Lake George

Lake George
Lake George - from Tongue Mtn Range - 11/11/2011

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Silver Lake Mountain - 5/26/12

I think one of the next things I will work on is to compile my list of favorite Adirondack hikes and categorize them by length of hike, vertical gain, hike features etc.  There are all types of hikes out there to satisfy all criteria.

Case in point...Silver Lakes Mountain.  This mountain is north of Wilmington, NY (and Whiteface Mountain), and even north of Catamount Mountain.  As the trailhead sign indicates (see below), the trail is only .9 miles long, but a steep 900' vertical gain.  We were passing through on our way to Lyon Mountain, but had heard that this trail was worth the stop, so we did it.

On the summit ridge

The hike took us 1.5 hours.  The reward was a fabulous view to the SW of Silver Lake, Taylor Pond and Union Falls Pond.  I would guess that many 6 year old kids could climb this hike and enjoy it.  A nice reward without a half day of hiking.

Our route shown in blue (click image to enlarge)

There is no water available on the trail once you get started, so bring your own.  Bring your camera.  You will snap quite a few pictures.

The trailhead sign along County Route 17 (just south of Hawkeye)

Almost to the top

Lots of lakes to the SW
This hike is on my list of short superior hikes.

The summit

Hike Stats:
Hike Distance:  2 miles
Hike Time:  1.5 hours
Total Vertical Gain:  1030'
Views:  Priceless  

Mike and Rev along the summit ridge

Rev... alert on the summit

This trail looks like it would be mostly dry most of the time.  Leesa likes that.

A pair of dice


  1. I will have to put this one on my list of hikes to do with our kids.

  2. Great idea. I think you should publish a book. It would be fantastic. I think you already have all the info and photos in your blog. That way, people could take the book with them and plan trips. I would buy a copy. Your website inspires people to get out and hike and visit the area. You provide all the right information people need. I only did a few hikes out that way, but it's always on my list to go back. I love the Dacks! Thanks for sharing your trip information.

    1. I don't think I'm quite ready for that. I still have a lot of exploring to do, and writing a book is a big task. Perhaps when I feel the urge to slow down a little bit.