Hamilton County

Hamilton County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. Its county seat is Lake Pleasant. It is one of only two counties that lie entirely within the Adirondack Park (Essex is the other). As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,836, making it the least populous county in New York. It is also the most sparsely populated county in the eastern half of the United States, with a population density of just over three people per square mile.

Hamilton County is in the north central part of the state, northwest of Albany. It lies entirely within Adirondack Park and consists mostly of publicly owned parkland. As the tourist folk will tell you, there is no permanent traffic light in the county.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamilton_County,_New_York
http://www.adirondackexperience.com/

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Map: Snowy Mountain

Map: Snowy Mountain

Snowy Mountain is a mountain located in Hamilton County, New York. Initially known as 'Squaw Bonnet', its summit is the highest point in the county. While most maps show the elevation as 3899 feet, some suggest that more recent surveys have it as 3904 feet or even 3908 feet.

The mountain is the highest in the Adirondack Mountains south of the 4,000 ft (1,200 m) High Peaks region. It is one of thirteen mountain in New York with more than 2,000 ft (610 m) of topographic prominence. Snowy Mountain is flanked to the northeast by Squaw Mountain (3239 feet), and to the southwest by Lewey Mountain (3742 feet). A subsidiary ridge comes off the summit to the east ending at unnamed 'Peak 3149' (3149 feet) which forms the head of a large bowl overlooking the Griffin Brook drainage.

Map: John Pond – Clear Pond Loop

Map: John Pond – Clear Pond Loop

John Pond Trail extends 2.3 miles and ascends 145 feet from the John Pond trailhead to John Pond and a lean-to on the pond. The pond provides a scenic view of the small unnamed mountain that wraps around its shore. Clear Pond Trail extends 0.9 mile from the Clear Pond trailhead to the north end of Clear Pond. The trailhead can be accessed from the John Pond trailhead parking area by walking .35 mile on Starbuck Road. The trail climbs 330 feet for first 0.8 mile from the parking area before descending 90 feet to the pond. John Pond Crossover extends 3.4 miles from the John Pond Trail - 0.4 mile from John Pond - to the West Puffer Pond Trail - 1.5 miles from the King's Flow trailhead. Traveling from the John Pond Trail the trail ascends 365 feet and then descends 100 feet before reaching the West Puffer Pond Trail.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/53172.html

Map: Peaked Mountain Trail

Map: Peaked Mountain Trail

The Siamese Ponds Wilderness (SPW) is one of the larger Wilderness designated areas in the Adirondack Park. It extends some 24 miles north and south and 18 miles east and west and contains approximately 46,138.43 hectares (114,010.1 acres) of Forest Preserve lands. Associated with the SPW are the Dug Mountain, Forks Mountain and Chatiemac Primitive Areas. During the early part of the nineteenth century, logging became an important industry in the region, and most of the Wilderness was heavily cut over. Devastating fires at the turn of the century continued to significantly impact this natural resource.

Today, however, the area shows little evidence of these past impacts and has become known for its natural beauty. Popular points of interest include the Siamese Ponds that gave the area its name, Puffer Pond, Puffer Mountain, Chimney Mountain, Auger Falls, and Thirteenth Lake.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/22596.html
http://www.cnyhiking.com/SiamesePondsWilderness.htm

Map: Woods Lake

Map: Woods Lake

A 68-acre lake below Little Cathead Mountain, Woods Lake in the Silver Lake Wilderness area offers primitive camping along a scenic lake. The trail back there is not marked, however it starts near a gravel pull off, roughly 1 mile east of the private Lapland Lake Recreation Center, that shares part of the lake front.