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Panther Mountain

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.

On The Map
Route 3
Tupper Lake, 12986
(518) 359-3328

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