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Adirondack High Peaks
High Peaks Wilderness
The last of the original Adirondack 46ers, however Couchsachraga Peak now ranks fifty-ninth in order of height. There are now at least 13 peaks that are higher than it and two that are about the same height. This was a result of the 1953 and later USGS surveys in which four of the original 46 were lowered and one new peak was raised up to 4000.
Although the change in rank and new height of Couchsachraga Peak at 3820 feet, the prerequisite for becoming a "46er" is still climbing the original 46. Thus Couchsachraga Peak is still a 46er. There are no maintained trails to the summit, however there are herd paths. Couchsachraga Peak is usually combined with Panther Peak and Santanoni Peak. Expect a very long day hike or an overnight backpack trip to do all three. Expect a difficult hike of over 16 miles to "bag" all three summits.
The normal route starts at about 0.3 of a mile south of the Santanoni Lean To at a beaver dam, cross the dam and follow a survey line that climbs sharply over rough terrain until it peters out into a herd path going in a westerly direction. You will then reach a brook descending from the Panther-Santanoni ridge. Head up this brook and after about 0.5 of mile of rock-hopping another herd path is reached. Head up this herd path and after about 0.5 of a mile reach the main ridge.
This spot is called “Time Square” and from here one can easily reach all the peaks in the Santanoni Mountains. From here simply head west along the long ridge heading off in the direction of Couchsachrage Peak descending gradually into a very wet col and then back up to the top of the peak. You should be very prepared, plus familiar with the use of a compass and maps or you could easily become lost.
Directions to the trailhead: Take NY 28N, the access road (County Route 25) is reached after about 7.3 miiles north of Aiden Lair or about 5 miles east of the Town Hall on Newcomb on the N side of the road. After about 6 miles of going north on this road it forks with the main road continuing straight across a bridge over the Hudson River to a mine. Turn left here on a narrower road marked with a sign “Marcy and the High Peaks”. At 2.0 miles from this turn, there is a large parking lot about a 100 yards back from the road the trail starts from here.
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