Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 44.21666°N / 73.76512°W
Additional Information County: Essex
Activities Activities: Hiking
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 2440 ft / 744 m
Sign the Climber's Log


Baxter Mountain is one of the "little gems" of the Adirondack High Peaks area. Why would you want to climb a paltry 2440-foot peak when so many taller mountains beckon? For the effort this mountain has some of the finest views in the Adirondacks. The summit is mostly open ledges which provide great views in most directions. The mountain provides a unique perspective of looking straight up the John's Brook Valley to Mount Marcy, the highest peak in New York.

The primary image shows Baxter Mountain as the lower ridge to the right of the prominent roadway (Rt. 9N), taken from the summit of nearby Owl's Head.

John s Brook Valley and Mt. Marcy From Baxter Mtn.John's Brook Valley and Mt. Marcy from Summit

Dix Mtn. From Baxter Mtn.Dix from Summit

Keene Valley From Baxter Mtn.Keene Valley from Summit

Baxter Mtn. Summit FoliageBaxter Summit Fall Foliage

Green Mtns. From Baxter Mtn.Green Mountains from Summit

Getting There

These directions are to the Spruce Hill trailhead, which is easiest access to the mountain. From Rt. 73 either 2 miles south of Keene or 3 miles north of Keene Valley turn East on Rt. 9N. Drive 2.0 miles. The trailhead is near the top of the hill on the right, across from Hurricane Road, and is well marked. There is parking available at the trailhead.

Routes also exist from the Keene Valley side.

Baxter Trailhead SignTrailhead

Red Tape

Trails pass through private land. Please respect landowner rights by not camping, littering, or lighting fires.


The trail from Rt. 9N starts very gradually and is only 1.1 miles and 770 feet of climb to the summit. The first 0.7 miles employ something found only very occasionally in the Adirondacks...switchbacks! At 0.7 miles you will reach a trail junction with the routes coming in from the Keene Valley side.

Baxter Trail SignTrail Junction

The last 0.4 miles of trail ascends moderately to the summit ledge system and great views. This hike should only take 20-30 minutes in one direction.