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 all the way to Newcomb and Route 28N. Take a left onto 28N and continue for just under 6-miles to the access road for Vanderwhacker Mountain on the right, just before the crossing of the Boreas River. Follow this road for 2.6 miles to the trailhead. The access road is dirt and very rough. OK for low clearance vehicles but take it very slow.
From the trailhead you will hike on a moderate trail with slight elevation change. While wet under some conditions, it’s a nice trail to be on. About half way to the top a snowmobile trail will come in on the left, often missed, but no less there. At around 1.5 miles from the trailhead you will come to the old observers cabins. From here the trail gets quite steep with much of the elevation remaining. It will level out again to a more moderate hike as it approaches the fire tower. From the fire tower the views are stupendous, from ground level, there are a few, but nothing comparable.
Distance Round Trip
Approximate Time Round Trip
- Family with Young Kids: 5 to 6 hours
- Experienced Hiker: 3.5 to 4 hours
- Out of Shape Hiker: 4 to 5 Hours