Catamount Mountain

Wilmington, New York

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It may be a minor peak but it offers major views of nearby Whiteface Mountain, and the climb is one of the longest, most fun scrambles over open rock in the Adirondack Park. There are five Catamount Mountains, plus one Catamount Peak and several more Catamount Hills and Knolls in New York State. This one is the highest. It’s also arguably one of the most fun hikes in the Adirondacks. Often overlooked due to its short mileage and the fact that it’s under 4,000 feet in elevation, Catamount is a favorite among regular hikers in the High Peaks region for its extensive open rock and ledgy scrambles.

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"It may be a minor peak but it offers major views of nearby
Whiteface Mountain, and the climb is one of the longest, most
fun scrambles over open rock in the Adirondack Park. There are five Catamount Mountains, plus one Catamount Peak and several more Catamount Hills and Knolls in New York State. This one is the highest.

It’s also arguably one of the most fun hikes in the Adirondacks. Often overlooked due to its short mileage and the fact that it’s under 4,000 feet in elevation, Catamount is a favorite among regular hikers in the High Peaks region for its extensive open rock and ledgy scrambles."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wilmington
Distance: 3.6
Elevation Gain: 2,363 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4.5 hours
Local Contacts: Nat Geo Trails Illustrated Map: Saranac, Paul Smiths: Adirondack Park
Local Maps: Nat Geo TOPO! Map (USGS): Franklin Falls
Driving Directions: Directions to Catamount Mountain

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