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Upper Wolfjaw Mountain – Keene Valley, NY

Posted on: July 17th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

Upper_Wolfjaw_MountainCommonly completed on conjunction with Lower Wolfjaw, Upper Wolfjaw Mountain is number 29 on the list of high peaks and is a great place to stop for a snack or lunch while you’re on the trail.

The summit itself provides beautiful views, but you may find that the views on the way up are even more enjoyable! Don’t be fooled by the false summit, which offers stunning views.  The actual peak is another 500 yards or so down the trail and a few yards off the path.

The hike itself quite difficult in parts.  Total ascent is about 4100 ft, but involves climbing over rocks and boulders, and some very steep climbs.

The shortest trip to the summit beings at the Ausable Club, though there is also a trailhead at Adirondack Loj. Beginning at the Ausable Club, make a right just before the clubhouse onto Lake Road.  You’ll reach the trail register and the gate to the Adirondack Mountain Reserve. The trail begins through the gate about a mile down the road.  You will cross a small bridge and find the marked trail.

Follow the East River Trail along the South side of the Ausable River.  After a short time you will come to another bridge, which will cross over the river and lead to the West Side Trail.

From here you will begin a gentle ascent along the river.  It will quickly fall away below you.  Depending on the season you may see some very lovely foliage.  You will come to the Cathedral Rocks area which has a beautiful waterfall.

For the next 2 miles the trail is very moderate with occasional steep sections.  It is a pleasant walk through wooded paths with some charming views.  You’ll come to a steep section at the ascent to Woljaw Notch.  Through the trees you’ll be able to see the tall cliffs of Lower Wolfjaw.

Continuing along the trail you’ll find some great lookout spots to see the slides on Upper Wolfjaw.   You’ll come to an intersection where you should go left on the Range Trail.  Follow the signs for Upper Wolfjaw.

The trail at this section becomes markedly steeper. In spring you may find snow patches make it difficult to navigate, but it is manageable. The false summit has a rock perch which provides very pretty views to the South and East.  There is a short descent and then another climb to the true summit.  The rock is 10 yards or so from the path and has beautiful views to the South and partially obscured views to the West and North.

From here you can turn around and return to the Ausable Club or continue on and hike Armstrong and Gothics.  If you hike only Upper Wolfjaw it is about 6.5 miles round trip.

 

 

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