|Hike Name:||Snowy Mountain - Adirondack State Park|
|Nearby Town:||Indian Lake, NY|
|Directions:||the trailhead is accessed via a parking lot on NY - Rte 30, about 6.5 miles south of Indian Lake in the lower peaks of Adirondack State Park|
|Total Hike Distance:||7.40 miles|
|Hike Type:||In and Out, Backtrack Hike|
|Hike Starts/Ends:||at the trailhead in the parking lot on Rte 30|
|Trails Used:||the trail for the summit of Snowy Mountain, which eventually leads to a fire tower near the summit|
|Backcountry Water Sources:||None|
|Management:||State Park Service|
|Contact Information:||Adirondack State Park|
|Best Season:||Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall|
|Road Conditions:||Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads|
|Hike Summary:||Snowy Mountain is the highest peak in the Lower Adirondacks (south of the Adirondack High Peaks, where the more famous 4k'ers live). During the spring and summer, as with the other hiking opportunities in the park, watch out for biting insects.
The trail to the destination starts at a parking lot off of Rte 30, and has a log book to record summit attempts. After signing in, the trail, which is studded with the ankle-busters (small and large rocks) that the Adirondacks are famous for, meanders through a forest for about 2 miles.
After coming to large stone slabs on the trail, it's about time to prepare for the final 1.2 miles of rock scramble which gives the path its difficulty. This part of the trail probably should not be attempted under wet conditions without good shoes, as some parts are rather steep and/or slippery.
The summmit lies immediately after the rocks, providing a nice reward for an honest amount of effort. The trail can be followed to reach a fire tower and (if memory serves) a shelter near the summit. On a clear day, the views are rather nice. On a foggy day, watch out for the edge when walking around the top of the mountain.
Retrace your steps to get back to the car