Number twenty two in magnitude of the high peaks, Armstrong stands between the Gothics and Upper Wolf Jaw. It provides fantastic views of the Great Range and of Johns Brook Valley. Climbing this mountain can be very entertaining and memorable, with its ladders and fixed cables to assist in ascent.
It is among the less popular mountains in the area, but makes a great spot for lunch if you’re doing the circle route from Johns Brook, over the peaks of the great range.
There are several ways to get to the top of this peak, but the usual route begins at the hikers parking lot in Keene Valley. Approach via the Johns Brook trail and then come over Upper Wolfjaw to Armstrong, or continue on John Brook and come over Gothics toward Armstrong.
To reach the Armstrong Trailhead, take Rte 73 toward Keene and into Saint Huberts. You can find parking across the road from the Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead leading to Giant Mountain. You will cross through private property and the Adirondack Mountain Reserve on this trail. No dogs are allowed in the game preserve.
The hike is 5.8 miles to the summit with moderate to steep terrain. From the parking lot, follow along the dirt road to the paved road next to a golf course. About .5 miles from the parking area, take a left between two tennis courts and get to the gate to the Adirondack Mountain Reserve. From the gate, hike the dirt access road for about 2 miles to the Gothics access trail located on the right. This trail takes you through forest to a bridge crossing over Ausable River, and then to the base of Beaver Meadow Falls.
From here the trail climbs very steeply to the left of the falls. You will climb a ladder, and find that conditions are quite slippery at the top of the falls. The trail from here becomes steady, with a few steep sections. You will descend a few more ladders, and reach the trail leading up to the Great Range. Armstrong is located to the right, and Gothics to the left.