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Looking for great views without hiking one of the High Peaks? Try Baxter Mountain overlooking the village of Keene Valley. This popular hiking trail takes you 1.5 miles to the 2,440 foot summit with an elevation gain of 700+ feet. The trail begins off of NY 9N in the town of Keene. There is a DEC sign marking the small parking area along the road. If you come to the Baxter Mountain Tavern on the left you've just missed the start of the trail.
The land at the start of the trail is privately owned, but because of the generosity of the land owners you can hike along the trail through their property. Located just off the highway, the blue marked trail begins through a field and continues into a pine forest. The trail to the summit is fairly easy as it follows newly constructed switchbacks that create a generally moderate grade. The first views are not the summit, the summit is a bit further along the trail. This hike can be enjoyed by most in your family. The route described below is the easiest and the most popular to Baxter Mountain.
From the small parking area along NY 9N, follow the well worn path into the pines. Soon after traveling under some power lines, you'll be following a series of gentle switchbacks to a junction of the hiking trail from Beede Farm after about 0.9 miles of hiking of a trail. Turn right and climb on more switchbacks. Soon the trail 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. The trail does continue from the summit down to Beebe Lane.
Many hikers when they finish their hike head over to the Baxter Mountain Tavern, located just down the road from the trailhead. Baxter Mountain Tavern was selected for the 2015 Best of Keene Awards for Pubs. I've eaten there a couple of times and the food is really good. They have no idea that the CNY Hiking guy was there eating lunch, not once but twice and may show up again sometime.
Directions: Located 2.0 miles east of intersection of NY 73 and NY 9N at the top of the hill. There is a small parking area along NY 9N near the intersection with Hurricane Road. The GPS coordinates are N44 13.243 W73 44.962.
DEC sign and the start of the trail
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