Friday, May 18, 2018

Featured Trail: Coon Mountain, Westport

coon mountain trailThe Adirondack Land Trust’s Coon Mountain Preserve  offers an easy mile long hike to a summit. One short section gets steep as it passes through a rocky area, where footing is a bit more difficult, but it is an easy climb to big views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains.

Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 9N and Route 22 in Westport, take Route 22 north. Follow this for 0.4 mile and turn right on Lakeshore Road, then continue for 2.5 miles and turn left on Halds Road. The trailhead is on the right in just under a mile.

The 318-acre Coon Mountain Preserve is famous for its craggy interior, with rocky outcrops and dark hemlock forests. Steep cliffs and talus slopes (accumulations of rock debris at the base of a cliff or steep mountain slope) reveal vistas of oak-pine forests, small fens and hardwood swamps. Coon Mountain Preserve has an abundance of wildlife to watch including migratory songbirds, broad-winged hawks, and porcupine.

Champlain Area Trails contributed to this description. Featured Trails are recommended by DEC. Map of Coon Mountain Trail courtesy Adirondack Atlas.

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One Response

  1. Henrietta Jordan says:

    This is a great hike in a beautiful place. But to clarify: Coon Mountain is owned and maintained by the Adirondack Land Trust, not the Nature Conservancy. Check out our hometown land trust and the history of the Coon Mt acquisition at http://adirondacklandtrust.org/Explore/Coon-Mountain.

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