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Jay Mountain
Wilderness

 

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The Jay Mountain Wilderness is located in the northeast portion of the Adirondack Park within the Towns of Jay and Lewis in Essex County. The wilderness area, at 7951 acres, is the smallest Wilderness Area in the Adirondack Park.  Although not as popular as the High Peaks Wilderness, this remote area features one of the best open ridgeline hikes in the Adirondacks.

The only marked trail in the wilderness is a 2.5 mile professionally built hiking trail that leads to the spectacular 360 degree views from the open ridgeline of Jay Mountain.  This is the most popular destination in this lightly used wilderness.

Although there is variation in the terrain, the area is predominately mountainous upland.  Maximum change in elevation across the wilderness is 2165 feet from the top of Saddleback Mountain (3615 ft.) down to the area along the Jay Mountain Road (1450 ft. elev). Jay Mountain (3600 ft), Saddleback Mountain (3615 ft), and Slip Mountain (3314 ft) dominate the center of the wilderness area.  From these mountains the elevation gradually slopes down to between 1,500 and 2,000 feet at the wilderness area boundaries. Lesser peaks within the unit include Arnold Mountain, Lawler Mountain, and Death Mountain.

Access to Jay Mountain Wilderness is found in the following locations:

1. Along the Jay Mountain Road, near the junction with Upland Meadows Road in the town of Jay.
This is the location of the Jay Mountain Hiking Trail parking area and trailhead.
2. Along the Jay Mountain Road in the town of Jay, also called the Wells Hill Road in the town of Lewis, where this road forms the common boundary between the JMWA and the Hurricane Mountain Primitive Area.  The road is not driveable for many cars, however some trucks do still drive on the rough section of road.
3. Along the Seventy Road in Lewis, where this road forms the common boundary between the
JMWA and the Taylor Pond Wild Forest.

Look below for a list of destinations as well as a map of this area. 

Destinations in Jay Mountain Wilderness

Jay Mountain Saddleback Mountain Bald Peak
Seventy Mountain Slip Mountain Death Mountain

   

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