Pitchoff Mountain Hiking Trail is a hiking trail in Essex County, New York. It is within Sentinel Range Wilderness and Adirondack Park. It is 4.6 miles long and begins at 1,848 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,863 feet. The Cascade Parking is near the trailhead. There are also parking, restroom, and an information board. Pitchoff Mountain (elevation 3,488 feet) can be seen along the trail.
Pitchoff Mountain Hiking Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This point-to-point climbs past a balancing boulder en route to the summit of a mountain, then descends over four subpeaks, each with a great view. Pitchoff Mountain lies at the edge of the Sentinel Range Wilderness. It’s a lovely hike that takes you through a patchwork of trees and shrubs, over ledges, and past a gravity-defying rock. The hike up Pitchoff is much less crowded than Cascade Mountain across the ravine. While it doesn’t have the cache of a 4,000-footer, you can see many of the major mountains in the High Peaks region from its multiple rock perches."
--Lisa Densmore Ballard, Hiking the Adirondacks: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides).
"This rocky ridge parallels NY 73 and provides excellent views of the High Peaks wilderness to the south. This is an end-to-end hike and easiest to manage with two cars—or park at one end and catch a ride to the other. There are several steep rock scrambles, so be prepared during wet and icy conditions.
The trail, marked with red disks and yellow blazes for the whole trip, turns west almost immediately and parallels the road roughly 0.3 mile under a canopy of birch and beech trees. The trail swings north, and you begin climbing among a jumble of cobbles and boulders alongside a rocky brook. The grade steadily increases and becomes a lot steeper 0.8 mile into the hike."
--Tim Starmer, Five-Star Trails Adirondacks (Menasha Ridge Press).
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