Clinton County High Point Trip Report

two points on Lyon Mtn (3,820+ ft)

Date: August 12, 2002
Author: Michael Schwartz

At the west end of the prison wall in Dannemora, zero your odometer. Resist the urge to look guiltily over your shoulder as you pass the guard towers. Take NY 374 around the north and northwest sides of Chazy Lake and enjoy the view of Lyon Mountain.

At 9.0 miles turn left onto Chazy Lake Road. Go 1.7 miles, then turn right onto an unsigned washboard- gravel road ("seasonal maintenance") 0.8 mile to parking/trailhead. Hike the moderately steep trail to the summit tower. I checked out the ledges described by Bob Packard, and probed further north into the large contour, but the land started to descend. I then returned to the tower and used GPS to guide me through very thick spruce and other crud to the two small 3,820+ ft bumps, which were about 0.09 mile distant, bearing 220 degrees. I did find one small bump that rose about ten feet, but felt I had descended more than that from the tower. The second bump was indistinguishable. At this point I started to get views of Averill Peak to the southwest. If I were to return, I'd wander the ledges near the tower and call it good.