Castle Rock

Blue Mountain Lake, New York 12812

Castle Rock

Castle Rock Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"From a glance at a map, this trail looks deceptively uninteresting, but it has a lot to keep your interest. The analogy to a castle is well founded, and those with active imaginations will find themselves naming gates, turrets, and other structures while exploring the area. As a short loop, it provides a refreshing change from the innumerable out-and-backs typical of summits and other trails in the park.

The parking area is a small pulloff near the Minnowbrook Conference Center. The trail register is just up the road within sight of the sandy parking area. However, the trail does not begin until a little more than 0.3 mile down the road."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Discover the Adirondacks (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Peter W. Kick
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"Castle Rock offers the most scenic family-friendly hike in the southwestern Adirondacks, with views over Blue Mountain Lake and the Blue Ridge wilderness." Read more

Castle Rock Reviews

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Great hike through the pine forest. Quiet except for the turkey googles. Spectacular view from the top but this is NOT an easy rating. It starts out forest path and turns into narrow windy route with rocks and many tree roots to negotiate.

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Trail Information

Blue Mountain Lake
Nearby City
3.7 miles
550 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
1,880 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,430 feet
Top Elevation
Central and Southern Adirondack trail information
Local Contacts
National Geographic Adirondack Park, Northville/Raquette Lake (#744)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018