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Hiking in Adirondack Park
East Central Adirondacks
A group of local volunteers built the one mile Cheney Mountain Trail in 2012 with help from the Champlain Area Trails (CATS). The trail is located on property owned by the Town of Moriah. Views from lookouts along side trails near the 1347 foot summit include the Green Mountains of Vermont to the east and some of the Adirondack High Peaks to the west. The total round trip of this hike is two miles.
After passing a gate the Cheney Mountain Trail travels through a capped landfill. Yes, you are walking over an old landfill. There are views of the Green Mountains, including Killington Peak to your right as you walk along the open area of the old landfill. There are a few wooden stakes with trail markers to help take you across the open field to the woods on the other side. After entering the woods the trail reaches a trail register and an unmarked trail coming in from the left at 0.15 miles.
The trail now starts to climb, at times steeply. At 0.35 miles the trail levels briefly giving hikers a short break from climbing. The climbing begins again at 0.45 miles and at 0.6 miles you'll notice a perfect rock in the middle of the trail, that we'll call the "Resting Rock". You may notice all the other larger boulders in the area. After short distance the trail reaches the summit ridge. There is a side trail on the left that leads 300 feet to a good view north. There are no views on the summit and the main trail continues and reaches a junction at 0.8 miles. The side trail on the left leads 0.1 miles to an overlook that features views of the Green Mountains of Vermont, the bridge over Lake Champlain and Crown Point.
The side trail on the right leads 0.1 mile to a short loop that features a large open slop that features views of the Dix Mountain Range, huge tailings of an old mining operation just below the mountain, Giant Mountain and other high peaks to the northwest. Look for the Belfry Mountain Fire Tower in the foreground as you look at Giant Mountain. The overall elevation gain on this hike is just under 500 feet. The two mile hiking round trip includes trips to each lookout.
Directions: The trailhead is located about one mile off NY 9N/22 on Pelfershire Road, north of Port Henry. The GPS coordinates for the trailhead are N44 04.816 W73 28.955 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle. Look below for a trail map, a few pictures and a video of this hike.
Crown Point, Lake Champlain Bridge and the Green Mountains
View of the Green Mountains from the old landfill
Huge pile of tailings from the old mining operation
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