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Hiking Guide: Short Hikes Nearby

View our favorite short(er) hikes within a 15 minute drive from the Dartbrook Lodge. These hikes typically take between 2 - 6 hours round trip depending on the trail.

Spring Hike Up Rooster Comb Mountain

From longest to shortest...

Jay Mountain Trail

Elevation: 3,600 Feet

Total Distance: 6.9 Miles (Out & Back)

Jay Mountain Trail is one of the best short(er) trails for views. Known as the "highway in the sky" for good reason! Much of the trail is along an open ridge with 360 degree views of the Adirondacks. Prepare for a lot of wind on this trail and note that there is a western and eastern summit. The trail offers a steady climb and is dog-friendly.

Views from Jay Mountain Trail

Hurricane Mountain Trail (From 9N - Southern Approach)

Elevation: 3,678

Total Distance: 6.6 Miles (Out & Back)

Hurricane Mountain Trail (Southern Approach) is a newer out & back trail with a variety of landscapes and several viewpoints. It starts off with a steady climb before leveling off for a bridge-walk through scenic wetlands. The climb begins again and continues steadily until reaching multiple viewpoints and a bald summit with views of the High Peaks and Lake Champlain. It also features a old fire tower and is a part of the Fire Tower Challenge.

Rooster comb Trail

Elevation: 2,762

Total Distance: 5.2 Miles (Out & Back)

Rooster Comb Trail is a gradual out and back trail with stunning views of the High Peaks and Keene valley. There are several other routes from the parking area, so it's possible to add some mileage to your hike if you decide you want more!

Pitchoff Mountain (Balanced Rocks Trail)

Elevation: 2,990

Total Distance: 3.2 Miles (Out & Back)

Location: Directions from Dartbrook Lodge (This will take you to the Cascade Parking Area. Pitchoff is located on the opposite side of the road)

The trail to Balanced Rocks is a portion of the Pitchoff Mountain Trail. The trailhead begins on the opposite side of the street from the very popular (and often crowded) parking area for Cascade & Porter Mountain Trails. It's a very popular trail, so I don't recommend it during holiday weekends. The trail is short and steep, with several scrambles with heavily eroded sections. You'll get to a trail junction. Take a right and you will soon come out to an open rock face where you will find gorgeous views from Balanced Rocks!

Baxter Mountain Trail

Elevation: 2,440

Total Distance: 2.2 Miles (Out & Back)

Baxter Mountain trail is a great family-friendly trail with excellent views of the Great Range and Giant Mountain. Once you are done hiking, grab a delicious burger at the Baxter Mountain Tavern across the street!



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