Scenic and Destination Hikes Central Adirondack Association Region
State Rt 30
Length: a 2 mile round trip
For those who have made the drive down NY State Rt 30 from Tupper Lake to Long Lake, you can’t help but notice the bald summit of Coney Mountain rising 500 feet above the highway. This is a popular, easy climb thanks to the recent efforts of the Adirondack Mountain Club, who in 2009 built a finely constructed trail thereby avoiding the need to bushwhack for the peak’s wonderful views.
The trailhead is located on Route 30, just north of a snow plow turn around at the Hamilton/Franklin County line and a few miles south of the junction of Route 421. There is a paved, wider shoulder near the unmarked trailhead. There is a small "trail" sign at the entrance of the woods and a kiosk as well as a trail register about 100 feet along the trail from the entrance to the woods. Park along the east shoulder.
The trail is only one-mile long, climbs a total of 530 feet, and takes about 30 minutes to walk. As you emerge on the open rock summit, notice carefully the end of the path so you can find it for the return.
From vantages along the bare rock there is a full 360-degree view. Clockwise from Tupper Lake to the north, the principal landmarks are nearby Goodman Mountain and Mount Morris; the Sewards, MacIntyres, Marcy, and the Santanonis to the east; Blue Mountain to the south; and small portions of Little Tupper and Round Lakes to the southwest.
Information compiled from www.cnyhiking.com, www.adksports.com and www.adkforum.com