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Old 06-22-2014, 03:53 PM   #1
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McKenzie Mountain

Looking for help,

Can anybody tell me about hiking up to McKenzie Mountain (Essex County)?

I am looking for general up-to-date info.

Thank you.
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:56 AM   #2
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We hiked it in August last summer. We took the Jackrabbit Trail from the Whiteface Inn, which was composed mostly of rocks and looked more like a dried stream bed than a trail. You may wish to hike from the DEC trailhead on 96, but it is longer and more of an ascent. Continuing on the jackrabbit trail, we came to I think the placid lean-to, which was a nice rest stop. Then we continued onward and took a right onto the McKenzie Trail. This trail starts flat but quickly climbs upward. It's uphill from this point on. Eventually you will come upon what looks like a summit, but this is the false summit. You have to go down and then back up to the actual summit. The views are spectacular! I've attached a few maps and the view from the top. Hope you enjoy the hike.
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:25 PM   #3
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Thank you very much.

This helps a lot.

I appreciate it. I am looking forward to the hike.
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:38 AM   #4
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I maintain the Placid Leanto.
I had wanted to do McKenzie for years since it is right behind the leanto, so to speak.., and last year began my Saranac 6 with same.
To date, the steepest Adirondack peak I have ascended.(inlcuding 23 of the 46!)
But the views were worth the climb.

Enjoy it!
Then try Haystack for a somewhat similar experience.

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Old 07-07-2014, 09:42 AM   #5
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My wife and I just finished the Saranac 6 in May with Haystack and McKenzie. We went in from Whiteface Inn Rd. The trail follows the jackrabbit trail and is a nice wide rocky road bed until you come to a 4 way junction. To the right is the foot trail to McKenzie, to the left takes you to RT86, and continuing straight keeps you on the jackrabbit trail. The trail up McKenzie itself was pretty rutted and washed out in a lot of places with many rock and root scrambles.

On your way back down McKenzie why not head over to Haystack? If you continue down the jackrabbit trail at the junction you'll come to a small cairn and a easy herd path on the left that goes to the top of Haystack.
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