This quick hike in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest is a family favorite and is included on the Lake Placid 9 Hiking Challenge.

The hike up Baxter Mountain is short – just 1.1 mile to the summit – and is fairly flat. On a nice day you’re sure to see kids, dogs, people taking their time, and hikers of all ages. The views are spectacular for such minimal effort and the summit is a great place to hang out for awhile. Be sure to bring a lunch and your camera or mobile phone. You’ll definitely want to take photos.

All in all, a great hike to keep in mind for those days when a longer adventure isn’t possible.

Height: 2,428 feet
Elevation Gain: 755 feet
Distance: 2.2 miles

Directions: The trailhead is located on the right at the top of the hill, approximately 2.0 miles east of the intersection of NYS Routes 73 and 9N. There is a small parking area along near the intersection with Hurricane Road. If you see Baxter Mountain Tavern you’ve gone too far.