Baker Mountain

Accessible, short, and fairly easy as mountains go, Mount Baker is one of the most popular winter hikes in the region, and it's a great choice for those just getting into snowshoeing. Baker is also a Saranac Lake 6er; it's recommended those vying for 6er status tackle it first. 

From the north end of Moody Pond, enter the woods at the trailhead sign, sign in at the trail register, and continue slightly uphill through the power line cut. Shortly after that there is a Y intersection — bear right to stay on the marked path. From here the trail starts climbing and never really lets up. At 0.4 mile, after a series of sweeping bends in the path, there is a short, level stretch. The summit is straight ahead and can be seen through the canopy.

After the level stretch, the path dips slightly before climbing steeply, sometimes over short ledges and bare rock, before reaching the summit in 0.9 mile. Be sure to stay on the marked path, as there are several side routes here that don't necessarily lead to the summit. Speaking of the summit, bear right just before you reach it to get to the overlook, where there are expansive views that include the village of Saranac Lake to the right, the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Area to the left, and the High Peaks straight ahead in the distance.

Trailhead: From downtown Saranac Lake, head north on Broadway (Route 86) and turn right on Bloomingdale Ave. (Route 3), then turn right on Pine Street after about a half mile. Cross the railroad tracks and turn left on Forest Hill Ave. and follow it as it wraps around Moody Pond. The trailhead is on the left in about a half mile. Park on the right shoulder of the road, and please be respectful of the nearby property owners.

Distance: 0.9 mile to the summit

Elevation: 2,452 feet

Ascent: 884 feet

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