Hamilton County High Point Trip Report
Date: August 17, 2003
Author: Roy Schweiker
The trail is on the west side of NY-30 about 7 miles south of the junction with
NY-28 in Indian Lake. There is a limited amount of paved parking on the east side.
A trailhead sign says it is 3.4 miles but Views from On High by Jack Freeman
says it is 3.9 miles with 2,100 feet of elevation gain. The first mile or so is up and
down to a crossing of Beaver Brook. Not too far beyond the beavers have flooded
out a bog bridge and I found it easier to cross the beaver dam than the flooded bridge.
There is another mile or so up the brook with several crossings, then
the trail begins to climb moderately up to the left. There is a half-mile which
is very steep and highly eroded to a fine view ledge. The trail leaves the left
end of the ledge near a spring and climbs more gradually to the fire tower,
which has been restored by the state and can easily be climbed for views.
If you go down a short ways toward the lake, you suddenly come out at the top of
a cliff several hundred feet high. The bump to the northeast has a geocache in