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Siamese Ponds Wilderness
Peaked Mountain, elevation 2919 feet, is a modest sized mountain located north-west of Thirteenth Lake. It is a very steep sided summit, which gives great views of the surrounding forest, lakes, and mountains, including the high peaks. The trailhead is at the parking lot for public access to Thirteenth Lake. The lot is reached by taking Thirteenth Lake road off of NY 28 north of North Creek.
Just before the creek (0.85 miles), the trail turns away from the lake and follows up the stream valley on a generally gentle grade. This part of the hike is a very nice walk in the woods. Soon the trail reaches the shore of Peaked Mountain Pond. The trail ascends about 600 feet in the first 2.6 miles to the pond. There is a trail around the east side of the pond to the start of the real climbing.
Once you start the final ascent, you'll climb steeply with a gain of 670 feet in just 0.4 mile. The summit views are spectacular. By walking all around the summit, on a clear day you can see the High Peaks to the north. Total mileage for this hike is 3.5 miles one way with an overall elevation change of 1270 feet.
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