Say Hello to my little friend, Scarface Mountain. In actuality, Scarface is a formidable trek both in mileage and elevation. For your efforts, you’ll be rewarded with a stroll through a beautiful pine grove, cross railroad tracks, sit on a bench dedicated to the memory of Scott McKay, an Australian soldier who died on this mountain in 2014, and amble across a rustic bridge.
Named for the rocky, treeless area, Scarface’s best views are found by following the herd paths near the summit for picturesque landscapes of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and the High Peaks (Bonus points if you can name them).
When your knees ache and all seems lost, daydream about the Smash-A-Rondack burger and Brew-tine, washed down with a chilled Pond Foam Session IPA from the Adirondack’s newest brewery, Ray Brook Brewhouse.
Distance: 7.4 Roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1,584 ft
Route Type: Out and Back
Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 86 in Saranac Lake follow Route 86 toward Lake Placid. Continue into Ray Brook and take a right onto Ray Brook Road and follow for 0.1 miles to the trailhead on the left.
Start by signing in at the trailhead and then head south to soon cross a railroad track. After about a half-mile, you'll traverse a wooden footbridge over Ray Brook. The trail is so thickly cushioned with pine needles that you'll wonder if anyone else has been on the trail for some time. The first 1.6 miles are through a thick, moss-covered woods.
At 1.6 miles, the trail takes a sharp, well-marked left. Continue on the trail a short ways before connecting with a small creek. The trail begins to take on grade here.
At the 2.0 mile mark, cross the brook and begin up a steeper grade. It's a continuous uphill from this point on. At 2.75 miles, the trail gets even steeper with some occasional small rock scrambling and plenty of mud.
By 3.0 miles you're rewarded with a view of the mountains around you. There is a small clearing on a rock face that provides a nice view and a good place to take a break. Many think this is the summit, but you're not quite there. If you came for a view, you might as well head back now. If you want to claim that you climbed the mountain, you must continue.
For the final 0.6 miles, hikers follow the ridge at the top of the mountain, where you can see the sky between the trees when you look both left and right. A very gentle rolling trail will eventually lead you to a rock in the middle of the woods. You'll see a round marker that says "Scarface Mtn" on it. You have reached the summit! Sadly however, there's no view to top it all off.
On your return to the car, the mud and rocks from before conspire to make your last memory a painful one, but if you take your time, it is very manageable.
Hours: 11:00AM to 10:00PM Seven days a week!
Address: 1153 NY-86, Ray Brook, NY 12977
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