Scenic and Destination Hikes Adirondack High Peaks
Johns Brook (Garden parking area)
Length: 12.6 mile roundtrip
Other Info: Elevation: 4,400 ft.Elevation change: 2644 ft.
Armstrong Mountain, the 22nd highest peak, is located in Essex County, New York and named after Thomas Armstrong, a local pioneer. The mountain is part of the Great Range of the Adirondack Mountains. Armstrong is flanked to the southwest by Gothics, and to the northeast by Upper Wolfjaw Mountain. Armstrong Mountain stands within the watershed of the East Branch of the Ausable River, which drains into Lake Champlain. 1
As an alternative to the above map and profile, one can approach on the private property of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR), note that dogs are absolutely prohibited in the game preserve. This is approx. 6 miles one way with a moderate to steep ascent. From the parking lot you will initially have to follow a dirt road to a paved road next to a golf course. At 0.5 miles from the parking area, turn left and down between two tennis courts on Lake Road Way to get to the gate into the AMR. The AMR is a private property area with recreational easements, special rules apply to use and those are posted at the gate. At the gate you will need to hike the dirt access road for around 2.0 miles to the Gothics access trail on the right. This trail leads through the forest to a bridge over the Ausable River and then to the base of Beaver Meadow Falls. 2