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Hiking in Adirondack Park
Looking for great views without hiking a 46er? Try Baxter Mountain overlooking the village of Keene Valley. This popular trail, which is just over a mile in length for this the 2,440 foot peak with an elevation gain of 700+ feet, begins off of NY 9N and on Spruce Hill. The sign's a little faded, but keep your eyes peeled on the right hand side of the road about 60 feet past Hurricane Road. If you come to the Baxter Mountain Tavern on the left you've just missed the start of the trail.
The land here is privately owned, but you can hike along the trail through the property. Located just off the highway, the trail begins through a field and continues into a pine forest. The trail to the summit is fairly easy as it follows a generally moderate grade.
Following a series of gentle switchbacks, the approach to the peak becomes a bit steeper, but soon levels off to a series of overlooks with stunning views of the valleys below and peaks of the Great Range including Mount Marcy. Continuing on to the final summit you'll be able to look down to the village of Keene Valley. Baxter Mountain Tavern was selected for the 2015 Best of Keene Awards for Pubs.
Directions: Located 2.0 miles east of intersection of NY 73 and NY 9N at the top of the hill. The trailhead is south of NY 9N, 60 feet east of the intersection with Hurricane Road.
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