The Experience

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. 


Scarface Mountain

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.

Ray Brook Brewhouse, Ray Brook NY, Adirondacks

Ray Brook Brewhouse

Hours: 11:00AM to 10:00PM Seven days a week!

Address: 5750 S Lima Rd, Avon, NY 14414

Phone: 518-354-8044

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Rising Storm Brewing Company™ is dedicated to producing and delivering unique, innovative, fresh, and high quality beers to ensure complete customer satisfaction, while promoting a sense of community and partnership. 

Our story really began back in 2011. As craft beer began making a strong comeback from its heyday in the '90s, our journey started. Like many other pro brewers, we started as home brewers. 

In January of 201I, Bill brewed his first batch of beer — an extract clone of Bear Republic’s Racer 5 IPA. Instantly, he was hooked and ramped up his brewing quickly. Not long after, Bill convinced his longtime friend Jeff (another beer lover) to give home brewing a shot. Like Bill, Jeff dove in head first! What began as extract brewing quickly evolved into learning the techniques of all-grain brewing. We upgraded equipment, tried out a bunch of different recipes, and soon were producing ridiculous amounts of tasty brew. From our roots as hop head IPA lovers, we expanded into stouts, porters, wheats, saisons, and the list goes on.

In 2014 the conversation about taking our passion to the next level began — “You know Bill, these beers taste damn good...we should start our own brewery! You brew. I brew. We can totally do this!” is the paraphrased (and simplified) version of Jeff’s drunken speech to Bill every time we got together for another “tasting.” 

In July 2016, we saw a Facebook post for the Brew IN Livingston business plan competition. Livingston County's Economic Development office organized this unprecedented competition to create a beer trail in an area that at the time had no breweries. This was it! Our chance at fulfilling our dream!

Both being SUNY Geneseo Alumni, we knew Livingston County was the perfect location. We had seen other local breweries do extremely well in smaller towns because the community embraced them. That, paired with grant money and support from the county, made this an amazing opportunity.

We were fortunate enough to make it to the semifinal round of the competition. From there we spent weeks developing our pitch video, which pushed us forward to the next round along with 14 other finalists. After a five week business boot camp sponsored by Brew IN Livingston, we submitted our business plan for review. Two weeks later we participated in the competition's public pitch night, which gave us a chance to connect directly with the community that we wanted to be part of. It was a sold out event that was a huge success for everyone!

Then came two long weeks of waiting...and waiting...and waiting. It was only two weeks, but it seemed like forever! 

Finally we got THE call...We were selected as one of the lucky winners!!

So here we are — making our dream a reality, ready to put Livingston County on the craft brewery map! We love what we do and can't wait to share our passion for craft beer with you. Cheers!

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