Rocky Mountain

Rocky Mountain - Pure Adirondacks

A shorter and easier (though no less steep) hike than its neighbor, Black Bear Mountain, Rocky Mountain is a great hike for families and hikers with dogs. Even though it’s a quick hike, you still get a good view from the top of Fourth Lake, as well as nearby Inlet and Eagle Bay. You might even be able to point your lodging out to the kids!

Trail Stats

Distance: 1-mile round-trip

Elevation: 2,225 ft

Ascent: 448 ft

Rocky Mountain is a quick hike, but that doesn’t necessarily make it easy! It climbs up at a decently steep incline for a half-mile to the summit. The trail is well marked and frequently climbed – it can get busy in the summertime, so we recommend an early start. When you reach the summit, you’ll have an impressive view of Inlet and Fourth Lake from the mountain’s (unsurprisingly) rocky summit. This is a great hike if you’re looking to introduce your kids to their first mountain climb, or just a quick morning jaunt!


Headed from Inlet to Eagle Bay, drive on route 28 for 0.8 miles until you see the trailhead for Black Bear Mountain and Rocky Mountain on your right.

Keep it PURE

Remember to Leave No Trace! Buy a physical map, read it, plan, and prepare. Think about the NYS Rangers and medical personnel that exhaust themselves for a rescue that could have been avoided. Pack out your trash. Use a bear canister when primitive camping and cook away from where you’re sleeping. Do the rock walk to help reduce the impact on fragile alpine vegetation. Camp at designated campsites and never camp on or near summits.

Trail Conditions

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