Challenging climb, fantastic view, ski through history -- it's all there at Lyon Mountain. A new trail with plenty of switchbacks has been in use for several years now, increasing the popularity of this great trail and making it more accessible in winter.
This is the tallest mountain in the area, with 3,830 feet which rewards with stunning views of Chazy Lake, and then beyond it, Lake Champlain and the Adirondack High Peaks. On a clear cold day, there's even the Montreal skyline. Then slide down for a fantastic finish.
Trailhead: From Malone, head east on County Route 24, reaching Merrill Rd south in Bellmont. Continue south to State Route 374 East for 14 miles. On Chazy Lake Road in Dannemora, continue south for 1.8 miles to a gravel road on the right. This is Lowenburg Rd in the town of Lyon Mountain, marked with a seasonal route warning. About a mile down is a parking area. Look for the wooden sign that reads “Lyon Mountain."
Start on the hiking trail, and look for the sign that branches off for the cross country trail.