Washington County High Point Trip Report

Black Mountain (2640+ ft)

Date: September 18, 2000
Author: Mike Schwartz

From the junction of US 4 and NY 22 in Whitehall, go north 7.1 miles on NY 22 to a left onto Washington County rte 6, signed for Huletts Landing. Turn left onto Pike Brook Road at 9.7 miles, and park at the trailhead lot at 10.6 miles.

The trail is marked with red metal disks. There are not a lot of markers, but there are signs at every key trail junction, so it's easy to follow. A few white/silver disks appear higher up the mountain, and are on the correct trail. The summit is crowned with a noisy wind powered generator and a fire tower/communications facility surrounded by an impenetrable chain-link fence. The views, especially to the north, are outstanding. Lake George stretches out before you to the north, 2000+ feet below, and on this clear day, the Adirondack high peaks were visible. There's a loop trail back reported to have equally grand views to the south, but I chose to return the shorter way I came up. Time up 1:10, and about an hour for the descent. Anyone using the Adirondack Mountain Club trail guide for this region should note that there have been changes made to the Black Mountain Trail from the written description therein. Trust the markings and signs on the trail to be accurate. Although it doesn't look like it on small scale maps, Washington County is contiguous with Essex County, home of Mt Marcy.