The Fulton Chain Trifecta Hiking Challenge
This hiking challenge is based in the Old Forge region of the Adirondack Park and is a fun and rewarding adventure to the summits of Black Bear Mountain, Rocky Mountain, and Bald Mountain.
A Family-Friendly Challenge
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The Fulton Chain Trifecta is a family-friendly hiking challenge that can be completed at your leisure; there is no time constraint. It was created by local hikers who wanted to encourage others to explore the beautiful Adirondack mountains.
The designated peaks are all located within a 10-minute drive of each other and feature DEC maintained trails. Once you've climbed them, all you need to do is fill out the registration form and pay a small fee, and you will receive your Fulton Chain Trifecta hiking patch! A portion of proceeds will benefit the Local Emergency Service Units.
Note: If you complete the Winter Challenge (December 21 - March 20), you will be eligible to receive a special winter patch.
The 3 Mountains You'll Conquer
Black Bear Mountain
Black Bear Mountain is the longest hike in the hiking challenge, but the trail offers two options. There's a steep 1.9-mile trail and an easier 3.1-mile trail. Both trails start at a shared trailhead, and they branch off at the .7-mile mark. Take the right trail for the shorter route, or continue straight on for the longer route.
Trailhead: The trailhead is located about 10 miles outside of Old Forge, just off NY-28 between Inlet and Eagle Bay. The parking lot is shared with the Rocky Mountain trailhead.
Rocky Mountain is the shortest of the three hikes as the trail is just .5-mile one way. However, don't let that distance fool you. The trail is slightly steep, so take your time as you make your way to the summit.
Trailhead: The trailhead is located about 10 miles outside of Old Forge, just off NY-28 between Inlet and Eagle Bay. The parking lot is shared with the Black Bear Mountain trailhead.
Bald Mountain is an extremely fun and popular hike in the Western Adirondacks. The trail is just .9-mile one way, and it's easy to follow. There are multiple scenic viewpoints on the way to the summit, and once you arrive, you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the Fulton Chain of Lakes. The restored Rondaxe Fire Tower is at the top.
Trailhead: The trailhead is located approximately 6 miles outside of Old Forge, just off NY-28 on Rondaxe Road (between Old Forge and Eagle Bay). The parking area is large but tends to fill up in the summer.