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.
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