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View from the top of Jay Mountain
 
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Jay Mountain Wilderness

ACTIVITY: Hiking

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 7 miles round trip

Perks: A chance to walk along a ridgeline with great views all the way to Lake Champlain and Vermont. In the fall, the viewpoints look down on many deciduous trees turning fall colors.

Obstacles: The path may have been eroded some with the recent rains. The trail, like any mountain, is challenging with a lot of uphill.

Quote: “Since it\'s a short trip, there\'s no reason to rush and plenty to take your time. Once we reached the first peak in a series of rocky ridges, we could see that much of the trail went along bare, jagged rock. There were views a plenty, and fun cracks for the more daring hikers to scramble up while those less fleet-footed could take the easy way around. To the south, the High Peaks bore a bright plumage of oranges, yellows and reds.”

— Alan Wechsler, “Adirondack Almanack”

Directions: From Keene, drive north on state Route 9N to Styles Brook Road, make a right and go about four miles, turning left at the T. Make a left onto Jay Mountain Road until just before Upland Meadows Road on the left. The trailhead is across the street.