Allen Mountain

Keene Valley, NY


Overview

Allen Mountain has an elevation of 4,340' and is one of New York's 46 Adirondack High Peaks. There is no official trail to Allen's summit, so most hikers follow a herd path and a series of logging roads.

The 17 mile round-trip hike takes an average of 9-11 hours to complete. 

The recommended parking area for this hike is at the Mount Adams Trailhead, just over a half mile south of Upper Works.

Hikers should note that Allen Mountain requires several water crossings, so water shoes are recommended.

Shortly past the trailhead, cross the Hudson River. Continue across Lake Jimmy, and stay to the right when the Mount Adams trail branches off to the left.

From the junction at 5.2 miles on the trail to Flowed Lands, the herd path is at first marked with orange and green or black flagging as it heads generally southeast. Follow the herd path for about a mile and you will reach the High Peaks Wilderness.

The trail then descends into the Skylight Brook basin, and shortly after the Skylight Brook crossing, the trail meets Allen Brook. The steep ascent at this point follows the brook bed, and hikers should be careful on wet, slippery areas.

Although the summit of Allen Mountain is wooded, there are a pair of great viewpoints just below it.

Allen Mountain was named by Rev. Joseph Twichell after his close friend Rev. Frederick B. Allen, who was superentendent of the Episcopal City Mission in Boston. 

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