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Peaked Mountain Backpacking
Sat, Sep 29 • 9:00 AM

Peaked Mountain is one of the most iconic landmarks in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness. It towers over its namesake pond, and offers outstanding views of the surrounding landscape.

I love everything about this hike. The trail begins by skirting the rugged shoreline of Thirteenth Lake, and then winds back, forth, and around the wetlands on Peaked Mountain Brook. Eventually you reach Peaked Mountain Pond, a scenic gem at the foot of the conical peak. There is a really good campsite here.

The final ascent of the mountain is very steep, but the rewards are well worth the effort! It's hard to imagine a more scenic destination.

The plan for the weekend will be to carry overnight packs to the pond and set up camp. From there we will climb the mountain as a side adventure. I have led multiple trips to this place, and I have never gotten tired of it. Join me for what is sure to be another outstanding weekend!


Photo: Fall at Thirteenth Lake


Photo: Hiking toward Peaked Mountain


Photo: View from the summit of Peaked Mountain


Hiking Distance: 3.5 miles one-way to the summit, with 1250 feet of elevation gain. It is just 2.9 miles to the campsite.

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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: September can be exceptionally beautiful, with the change in foliage, crisp days, and lack of bugs. But the days are getting shorter, and the weather is noticeably cooler. When it rains, hypothermia is a real threat.

What to Bring:

  • Tent & sleeping bag
  • Backpack
  • Water filer or purification
  • Stove & cookware
  • Food for 2 days and 1 night
  • Warm clothing for nighttime
  • Headlamp

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Siamese Ponds Wilderness

Hamilton / Warren County, New York