Saint Regis is a rightfully popular mountain, with a gradually increasing difficulty that puts its mostly bald summit within reach of most hikers. The fantastic views from the peak's open ledges make this hike a winter favorite! Be sure to wear snowshoes in the winter, and traction devices like microspikes might be necessary for the steeper sections just before the summit.
Follow the access road at the back of the parking area to reach the trailhead sign on that's a short distance on the right.
The trail starts as a gentle woods walk with a steadily increasing elevation. There are areas of giant glacial errata, and as the climb increases some ridges begin to appear. The last part has stone staircases, and at the end there's some rock scrambling, but it's all relatively easy.
The fire tower has recently been renovated, but the view is great on the summit, too.
Distance Round Trip:
6.8 miles. Most fast hikers can complete this hike in a few hours, but it can take half a day for others to do the round trip.
Turn right on Route 86 at the T-intersection in Saranac Lake, toward Paul Smiths. At Paul Smith's College, turn right on Route 30 then take the first left on Keese Mill Road. Follow Keese Mill Road for just under 3 miles to the trailhead parking on the left.