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Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest
A new trail built in the summer of 2009 by a professional trail crew of the Adirondack Mountain Club, working under contract for the NY DEC, eliminated a short, but very steep bushwhack to the 2267 foot summit of Coney Mountain. This trail is a good example of a properly constructed hiking trail. The new trail, marked with blue DEC trail discs, gradually ascends to the large, open summit with it's 360 degree views from the open bare rock. The views are spectacular and include the Sewards as well as Santanoni Peak in the east. You'll also see Little Tupper Lake as well as Tupper Lake.
Tupper Lake and Goodman Mountain from Coney Mountain
The well built Coney Mountain Trail winds 1.1 miles to the summit with an overall elevation gain of 523 feet for this moderate hike. The trailhead is located on NY 30, just north of a snow plow turn around at the Hamilton/Franklin County line. There is a paved wider shoulder on NY 30 near the marked trailhead. A new parking area is being built (Sept 2013). There is a small "trail" sign at the entrance of the woods and a kiosk as well as a trail register about 100 feet along the trail from the entrance to the woods.
A well built trail takes you on a steady climb toward the open summit with one steep pitch on open rock just below the summit, but nothing that most folks can't handle. You'll surely be amazed by the openness of the large rocky summit with its 360 degree spectacular views. Bring a lunch and enjoy the views. Remember with the open summit to expect a windy time with cooler temperatures on top.
Register and kiosk at start of the Coney Mountain Trail
We have a video and a map below of this great hike located off NY 30. Parking is in a small parking area off NY 30, south of Tupper Lake, a few miles south of the junction of NY 421. The GPS coordinates are N44 06.033 W74 31.782 for those who have a GPS device in their vehicle. Coming from the south, the trailhead is just north of the snow plow turn around at the Hamilton/Franklin County line. This hike is definitely worth checking out if your in the area. We also suggest checking out the 1.6 mile trail to Goodman Mountain, located just to the north along NY 30.
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