Lake George

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

Friday, September 6, 2013

Hayes Mountain - Hoffman Notch Wilderness - 8/31/13

Labor Day weekend started out with a rainy Saturday, but I decided to head out for a hike anyways.  My destination was Hayes Mountain in the Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area in Schroon Lake, NY. 
The mountain lies just southwest of Loch Muller and the trailhead located there.  I parked and got started at about 12:30 PM.  It wasn't raining at the start, but I knew it would be shortly.  I followed the marked trail to Bayly Pond.  It was an easy 1 mile walk on an old jeep road.
The pond is pretty shallow and is mostly covered in lilypads.  It began to rain as I arrived at the pond. 

Bayly Pond

Rev takes a look
From Bayly Pond I followed an abandoned trail to Marion Pond.  There are no markers, but it is still relatively easy to follow.  The former path heads north for a ways before hooking around and heading south.  The rain began to come down harder.  Downpours alternating with light rain.
I arrived at Marion Pond after an hour and a half to find what appears to be an illegal campsite with some trash strewn about.  At the waters edge were 2 rowboats.  Nearby were a pile of mostly broken oars. 

The illegal campsite at Marion Pond

The pile of oars and other debris

I made may way around Marion Pond and began the climb up Hayes Mountain.  The rain was coming down and I was bushwhacking at this point.  I was totally soaked.  The tree density wasn't too bad and there wasn't much blowdown.  I was able to reach the summit in about 45 minutes from Marion Pond.

Marion Pond and one of the rowboats
Another view

I took a quick look around, but I didn't see any open rock or ledges to provide a view.  Granted I didn't look too hard since I was soaked and it was raining hard.
The summit of Hayes Mountain
The summit of Hays is at about 2800 feet.  Once I was satisfied that I found the true summit, I made my way back using the reverse route.  Another peak climbed, but this one didn't have much to offer.
Hike Stats:
Hike Distance: 8.4 miles
Hike Time: 4 hours
Total Vertical Gain:  ~ 1300' 
My route for the day


  1. There are cliffs on Hayes mountain at
    43.8678, -73.9159

    Though I have never been to them, I'm guessing you could find views there.

    1. Yeah, in planning to hike Hayes, I saw that there were some cliffs to the south of the true summit. The weather was just so crappy and visibility so poor that I didn't do much exploring from the summit once I got there.