Ampersand Mountain Trail (Red) is a hiking trail in Franklin County, New York. It is within Adirondack Park and High Peaks Wilderness. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 1,567 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,856 feet. The Ampersand Mountain Path parking is near the trailhead. The trail ends near Ampersand Mountain (elevation 3,353 feet).
Ampersand Mountain Trail (Red) Professional Reviews and Guides
"This hike has a flat approach, then a steep ascent to a broad open summit with a 360-degree view of the Saranac Lake chain of lakes to the north, the High Peaks to the south and east, and the Seward Range to the west.Located on the northwestern edge of the High Peaks region, Ampersand Mountain is believed to be named after nearby Ampersand Creek on its southern flank, which supposedly twists like an ampersand symbol, though Ampersand Lake, a private lake into which the creek flows, more closely resembles the symbol."
--Lisa Densmore Ballard, Hiking the Adirondacks: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides).
"Hike through old-growth forests to an open, panoramic summit poised between the High Peaks and the northwest lake and forest regions."
--Peter W. Kick, Discover the Adirondacks (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"Ampersand Mountain sits on the confluence of the flat north and High Peaks regions of the Adirondacks. An extremely popular hike, it offers a varied experience as you transition from a gentle walk through tall hemlocks to a steep ascent over boulder stairs.
Passage through enormous craggy boulders takes you to the bald summit, from which the lake sprawls out beneath you to the north and the High Peaks can be seen in the distance to the south. As with all popular trails, it is best to visit these in the off-season, during the week, or early if you have any desire for privacy."
--Tim Starmer, Five-Star Trails Adirondacks (Menasha Ridge Press).
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