Lyon Mountain

Lyon Mountain, New York 12952

Lyon Mountain

Lyon Mountain Professional Guide

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"The fire tower on the open rocky summit affords fantastic views of Chazy Lake below, and 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.

The original trail up Lyon Mountain was relatively short and steep, just under 2 miles but averaging 1,000 vertical feet per mile. A new trail was opened in 2009, which is more than a mile longer but much easier, with modern- day switchbacks and a moderate incline until it meets the old 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 if you like to look at mountains. You can see the highest peaks in both New York and Vermont from atop its fire tower as well as Montreal, Quebec, on a clear day."

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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." Read more

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Trail Information

Lyon Mountain
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
6.4
Distance
1,904 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
5 hours
Duration
Nat Geo Trails Illustrated Map: Saranac, Paul Smiths: Adirondack Park
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Nat Geo TOPO! Map (USGS): Moffitsville
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