The new owner of Cabins at Chimney Mountain has closed public access to the trailhead to 2,710-foot Chimney Mountain, a peak in the state-owned Siamese Ponds Wilderness in the Adirondack Park which features unique rock formations and caves.
Owner owner Davanna Marks said they closed the trailhead after issues with trespassers and an attack by an unleashed dog. The closure was announced on Facebook on August 14th.
The trail to the top and the trailhead are on public land off Big Brook Road in the town of Indian Lake, Hamilton County, but require access via private land across Marks’ land. There is no known easement requiring public access.
Hiking Chimney Mountain remains possible, but now requires more than a mile bushwhack across rugged terrain, before reaching the steep trail to the summit. The trail length from the trailhead is about 1.2 miles.
The DEC Info Locator shows state Forest Preserve boundaries and can assist experienced hikers in making the bushwhack.
Photo of the Chimney Mountain summit courtesy Protect the Adirondacks.