Hamilton County High Point Trip Report
Date: October 14, 2000
Author: David Galvin
This high point is accessed from a well-tended and well-used trail that starts on NY State Route 30 north
of Speculator and south of Sabael and on the western shore of Indian Lake. Just get on Route 30 and look
for the parking area sign on the east side of the road.
The trail is easy for its first 2.5 miles over rolling woodland in the valley of Beaver Creek. The final 1.3
mile to the summit is steep and often wet. A number of herd paths branch off the main trail here and run
parallel to it to avoid what are probably cascades of water during wet periods. On our trip the water was
only a trickle and we kept to the main route. There is an excellent viewpoint looking east right on the
trail a few minutes below the summit. To get to the summit proper from here, take the trail headed SW.
The summit is marked by a bronze bolt set (by Colvin?) in the gneiss, and by the still-standing ruins of a
fire tower. While the treads are removed from the first two flights of stairs on this tower it can still be
climbed. I went about halfway up, which got me above the treetops. This afforded an all-around view
that included the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks to the north. Herd paths from the summit lead to
various other vistas. One in particular sits atop a vertical cliff on the NW side of the mountain and is
The hike covers about 7.5 miles for the round trip, according to Barbara McMartin in her "Fifty Hikes in
the Adirondacks". I found that to be about right. Elevation gain from the trailhead is 2100'. It took us
about two hours to climb and one and a half hours to descend, and we were in no particular hurry. We
also spent an hour eating lunch, exploring, and loafing. I think a determined high pointer could do this
mountain and Gore (the Warren County HP), a half hour drive to the east, in a single day, particularly if
the ski lift on Gore was utilized. The Herkimer County high point isn't that far west of here, but unless
you have a helicopter to get there, forget about it.