Perhaps no better "bang for your buck" mountain in the Tri-Lakes area! Panther Mountain is a short, but steep, hike leading to fabulous views of distant mountains and Panther Pond below.
How to get there
From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 86 in Saranac Lake, take state Route 3 toward Tupper Lake for 13.1 miles. There is a small parking area on the left, and the trail starts about 100 yards further on the opposite side of the road.
By the numbers
- Distance: 0.6 miles, one way
- Elevation gain: 780 feet
- Mountain elevation: 2,236 feet
Crossing the road from the parking lot, the trail starts climbing right away with tall pines towering over you. The trail then swings west to reduce the grade a bit and then back to the east to gain a small ridge that brings you to the partially open summit. From the summit area the Seward Range can be seen to the south, and Panther Pond below.
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