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 you will continue to climb but eventually you will have to leave the path for higher ground. The path begins to move away from the base Wyman at about 1500’-1600’ in elevation. At this point drop down steeply and cross the brook by rock hopping the narrow course and climb back out of the drainage. The forest is very open but the grade soon become extremely steep. Pick and choose your course but as you do look for open rock on the slopes that will open up superb views back toward Hoffman Mountain and the Peaked Hills, these will be on the west side of the mountain. The open rock slab is very steep in areas but quite sticky and easy to scramble up. The summit has limited views; the best part of the mountain is on these open slabs, continue to the summit about 0.2 miles away if you wish.
Distance Round Trip
Approximate Time Round Trip
Family with Young Kids: Not Recommended
Experienced Hiker: 6.5 to 7 hours
Out of Shape Hiker: Not Recommended