Snowy is a giant. It’s nearly 4000 feet in elevation. By most sources, Snowy is 101 feet away from being a high peak. Looking at a shaded relief map, Hamilton County has some prominent mountains. On the west side of Indian Lake is a chain of particularly high mountains. They extend south and west to the Jessup River. Snowy is among these mountains. Driving in from the south you can see it’s rocky face. To get there pick up route 30 and drive to Indian Lake not the village. The trailhead is a couple miles south of sabael. The mountains will definitely reveal themselves as they take up the sky line.
The trail is a fairly long hike in. The mountain has an extension that stretches to the road. Between that and its neighbor, Squaw Mountain, is a Brook Valley called Beaver Brook. The trail uses that valley to get to the mountain. It starts out getting to the brook. After crossing it, the trail heads upstream. It crosses the brook and it’s tributaries many times. Eventually, it pulls away for the big climb.
After the trail pulls away from the Brook, you will be met with a rock staircase. Now it begins. That staircase is just an introduction, it goes back to trail. The trail will weave and climb for quite a while then level off for a short break. Then a turn to the right for the most extreme climb. This section is steep and dangerously slippery when wet. Don’t give up it will end. The trail will go straight up than turn to the right again for the final stretch. This stretch is extremely steep again, but brief. Finally, the climb is over. A cliff opens up. A spring runs down with the marine flag at the edge. Follow the trail behind the spring for the tower. A side-trail leads to another cliff. Watch your step, it’s dangerous. On that cliff I was brought face to face with Buell and Panther Mountain across Squaw Brook (2nd picture). It was complete silence.
From the tower the prominent feature was Indian Lake. The Beaver Brook valley looks wide. Chimney Mountain across Indian Lake and in front of Bullhead was visible. I could see the chimney structure with binoculars. Blue Mountain could be seen just right and behind Panther (2nd picture). Wakely Mountain was visible in the west. I could see a great deal of the south central Adirondacks.
In my opinion the view of the high peaks was better than from Blue. They were all lined up in a wall appearance with passes. I did my best trying to label a few high peaks. I’m in the process of getting to know them, so correct me if I’m wrong. The Gothics was the best clue I had. It’s rock faces actually showed up a little in the photo. To the left could be mount Colden and Avalanche Pass. That would mean the McIntyre Ridge is far left. Barely outlined in the photo may also be Allen, Skylight, Redfield and Gray Peak in front of Mount Marcy.
The total mileage is 3.9 miles to the tower according to an Adirondack Trails book. The ascent is around 2100 feet. It was a wonderful experience up there. The air is so crisp when there is a breeze. It was actually completely silent most of the time. There were just a few chickadees, sparrows, and woodpeckers.