Floodwood Mountain Hike|
Trail Description: This
small mountain south of Paul Smiths offers views across part of the St. Regis
Canoe area to the High Peaks and west to Tupper Lake. The mountain used to belong
to the Bergen County Boy Scouts but was added to the Forest Preserve in 1990,
and this route uses a Boy Scout right of way to access the new public trail. The
trail passes through a hardwood forest and is gently rolling for almost half a
mile, then ascends steeply for the remaining half mile. The trail is abundantly
marked with red discs. Enjoy the view at the northern summit, but follow the red
markers for several hundred yards to the southern summit for even better views.
This trail has wet spots that can generally be traversed on rock crossings . These
wet spots can provide fodder for a discussion of trail responsibility, including
the notion that some trails should not be hiked in spring when they are soft and
muddy since hiking at the time causes bigger muddy spots, deeper ruts and kills
young plants that help prevent erosion. Just under 3.5 miles round trip.
Take the Floodwood Rd. found on the west side of Rt. 30 roughly halfway between
Paul Smiths and Tupper Lake. Follow this mostly-dirt road for 6.4 miles until
a sign for Floodwood Scout Reservation appears on the left. Turn left onto the
reservation; within .3 mile there is a well-marked public parking area. From the
parking lot, continue to follow the reservation road past a gate to the beginning
of the public trail, about .7 mile.
Panther Mountain Hike
Trail Description: Panther Mountain is a good first hike for children,
since the trail begins ascending immediately and reaches a summit with gorgeous
views in .8 mile. The open feeling of the hemlock forest with its lacy canopy
is appealing to youngsters, as well. This is a 1.6 mile round-trip.
The trailhead is located on Rt. 3, between Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake, roughly
1.5 miles east of the intersection of Rts. 3 and 30. The parking area (and access
to Panther Pond) is found on the south side of the road, and the trail begins
across the road, marked by the yellow on brown sign. Take care crossing the busy
Spectacular views are what await you at the rocky ledge on this summit. You will
find this trail, refreshingly removed from the crowds that ascend the high peaks.
There is an abandoned fire tower at the summit, and the rocky ledge provides excellent
Directions: The trip to the trail head is almost as interesting
as the hike up the mountain. Take Keese's Mill Rd. off of Rt. 30, just north of
Paul Smith's College in Franklin County, This paved road melds imperceptibly into
Blue Mountain Rd. From Rt. 30 to the Azure Mountain trail head is 17.5 miles.
The paving peters out, and most of the driving is on dirt road. The parking area
for the trail is found across from a corrugated metal building.
Trail Description: The 2 1/2 mile climb
begins easily enough as you gradually hike through a hardwood forest. After about
1/2 mile, you will see some of the Camp Topridge outbuildings on your left. Shortly
after passing a ranger cabin, the ground rises more steeply, and the final ascent
is steep . Even though this is not a short climb, it is a good and interesting
climb for kids. Views from the summit are magnificent.*Info. provided
by Adk. Park VIC
Directions: Take Rt. 30 from the south, turn
left on Keese Mill Rd. just after passing Paul Smith's College. Drive 2 1/2 miles
to where a gravel road enters on the left. Take this road 1/2 mile until it ends
in a parking area in front of the Camp Topridge gate.