Baker Mountain

(Not one of the 46 high peaks)


Baker is a great little family-friendly hike in the village of Saranac Lake. It’s short, but sweet, and offers nice views out over Lake Flower and the village of Saranac Lake. The trail is 0.9 miles to the 2,452 ft. high summit, with a 900-foot gain in elevation. While not high enough to be an Adirondack 46er, it is part of the Saranac Lake 6er challenge.

Topographic map courtesy of Topzone.


October, 2014


The kids are ready to hike!

The boys posing one last time before we get back to the cars.

The End.

Okay, maybe they’re ready to strike a pose, more than hike...

Starting to get steeper now. Layers are starting to come off some of us.

The trail is steep in some areas, to be sure. There are some roots and buried rocks to contend with, but it’s a pretty good quality trail.

Here the parents negotiate the trickier boulder section with the kids.

The obligatory boot shot. It was a pleasant and unexpected surprise to find an official DEC summit marker on top!

Dad and his boys eat a snack near the summit.

The summit has some bare patches of exposed rock, but there are plenty of long-needle evergreens. There are certainly open views in several directions, so we explored around the top for a while.

The view of the distant high peaks region. Mt. Marcy is the tallest one in the center.

Armstrong, Gothics and Saddleback.

Gothics, Saddleback, Basin in the distance, with Scarface in the foreground.

Mt. Marcy; looks like she got some snow overnight...

Jen and Nate, with McKenzie Pond below.

McKenzie Pond below.

The entire group of us, from L to R: Lexi, Andy, Karen, Collin, Laurie, Matt, Justin, Myself, Alex, Jen, Nate and Josh out in front.

The kids love to pose.

The official summit marker.

Looks like rain is coming out over Ampersand Mountain.

The view down to the village of Lake Placid and Lake Flower, (middle). The pond in the foreground is Moody Pond.

Our family picture.

That first step’s a doozy. Watch the little kids around the drops!

The kids on the way down the mountain.

Alex balancing on a boulder.

A natural shelter or lean-to!