Lyon Mountain

Lyon Mountain, New York

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A woodland stroll, then a fun scramble up rocks to a fire tower and an open summit with views into Canada, Vermont, and the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. Lyon Mountain is only 171 feet short of making the 4,000-footer list. It is a monadnock—a peak that stands alone, about 30 miles west of Plattsburgh, crowning the southwestern shore of Chazy Lake. Lyon Mountain is only 171 feet short of making the 4,000-footer list. It is a monadnock—a peak that stands alone, about 30 miles west of Plattsburgh, crowning the southwestern shore of Chazy Lake. Though the trail up Lyon Mountain is longer than 6 miles round-trip, it feels easier to hike than many ascents of lesser mileage. Unlike most Adirondack trails, it has lots of modern-day switchbacks and a moderate incline until it meets the original trail just below the summit. Your heart will pound as you scramble up the upper slopes. But it’s a worthwhile effort. The panorama from atop Lyon Mountain is the king of views in the northern Adirondacks.

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"A woodland stroll, then a fun scramble up rocks to a fire tower and an open summit with views into Canada, Vermont, and the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. Lyon Mountain is only 171 feet short of making the 4,000-footer list. It is a monadnock—a peak that stands alone, about 30 miles west of Plattsburgh, crowning the southwestern shore of Chazy Lake.

Lyon Mountain is only 171 feet short of making the 4,000-footer list. It is a monadnock—a peak that stands alone, about 30 miles west of Plattsburgh, crowning the southwestern shore of Chazy Lake. Though the trail up Lyon Mountain is longer than 6 miles round-trip, it feels easier to hike than many ascents of lesser mileage. Unlike most Adirondack trails, it has lots of modern-day switchbacks and a moderate incline until it meets the original trail just below the summit. Your heart will pound as you scramble up the upper slopes. But it’s a worthwhile effort. The panorama from atop Lyon Mountain is the king of views in the northern Adirondacks."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lyon Mountain
Distance: 6.4
Elevation Gain: 1,904 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 5 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 1,925 feet
Top Elevation: 3,829 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Lyon Mountain Quad

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