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    So I tried to go to Floodwood Mtn last weekend but a little under 6 miles from the trailhead (acc'd to Google Maps), there was a sign saying the road was closed in 5 miles. So I turned around. Anyone know why? Or for how long it might be the case? I didn't see anything about a closure on the DEC website either.
    Successful ascents: 137 (81 different) as of 8/30/22
    Adirondack/Catskill fire tower challenge: 13/31
    Adk 29er challenge: 11/29

    Completed: Chester Challenge, Tupper Lake Triad, Hamilton County Waterfall

  • #2
    Doesn't that turn into a seasonal road before you get to the Floodwood Mountain trailhead? It's been a relatively early spring in some respects but it's still early to be expecting most seasonal roads to be open yet. Even after the snow melts there's still a necessary "drying out" period where the road is given time to dry and let the mud settle before it can be opened.

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    • #3
      Did you get as far as the RR crossing at Floodwood (the canoe outfitters location)? The trailhead is under three miles farther and, if I remember correctly, Floodwood road was gated beyond the side road to the TH.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by MTVhike View Post
        Did you get as far as the RR crossing at Floodwood (the canoe outfitters location)? The trailhead is under three miles farther and, if I remember correctly, Floodwood road was gated beyond the side road to the TH.
        That is how I remember it also.

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        • #5
          Same here, hiked it in Feb, could drive just beyond the TH but then had to park over 1/2 mile plus before the TH in the plowed lot. Should be able to reach and park at TH currently.

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          • #6
            Been a long time since I hiked this and maybe it's changed but I recall a small parking area to the left right before or after the road you start hiking down to get to the trail. I recall gates, but I don't recall exactly where. Seems like the road you start hiking down is gated and I know there's a DEC sign where the trail splits off. Can't recall if there was any signage anywhere else.
            Last edited by montcalm; 05-05-2021, 09:33 PM.

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            • #7
              I looked at the sat image, there is a large sandy parking area there. I don't actually recall it being as big as it is... anyway, I *think* that's where I started.

              If you ever get back and get to the end of the trail, you may be underwhelmed with the view. There's a a very small clearing and narrow slab (that I don't recommend climbing down) where you can kind of see off to the southeast.

              The actual summit is quite wooded but if you head up what I remember as a large, 12-15' or so, rock spline and head to the southwest corner of the main summit, you end up coming to a very open area over some cliffs where you can see quite far. This is mostly looking south, southwest toward Tupper Lake.



              You can see to the west too but not a lot of views because of trees encroaching or nearby mountains obstructing.
              Last edited by montcalm; 05-07-2021, 09:55 AM.

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              • #8
                Floodwood Road.

                Pooch and I took a walk along Floodwood Rd yesterday (5/6).

                Floodwood Road and the Floodwood Reserve PA are open.

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                • #9
                  None of the info I found online or in the ADK guide book mentioned it being a seasonal road - nor was it mentioned on the DEC website which usually lists seasonal road closures - so it's not something I was expecting to have to take into consideration.

                  I saw a sign that said road closed in 5 miles and my GPS said I had like 5.75 mi left so I turned around.

                  It wasn't a huge deal. There were enough trails around that I could figure out a Plan B. Just a long way to drive (2 1/4 hrs one way) to not do the hike you want.
                  Successful ascents: 137 (81 different) as of 8/30/22
                  Adirondack/Catskill fire tower challenge: 13/31
                  Adk 29er challenge: 11/29

                  Completed: Chester Challenge, Tupper Lake Triad, Hamilton County Waterfall

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                  • #10
                    I have never used a GPS myself, but based on the experiences of the people who use them to come here I would say they are not always very accurate at providing directions and distances, perhaps especially in less traveled areas.

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                    • #11
                      I've found it pretty accurate for driving to trailheads.
                      Successful ascents: 137 (81 different) as of 8/30/22
                      Adirondack/Catskill fire tower challenge: 13/31
                      Adk 29er challenge: 11/29

                      Completed: Chester Challenge, Tupper Lake Triad, Hamilton County Waterfall

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