This hike offers an incredible view from the 1917 restored fire tower. As always, this mountain is the place to go for views that reach as far as Montreal to the north, the Green Mountains of Vermont to the east, and the High Peaks of the Adirondacks to the south.
The 3,830-foot summit, and the additional 35 feet of the fire tower, are now rated as a moderate hike with the new 3.5 mile trail (one way.) This route has 11 switchbacks through the steepest sections, and two new bridges. It is now an even more scenic walk, with mossy boulders, forest changes from birches to pines, and a delightful "other-wordly" feel throughout.
Lyon Mountain once had a "company town" of Popeville to house their miners who brought out the best iron ore in the world for over a century. The cables that hold up the Brooklyn, George Washington, and Golden Gate bridges have Lyon Mountain iron at their cores. In the late 1880s, Lyon Mountain was the second-largest community in the Adirondacks.
From Malone, take County Route 24 east to Merrill Rd south in Bellmont, and continue south to 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 Road in the town of Lyon Mountain, marked with a seasonal route warning. About a mile down is a parking area.
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.
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.
An excellent hike in the northeast Adirondacks, Lyon Mountain should not be skipped by birders either. Birders should follow the new trail to the summit (this trail follows switchbacks while the old trail goes straight up the mountain) and they can find a wide array of warblers, vireos, flycatchers and other songbirds as they hike.
The summit area is of the greatest interest, however, as it harbors species like Boreal Chickadee, Blackpoll Warbler, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Swainson’s Thrush, and most importantly, Bicknell’s Thrush. An early start helps increase the odds of finding the sought after Bicknell’s.