Even though its summit is only 3937 feet in elevation, Cliff Mountain was historically counted amongst the forty-six High Peaks, and remains so today. The views from the summit aren't too exciting, but there are interesting glimpses of Mount Marcy as you scramble up some of the rock ledges.
Join me for a day hike up this "little" peak. We'll get an early start and take our time enjoying this long and rugged route. Be sure to bring plenty of food and water!
Photo: The route to Cliff passes this stunning view of Lake Colden
Hiking Distance: 8.2 miles one-way over rugged terrain, with about 2130 feet of net elevation gain. The final ascent toward the summit involves climbing over a sequence of ledges.
Dogs: In the central High Peaks Wilderness (formerly the Eastern High Peaks Management Zone) dogs are required by regulation to be leashed at all times. The trail up Cliff features numerous ledges that might be tiring to some canine hikers.
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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: It's the height of bug season! The days are often warm and muggy, and rain showers are common.
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