Peaked Mountain, with an elevation of 2,919 feet, is a modest sized mountain located north-west of Thirteenth Lake in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness. Just before the creek (0.85 miles), the trail turns away from the lake and follows up the stream valley on a generally gentle grade. This part of the hike is a very nice walk in the woods.
Soon the trail reaches the shore of Peaked Mountain Pond. The trail ascends about 600 feet in the first 2.6 miles to the pond. There is a trail around the east side of the pond to the start of the real climbing. Once you start the final ascent, you’ll climb steeply with a gain of 670 feet in just 0.4 mile. The summit views are spectacular. By walking all around the summit, on a clear day you can see the High Peaks to the north.
Trailhead: The trailhead is at the parking lot for public access to Thirteenth Lake. The lot is reached by taking Thirteenth Lake road off of NY 28, north of North Creek.
Stats: 3.5 miles roundtrip, ascent of 1,270 feet, moderate hike in the winter. Snowshoes and crampons recommended.
Map: A map of Peaked Mountain Trail is available on the Adirondack Atlas here.
Featured trails are recommended by DEC.
Photo: View from Peaked Mountain, provided by DEC.