Boot Bay Mountain

This destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is highly recommended. When traveling off-trail you will experience hazards not realized on a trail, expect more difficult and varying conditions and always lean toward safety as a priority. 

Boot Bay Mountain holds an interesting historical fact in that this used to be Bob Marshall’s stomping ground. Bob Marshall was local whose family owned a camp in the region and was awarded being the third person to climb the 46 High Peaks behind his brother George and guide Herb Clark. The good news is you will have a long section of herd path to follow before the bushwhack really starts. First locate the path that leads to Lower Saranac Lake off Forest Home Road once you do this you will be on the right path. 

You will start immediately through open forest over several very small rolling hills and at 1.2 miles the trail starts a slow descent. From this point it is mostly downhill; only a couple short climbs are all that are in your way of reaching Lower Saranac Lake and the site of an old cabin. 

Now follow the shore of the lake to the south until you reach Boot Bay and from here start walking through the open forest. Soon the terrain becomes much steeper and eventually very brushy. A few obstructed views will come from the steep slopes. The summit is quite wooded but if you poke around there are some decent peekaboo views out over the lake, on a clear day you can see quite far. 

Directions to Trailhead: From the intersection of Routes 3 and 86 in Saranac Lake follow Route 3 toward Tupper Lake. Continue for 0.8 miles to Edgewood Road on the right. Follow Edgewood Road for 0.4 miles to Forest Home Road on the left. Follow Forest Home Road for roughly 3.2 miles to a small rest area/pull-off on the left. At the back of the pull-off is a faint herd path.

Elevation: 2485’

Distance: Approximately 5.6 miles, one way

Family with Young Kids: Not recommended
Experienced Hiker: 3 to 4 hours, one way
Inexperienced Hiker: Not Recommended

On The Map

E-Newsletter Signup Form

Forest Home Rd
Saranac Lake, 12983
(518) 891-1990

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 19th, 2018
To event remaining 2 days
Barika Waterhole Upstairs Music Lounge  48 Main St. Saranac Lake, NY  $10.00 21+  1/19/2018 8pm Doors 9pm Show www.saranaclakewaterhole.com "Led by their grooves, Barika is...
Saturday, January 20th, 2018
To event remaining 2 days
Calling all kids - join us for some winter fun at Mt. Pisgah! Every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. kids race down the mountain, and at the finish are awarded a candy bar.  Guaranteed ...
Saturday, January 20th, 2018
To event remaining 2 days
The Pink House Gallery is closing after a great run! Saturday, January 20 from 10am to 5pm Everything will be on sale:     eco print scarves, journals, prints, and cards  ...
Sunday, January 21st, 2018
To event remaining 3 days
Self-Serve Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar The Mimosa Bar features fresh fruit juices, fruit purees, and freshly cut fruit. The Bloody Mary Bar offerings include many Bloody mixes, different varieties...

Recent Blog Posts...

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
Lets do this! With less than a week until Christmas, its time to check those final things off your gift list. In Saranac Lake, shopping downtown offers a low-pressure experience and so many...
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
New Year's Eve is a special, even unique, holiday. It is the only one which celebrates both the old, and the new. It is a time to look backward and forward. To take the stress off of such...
Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
The Adirondacks are a geological treasure chest. They are an extension of the Canadian Shield, one of the world's largest continental shields. These mountains, rivers, and lakes...
Thursday, November 30th, 2017
Goodbye warm-weather gear! Sadly, on November 1, I hung the kayak and canoe in the garage, but I was still holding out for another bike outing which was scheduled for November 7....
Fly to Saranac Lake via Cape Air The Adirondack Regional Airport, your "Gateway to the Adirondacks," provides quick and convenient access to and from Logan International in Boston, MA. Daily flights are provided...
Woods and Water Defined by nature, recreation, heritage, learning, creativity, and cuisine, we invite you to explore our historic routes and waterway connections.
Sign up for our weekly newsletter.
Interested In
Sign Me Up!