Lower Wolfjaw Mountain is the 30th-highest of New York's High Peaks, with an elevation of 4,175 ft. Part of the Great Range, Lower Wolfjaw can be hiked on its own, or as part of a larger loop.
Lower Wolfjaw and Upper Wolfjaw were named in the late 1800s by painter Alexander Wyant. As he painted the peaks he noticed the deep col between the peaks were reminiscent of a pair of Wolf Jaws.
The two Wolfjaw peaks are typically hiked together starting from the St. Huberts Trailhead at the Ausable Club in Keene. There is a parking area on Ausable Road and the trail begins at the gatehouse on the Ausable Club property. You will have to walk past a tennis court to get to the trailhead. There is a sign for the W.A. White Trail that leads up the Wolf Jaws. Just before the summit, the trail gets very steep, so be careful! The summit is mostly tree covered, but there are a few lookouts where you can see views of other peaks.
Even though the summit isn't the most gorgeous in the world, this is a fun trip because the hike up the mountain is very enjoyable. It's sort of like a road trip...getting there is the best part! This hike is 8.7 miles and will take around 8 hours to complete. Our experts rate Lower Wolfjaw a 4 out of 7 in terms of difficulty.
Note: From May 1 to October 31, a free parking reservation is required for single-day and overnight access to the parking lot, trailheads, and trails located on the privately owned Adirondack Mountain Reserve. Visit the official website to book your reservation: https://www.hikeamr.org/