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Mount Skylight

Adirondack Park
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Mount Skylight is the fourth highest mountain in New York State with an elevation of 4,926 ft.

Mount Skylight gets its name from the open, bare and flat summit—perfect for gazing up into the sky! With an elevation of 4,926 ft, Mount Skylight will take about 15 hours to hike the 17.9 mile trail. 

Mount Skylight is a favorite among hikers and is known for the two large cairns.  What is a cairns?  A cairns is a man-made pile of stones—there are two used to mark the summit of Mount Skylight.  If you’re superstitious, placing a rock on the cairns is supposed to ensure good weather and good luck!

A single trail goes up to the mountain’s summit from the Four Corners Junction, between Mount Skylight and Mount Marcy.  The most popular way to get to the summit is for hikers to come up from the west on the Fledspar Brook Trail and climb the peak in conjunction with a visit to the Lake- Tear- of- the Clouds.  This lake is the highest source of the Hudson River.   From there, climb Gray Peak, another 46er.  The trail can also be reached by descending from Mount Marcy to the north, or Panther Gorge and Elk Lake to the southeast.  All of these hikes are extensive and are usually done overnight.  

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