Blue Mountain Trail

#4 of 15 trails in Adirondack State Park
Blue Mountain Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Blue Mountain Lake, NY that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round.

2.0 miles 1535 feet Point to Point
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Chris Roberts
7 days ago

33 Completed29 Reviews

The start of the trail looks like an old road then the path turns real rocky. You have to watch your footing as you're hiking. The last part of the ascent is where the trail gets real steep. There was a lot of people on the trail today.

Joshua Skoler
10 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

great easy hike, great view

Daniel Guglielmo
26 days ago

4 Completed2 Reviews

As a group of 4 experienced hikers, we completed this trail in 3 hours and 20 minutes - the time it took us to get to the top fire tower, resting at the top for 10 minutes, then back to the parking lot.
This trail is a great hike for beginners that want to take their first step on a more intermediate trail - as it requires few spots where attention to tricky foot placement is required but no hands are needed.
This trail lacked any convenient resting points until you reached the top of the mountain (also you will be waiting until the top to get your first and only scenic view).
Unfortunately by the time we got to the top, more clouds rolled in which limited our sight to a few foggy feet in front of us.
Hiked during a rain storm (was snowing the top half of the summit) which caused slippery roots to be our biggest battle no matter how much traction we had. These roots are VERY slippery when wet, more so than the few remaining patches of ice and slippery rocks with water currents over them.
All in all, was a GREAT trail which provides an intermediate uphill grade! Bring lots of water and snacks to enjoy before the descent!

Chris C
1 month ago

57 Completed22 Reviews

Larry Kinz
2 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

The trail may be short, but during the winter it's pretty much all a steep ice slide. Fun on the way down though!

Susan Moore
2 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Good payoff but wouldn't do it again. Views are limited except at the tower. Not easy, good workout .

Douglas Usyk
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Heidi K.
3 months ago

Excellent. Beautiful views. I would say the hardness of trail is medium to hard.

Gyungjoon Go
4 months ago

4 Completed2 Reviews

This is more than 6mile. It was pretty amazing

David Brand
5 months ago

9 Completed9 Reviews

Samantha Fox
7 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

No, this is a 6 mile out and back. Don't know how great the views are as there was an october snow storm when we got up there. Its not too difficult, but its not easy. We took our time and made it up and back in 3.5 hours.

Jasen Herrera
8 months ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

First time in the Adirondack area and it didn't disappoint. The entire trail was well cleared and marked in areas. The first half of the trail was fairly easy with some rocks and trees in the path, the second half was a bit more challenging, with solid rock faces and some serious incline. But the top is worth it, definitely get up the fire tower and the view will take your breath away.

Irimia Liviu
8 months ago

25 Completed5 Reviews

Emily Elwood
8 months ago

4 Completed3 Reviews

Really good hike with amazing views from the fire tower at the summit. We ended up getting caught in some unexpected rain, so the trail was quite slick on the way back down, but manageable.

Steven Swanson
9 months ago

7 Completed3 Reviews

As one of the older types, the "easy" rating is optimistic. It is a straight up (no switchbacks) climb of about 1400 feet in about a mile over bare rock faces. Take your time and it is fine, but don't expect easy. The views at the top are well worth the effort.

Kate Dimock
9 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

A great challenge for the beginner hiker. Short, but relatively difficult, especially when you have to do a little almost-rock-climbing towards the beginning. Not a trail to attempt when it's wet out due to the fact that most of the trail is solid rock. Lots of people on the trail- not for those who like solitude. The view from the top is really nice- picture worthy. Be prepared to have burning thighs and calves the next day- it's a pretty high incline.

James Lynn
9 months ago

6 Completed2 Reviews

Hiked this with my 14 year old son and as beginning hikers we found it pretty challenging. Lots of rocks and roots on the trail and quite a climb to the top. It had rained the night before and everything was a little wet, yet the footing on the bare rock was pretty good. The view from the fire tower is well worth the effort of getting there. Note: not a trail for those who want to be out there alone, lots of people on this hike.

Michael Kress
9 months ago

8 Completed5 Reviews

Vigorous hike, but not too overpowering -- I did it with my son when he was 8. The view at the top is spectacular, but only if you climb the fire tower. Else, the views are not so great. Watch out for wet trail after rain.

Judy Brazell
9 months ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

I give Blue Mountain a 3 only because there are no vistas on the way up where I can sit and take in the beauty. My husband and I (both 63 yo) started up early and it was quite quiet and peaceful at the top until a large group started arriving. We learned later 30 people in the party and the young people who arrived on top were very noisy. The views are awesome from the firepower but if the tower were not there it may have been more disappointing. It is obvious that the trail is maintained by professionals and they do a superb job of keeping it maintained. It was a dry day so the slides and the slabs were dry and that made for a great hike! We have been talking about taking this hike for years and glad we did it.

logan kandrovy
9 months ago

4 Completed1 Reviews

very well maintained. I'm 13 and went with a 39 year old. parts are a little scary because the path is mostly rock. but the view was well worth it. i highly recommend it.