Mount Severance

Schroon Lake, NY
Length: 2.40 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 7    Average: 4/5]

This is a 1.2 mike out and back trail (so 2.4 miles total) up Mount Severance in the Adirondack Mtns. The trail is very well marked and well traveled. Over the 1.2 mile ascent, you will gain 800′ of altitude. It is a gradual climb with some steeper parts along the way. There are also some large rocks at parts on the trail. The views from the top of the mountain are gorgeous, overlooking Schroon Lake from the main look out and Paradox Lake from the 2nd overlook (follow another trail about 150 ft from the first look out to get to the 2nd.)

Adult legs can hike this trail quickly, but budget at least 3 hours if you’re hiking it with kids.

If you’re hiking this trail during the early or mid spring, prepare for MUD and lots of it. Depending on the snow melt or heavy rains, the trail might not be ideal for hiking with kids. The trail is much more manageable during summer or fall.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall and Summer
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 800 ft.
Stroller friendly No
Stroller terrain No Wheels
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Camping Nearby, Shaded Hike, and Viewpoint

View of Schroon Lake and Paradox Lake from summit.
Nearby campgrounds: Scaroon Manor, Eagle Point, Paradox Lake, Frontier Town Campsites.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

There is a small dirt lot at the trail head on the southbound side of Rt. 9. From the parking lot, walk through the tunnel going under the Northway. The trail will start on the other side of the tunnel.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 7    Average: 4/5]

I have been a member of Hike It Baby since February 2017 and became an ambassador in September 2018.  I have two kids (toddler and baby) and have enjoyed being outside with them so much in their young lives.


Trail Map

Getting There

(Heading north) From the Northway (Interstate 87), take exit 28. Turn right onto Rt. 74. Make the next right onto Rt. 9 South and drive 0.6 miles. Trail head parking lot will be on the right just past Alder Meadow Road. If you reach Dun Roamin Cabins, you’ve gone too far.