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Scarface Mountain

 

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Scarface Mountain features some views from several ledges on your way to the 3088 foot summit. It is a 3.4 mile one way hike to reach the last of the viewpoints and 3.7 miles to the summit. The summit is tree covered and is completely viewless. It is the open ledges that offer the views, especially at the 3.2 mile point. It is a 1471 foot elevation gain from the parking area to the summit. This is one of the Saranac 6ers.

From the parking area, the wide trail soon crosses a railroad track and then at 0.5 miles you reach a bridge that will carry you over Ray Brook. At 1.5 miles the trail reaches and begins to follow an old road. You will want to remember this junction on your return trip. At 1.7 miles the trail turns left off the old road. You cross a small stream at 2.2 miles. The trail starts to climb now, sometimes steeply, when at 3.1 miles you reach the first of the ledges with views. The next ledge at 3.2 miles offers the best views. There are also herd paths in the area that offer more ledges and views, just don't lose your direction on the mountain. The last ledge at 3.4 miles only offers obscured views and the trail continues on to the tree covered summit at 3.7 miles.

Directions: From Lake Placid take NY 86 WEST.  At the DEC Headquarters building in Ray Brook, turn left on Ray Brook Road. The parking area is a short distance down this road on the left. There is a DEC sign at the parking area. The GPS coordinates is N44 17.885 W74 04.998.

DEC sign at the trailhead parking area

Start of the trail to Scarface Mountain

 

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