We are still pursuing our 46er dream, but in the meantime, we did complete the Saranac Lake 6ers, so now was the time to complete the last entrant of the hiking challenges: the Tupper Lake Triad.
In 2015, a new hiking challenge, called the Tupper Lake Triad, was launched in the Tupper Lake Region of the Adirondacks. The three family-friendly mountains boast outstanding views of the surrounding mountains and lakes from their summits, reached via well-maintained and well-marked state Department of Environmental Conservation trails.
The three summits, Coney Mountain, Goodman Mountain and Mount Arab, are arrayed off of Route 30 not far from the Village of Tupper Lake. According to hike organizers, each mountain offered outstanding views of surrounding Adirondack peaks and Tupper waterways.
On Saturday, we decided to spend the day hiking those three, all at once.
Coney Mountain was our first target, and is a 2.2-mile hike round trip, with a 548-foot ascent to the summit at 2,280 feet. The trail for the majority was rocky and still quite new, so footing was a bit rough in areas. The trail goes around the steep western slopes of the mountain, and as it steepens a bit, it continues to contour its way around to the northern slopes of Coney Mountain. The final approach is over slab rock, but no scrambling is necessary. The views start to open up with Goodman Mountain to the north and Mount Morris to the northeast. The waters of Tupper Lake can be seen to the north as well and the wooded hills of the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest to the west. As far as views go, this is one of the best in the area, with the best bang for the buck.
Next was Goodman Mountain, named after the famous civil rights activist. Goodman Mountain is about 3.2 miles round-trip, ascending 581 feet to an elevation of 2,178 feet. And the first quarter-mile is wheelchair accessible. As with Coney, the trails goes around the northern slopes of the mountain and ends up on a rocky slab, this one facing Coney Mountain on the South.
Finally, we drove to our last destination, Mount Arab, in Piercefield. It has a restored fire tower and fire observer’s cabin with a small museum inside. The round-trip hike is about 2.2 miles, ascending 764 feet to an elevation of 2,545 feet. The well-marked path is moderately steep for the bulk of the hike but there are short, steep sections. The trail follows the northern ridge of the mountain and keeps the steeper slopes off to the hiker’s right. From there the trail moderates nicely before topping out on the open summit. We climbed the fire tower for some outstanding views you can’t get from the summit itself.
After successfully hiking all three peaks (for a total of about 8 miles), we registered on the official Triad Roster to receive our patch, and bragging rights, of course.