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McKenzie Mountain

 

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McKenzie Mountain isn't one of the 46ers, but it does offer a challenging hiking destination in the Lake Placid area. It is either a 5.3 mile or a 3.6 miles one way depending on the route you take to the summit of this 3861 foot mountain. The long route is from the trailhead on NY 86 and the shorter route is from the trailhead at Whiteface Inn via the Jackrabbit Trail. This is one of the Saranac 6ers.

McKenzie Mountain via NY 86 Trailhead

From the large parking area on NY 86, the trail crosses a small stream at 0.5 miles. At 1.5 miles you reach an open area and at 1.8 miles you veer right as the old trail comes in on the left. The trail now climbs as it follows Little Ray Brook on your left. At 2.4 miles you reach the junction of the red marked McKenzie Mountain Trail. Here you turn right and now follow the red marked trail. At 3.6 miles reach the junction of the Jackrabbit Trail. Continue straight on the red marked McKenzie Mountain Trail.

After a moderate climb at first, the trail climbs very steeply, gaining 1000 feet in elevation in over 0.5 mile. At 4.3 miles the trail reaches a side trail on your right that leads to a view to the south. The trail now climbs and descends before reaching another view at 4.7 miles, just to the left of the trail. There is one last steep descent before you will start climbing steeply toward the main summit. There is a ledge at 5.0 miles with a spectacular view of the northwestern Adirondacks and to the east as well. You reach the summit at 5.3 miles. There is a view just past the summit. There is a 2220 foot elevation gain for this 5.3 mile one way hike.

McKenzie Mountain via Jackrabbit Trail

From the Whiteface Inn trailhead, follow the yellow marked Jackrabbit Trail 1.9 miles to the junction of the red marked McKenzie Mountain Trail. Turn right and it is another 1.7 miles to the summit. The best views are 0.3 miles from the summit or 3.3 miles from the start of this hike. There is an elevation gain of 1940 feet for this 3.6 mile one way hike, with about 1000 feet of gain coming in just over 0.5 miles during an extremely steep section. You can find this great hike as well as many other hikes in the High Peaks Trails Guide with Map as well as maps from Lake Placid, High Peaks: Adirondack Park (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map) and Trails of the Adirondack High Peaks. We have a few pics, video and a map below.

Directions: From Lake Placid take NY 86 WEST.  There is a large parking area on the right before you get to Ray Brook. There is a DEC sign at the parking area. The GPS coordinates is N44 17.549 W74 03.062. The GPS coordinates for the Whiteface Inn trailhead is N44 18.742 W74 00.446.

DEC Trail sign at NY 86 trailhead

DEC sign at start of Jackrabbit Trail at Whiteface Inn trailhead

 

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