Cheney Mountain Trail, a Champlain Area Trail

This bread-loaf shaped mountain now has easy gradients to reach the top. Enjoy three different views; to the north, up Lake Champlain, to the west a view of the High Peaks inland, and to the south a vista of Lake Champlain which includes the new Champlain Bridge.

1.5 mi RT, moderate, Elevation 1161'

Cheney Mountain Trailhead: Pelfershire Rd (south side) about 1.4 miles off Route 9N/22. Avoid the fenced gate and use the logging road.

Photo courtesy of the Press Republican. Read the article about the opening of this trail!


Trout Pond - Moriah

A pleasant woods walk to the pond, with a trail that follows half of the pond shoreline.

Trout Pond Trailhead: On Ensign Pond Road (County Rt. 4) between North Hudson and Moriah. Marked by a large DEC sign, it is 6.2 miles east of Rt. 9 N of North Hudson on the left side of the road. One can also continue 1.3 miles to Round Pond.

1.4 miles RT, Easy Walk

Time in hours:

Family with Young Kids: To Pond: .5 Round Trip: 1.0
Experienced Hiker: To Pond: .25 Round Trip: .5
Out of Shape Hiker: To Pond: .5 Round Trip: 1.0


Belfry Mountain

Belfry Mountain is the only fire tower still remaining in this region and it is an easy access hike for anybody. The firetower is also still open for visitors to visit the cab and get an excellent view of the old mining community.

Belfry Mountain Trailhead: Leave Lake Placid on Route 73 and continue through Keene and take Route 9N toward Elizabethtown. Continue on Route 9N through Elizabethtown, going right on Lincoln Pond Road as Rt. 9N makes a hard left toward Westport. Follow Lincoln Pond Road past Lincoln Pond to Dalton Hill Road on the right. Follow Dalton Hill Road for 0.5 miles to the trailhead on the right; parking is on the left.

This is a 0.3 mile hike, one way, over easy terrain. This entire climb is all uphill, but it follows a gravel/dirt access road. Pass through the steel gate and follow the obvious course of the road. As you near the top it becomes more of a foot trail passing by the radio maintenance shed. The firetower is open so be sure to climb on up and check out the views. The old mining communities of Mineville, Witherbee and Moriah are directly below you and the large mounds of mine tailings can be seen in the distance.

.6 miles, Easy Climb, Elevation: 1850'

Time in hours:

Family with Young Kids: 1/2 hour to summit

Experienced Hiker: 15-minutes to summit

Out of Shape Hiker: 1/2 hour to summit

Some photos courtesy of Jake's Adventure Blog.


NYS DEC Port Henry Boat Launch


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