended. When traveling off-trail you will experience hazards not realized on a trail, expect more difficult and varying conditions and always lean toward safety as a priority.
How to get there
From the intersection of Route 9 and Route 74 in Schroon Lake follow Route 9 north toward North Hudson. Continue to the Dirgylot Trailhead on the left.
Once you have located the trailhead the hike will bring you into forest and soon above a sand pit, then shortly beyond, head under I87 through a hiker’s tunnel. On the opposite side, walk through the grassy field and into the forest again. You will then gradually start to gain elevation. The trail will make a hard left at a T-intersection with a faint herd path leading right; this is the one you want. This is called the Peaked Hills Path (unofficially).
The path is narrow and at times will become difficult to follow without looking ahead for the next move. The trail follows over rolling hills but never becomes too steep. You will need to cross a decent sized brook to stay on the path; this crossing can be hard to see. As you follow the path Keep track of your elevation and start looking for the open forest on your left at around 1100’. This is a really good jumping off point where the grade isn’t too steep. The open ledges are on the north, northwest side of the mountain and they are wonderful. Follow your route back down or use the ridge to head over to Peaked Hill #2.
Distance Round Trip
Approximate Time Round Trip
Family with Young Kids: Not Recommended
Experienced Hiker: 5 to 6 hours
Out of Shape Hiker: Not Recommended