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Ampersand Mountain

Ampersand is one of the most popular hikes in the Region and is designated as one of the Saranac Lake 6er's. From the trailhead you will descend slightly to a brook crossing before you start an easy hike over a heavy traveled trail to a second brook crossing. Soon the trail will begin a slow ascent and get steeper as it comes to the location of the old fire observer's cabin on the right - rubble is all that remains.

Past the old site the climb gets much steeper and then very steep as the rock staircase is introduced, and the footing becomes a bit slippery. This stone staircase was built to alleviate the high amount of erosion that was created from water run-off and heavy foot traffic. As you ascend higher you will come to open rock slab where the footing is a bit tricky and then a split in the trail. A right will lead over more open rock and left is mellower path through the trees, both reconnect in a short distance.

Past this point the trail levels out and goes through a flat area before swinging through a section of jumbled boulders the size of small houses and climbs the last bit to the summit over open rock. Outstanding views are had from the rock summit and the top should be visited for a while and many pictures taken.


Brittany Marie Gant

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Was a good challenge. Very cold at top with no view due to weather. ..would recommend a really clear sunny day.

Adventures with Dak

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
What a beautiful hike! Not too challenging at all! Roughly 2 miles one way. The first mile is relatively flat and very easy, the second mile gets steeper with more rocky terrain and two rock scrambles. Very well maintained trails! Gorgeous views from the peak! It hailed and rainedon me at the peak but I managed to snap some decent shots!

Janelle Young

Friday, June 29, 2018
Great hike and amazing views!


Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
Awesome hike. 2-5 hours depending on you. Not much of a view in bad weather as to be expected.

David Baginski

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017
A great day hike with some challenging terrain. Plan on 4 to 5 hours to complete the journey.

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