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.  Then a climb through a shallow valley will bring you to the scenic ridge where the views are some of the best in the park. The summit is not too far away and can be seen in the distance with its sheer ledge.  The Little High Peaks of Indian Lake can be seen as well as the High Peaks Wilderness off the opposite side. Don’t miss out on this hike; it truly is magnificent addition to the region. 

Trailhead:  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 for 4.25 miles to Elk Lake Road on the right. Follow Elk Lake Road to the end at Elk Lake Lodge. 



Elevation Gain


Distance Round Trip

5.4 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip

  • Family with Young Kids: 4 to 5 hours
  • Experienced Hiker: 3 to 4 hours
  • Out of Shape Hiker: 4 to 5 Hours