Chimney Mountain Trail

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#8 of 166 trails in Adirondack Park
Chimney Mountain Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Indian Lake, NY that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and rock climbing.

2.6 miles 967 feet Out & Back
kid friendly hiking rock climbing cave views wildlife bugs rocky
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Tad Kalahar
9 days ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

nice climb... great trail...

Tad Kalahar
9 days ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

nice trail... solid incline.... makes u work

Mike Scidmore
15 days ago

9 Completed10 Reviews

Patrick Groom
1 month ago

9 Completed1 Reviews

It was great! It was short but steep, but this is my favorite place to go for adventure

john ferrara
1 month ago

8 Completed8 Reviews

It is a continuous climb. A few streams at the bottom to pass. Very rocky. Anyone can make it with some rests. Make sure you don't stop at the chimneys. Down and off to the right is a State campsite. The trail continues for a 1/4 mile to the summit where you get 360 views. It is worth continuing to the top. Great place to sit and soak up some sun on a nice day.

Collin Clute
1 month ago

6 Completed6 Reviews

Abigail S.
5 months ago

This a really fun, but intense hike that grows more intense the further up you climb. We had to take breaks along the way, especially towards the top. The summit was a lot of fun; there are tons of crevices and ledges to explore - you have to be extremely careful as there are tons of drop offs or holes you don't necessarily notice until you are inches away. I found it hard to find the caves, so I wasn't able to explore them.

David Brand
5 months ago

9 Completed9 Reviews

DJ Port
6 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

I almost died in the cave about ten years ago. . awesome hike but if you're going in, bring the right equipment and be very careful!

Mark Heiland
8 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Steve Watson
9 months ago

8 Completed9 Reviews

Michael D.
9 months ago

Judy Brazell
9 months ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

We have completed this trail in 2015 and 2012. The family ranged from 63 to 4 years old -- so anybody can do it! It is rated as a moderate hike but the trail is persistently more challenging as you make the ascent. The views are great; the caves awesome; and it's a wonderful place to just sit and take in the glory of God!

Steve Watson
10 months ago

8 Completed9 Reviews

Great hike, it is moderate to difficult.

Edward House
10 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

I consider this a moderate too Difficult hike due to the steepness of the trail. The last 100 yards is a real killer on the legs. Finally it levels out and you swing around to the left until you get to the chimney precipice. there is not much to see from here except the valley and another mountain side across the valley. Down in the valley and and on the mountain you're looking at from chimney there are numerous caves perhaps numbering 70. I have personally checked out most of these caves. Most are very small but still very dangerous. there is one very large and extensive cave that can easily kill many people called Eagle Cave. People have lost their lives in this cave so it is extremely wise to take twine and string it out as you go so that you can make sure to find your way back.
Ropes and ascenders will be needed for many of these caves while others are very simple and all you need is a hard hat and flashlight.
A great place to explore and a short trail.
you must pay two dollars per day parking fee at the base of the trail due to the fact that it is on private property. And then turns to state land as you ascend the trail.

Tammy Klock
1 year ago

4 Completed3 Reviews

This is by far one of my favorite ADK hikes with the added bonus of having an awesome cave for splunking enthusiasts.

Ryan Dickinson
1 year ago

14 Completed1 Reviews

Awesome hike. Don't be in a rush, there is a lot to explore. Steep climb but good footing and pretty short.

Bobbie Colby
1 year ago

3 Completed2 Reviews

Steep climb, well worth it . Beautiful views. Can't wait to do it again.

Anne Conger
1 year ago

14 Completed7 Reviews

Taylor Levesque
1 year ago

7 Completed2 Reviews

Incredible hike. Not very long, but I recommend setting aside plenty of time to explore the caves and climb around. The wildlife is great. We saw a beautiful salamander and walked right up to a deer. Do a lot of exploring. Thx nature.