Let's climb 3352-foot Ampersand Mountain, located directly south of Middle Saranac Lake. This is a steep and rugged trail, but the rocky summit features outstanding vistas in nearly every direction. Can you believe that in over 20 years of hiking, I have only climbed Ampersand twice? Let's hope for good weather, because this is a very scenic mountain.
Hiking Distance: 2.7 miles over steep and rocky terrain, with an ascent of 1777 vertical feet.
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Risk Statement: While we never deliberately court dangerous situations, the exploration of wilderness areas implies personal risk, such as being injured in a remote area. By participating in any Adirondack Wilderness Explorer event, you agree to assume full responsibility for the personal safety and well being of yourself and your guests.
Seasonal Conditions: By mid-spring, the days are getting warmer, but snow and ice may still be present in shady locations. Biting insects such as mosquitoes and black flies may be starting to appear.
What to Bring:
Essex / Franklin / Hamilton County, New York