A Great View of the High Peaks
Elevation: 3385 ft
Ascent: 1650 ft
Round-Trip Distance: 5.4 miles
Location: Moose Pond Club Road off Route 28N north of North Creek
Region: Central Adirondacks
The turnoff from NY 28N comes just after (or before) you cross the Boreas River and is marked by a DEC sign. The 2.6 mile road into the trailhead is not the best and it does get narrower beyond where it crosses Vanderwhacker Brook at 1.5 miles (where there are plenty of places to park and turn around).
The lower part of the trail to Vanderwhacker is broad and ascends fairly slowly up to the abandoned fire observer’s cabin. Unlike many such cabins which are situated near the summit, this one is a good stiff climb from the summit and marks the end of the gentle trail. The total ascent from the trailhead is 1650 feet and around 1200 feet of that is done in the 1.3 miles of upgraded trail after you reach the cabin. The tower is in good shape and offers a 360 degree view. Many of the major High Peaks are visible from both the tower and the opening on the summit.
This mountain can be found partly on the ADK/National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map for the Northville Raquette region (map No. 744) and partly on ADK/National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map for Lake Placid – High Peaks region (map 742).
Have a great hike!