The fifteenth highest peak in the Adirondacks Redfield stands almost exactly in the center on the Adirondack Park. By the book, this peak is 1 foot shorter than Santanoni but Redfield's peak has a hulking great rock near the summit sign, which must put it well past Santanoi by at least 3 or 4 feet. However, I do not think the mountains nor the USGS care very much about this.
Though it is totally tree covered the peak has a very dramatic summit, which it is only about 150 meters long and about 30 wide. As a slight consolation the view from the top of the summit rock is very good toward the south.
The normal route starts from Uphill Lean-to and follows Uphill Brook (not the most original name in mountaineering circles) to a large waterfall (50 feet high and a great view from the top) one of many on the route, but by far the biggest. Continue to follow the stream up for about another 0.3 of a mile to where a tributary comes in from the R. Follow this tributary and then head strait to the summit.
As it sits in the center of the Park there are many ways to approach this peak including from the N and Adirondack Loj over the MacIntye Range (Algonquin), over Marcy to four corners and then down the Feldspar trail, over Colden, through Avalanche Pass, or up and over the Lake Arnold Pass.
From the E and the Gardens at Keen one can go directly up and over the entire Great Range then over Marcy to four corners and then down the Feldspar trail, or stay in John’s Brook valley and take the Phelp's trail to Marcy and over.
From the SE one can head in through the many trails in the Adirondack Mountain Reserve to Four Corners and then down Feldspar.
From the S one can head in from Elk Lake to Four Corners.
From the SW one can start at either the Lower or Upper Works to get to the Flowered Land and then onto the trail.
Normally this is an overnight trip starting at any one of the many camping areas near it. As a day trip it is one of the longer ones from any direction and it would require a very early start and no side trips to complete in a day.
The frist part of both the Upper and Lower Works trails, The Adirondack Mountian Reserve trails and the Elk Lake trail are on private land please observe these simple rules
1) No camping, fishing or hunting
2) No off-trail travel including rock climbing or bushwhacking, or use of non public trail
3) No boating or swimming, including portable boats brought by the public
4) NO DOGS or other pets are permitted unless on a leash
As of June 30th, 2001 all parties regardless of size in the Eastern Zone (High Peaks) of the Park must fill in and possess a self-issuing "trip ticket," which may be obtained at the trailhead. People have been fined and turned around for not having one and at the more popular trailheads the Ranger on duty will not let you pass without one. This can cause some delays in getting onto the trail.
When To Climb
If you like dry feet and hate waterfalls go at the end of summer.
However if you like waterfalls and do not mind wet feet go in early summer, late spring or early (September, iced over after that) fall.
Same as for all Adirondack mountians.
1) No Camping above 4,000 feet
2) No camping withing 150 feet of a stream or other water source except at a designated campsite.
3) No soap or washing withing 150 feet of water
4) Pack it in Pack it out is the rule for garbage
5) Only dead and down wood can be used for fires and set in a proper fire pit. ( local etiquette is to use a stove and not a fire)
some good links
Adirondack Hiking Portal
What's In a Name
The peak is named for Professor William C. Redfield, meteorologist, organizer of the first expedition to Marcy and one of the party during the first recorded ascent of Marcy in 1837.
Redfield should also be noted as the first one to guess that Marcy was the highest peak in the Adirondacks. He called it the "High Point of Essex" and therefore New York during a reconnaissance up the Opalescent River some time before the first assent in 1837.
He based this on some rough calculations he made from Lake Colden and because of this the 1837 survey made for Marcy rather than Algonquin first.
Verplanck Covin suggested the name when compiling the data from his 1876 survey.
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