Baker Mountain also referred to as Mount Baker, depending on who you ask, is one of the most popular family hikes in the region.
Starting from the north end of Moody Pond you will start climbing almost immediately. The trail is a bit steep but offers great views as you ascend further. At 0.6 miles from the trailhead, an intersection offers part of an upper mountain loop. Left is a less aggressive climb and avoids the steep ledges that can be found if you head right. Both finish at the summit of Baker. The loop makes for a great hike option.
The summit of Baker offers great views over the Village of Saranac Lake, the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Area and toward the High Peaks Region. Be sure you are on the marked trail when you leave.
1.8 miles RT, any skill level, Elevation: 2457’ Ascent: 890’
Trailhead Location: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward Saranac Lake. Continue for 6.5 miles through Ray Brook. Look for McKenzie Pond Road on the right. Follow McKenzie Pond Road for 3 miles to a junction at the railroad crossing. Bear right before crossing the tracks onto Pine Street for another 0.2 miles to Forest Hill Avenue on the right. Follow Forest Hill Avenue (aka, Moody Pond Road) for a bit over 0.5 miles to the Baker Mountain Trailhead on the left.
Hiker Recommendation: All hiker levels, great for kids, 2-3 hours depending on route