Peaked Rock Trail – hiking

This hike begins roughly 30 miles east of Saratoga Springs.  The Peaked Rock Trail meanders along Snake Ridge in the Battenkill State Forest. Located in Washington County this 983 acre mixed forest is an excellent day adventure.  The trail leads to Peaked Rock at 1100 feet above the Battenkill River.  Vermont lies just on the other side of the range.  This moderate hike yields rewarding views of Washington County and beyond. From the parking area, the trail starts out along a stream that divides two parcels of farmland.

  • Washington County
  • Town of Cambridge
  • Trail Length: 2 1/2 miles
  • Scenery: Forest screened views of Washington County farmland
  • Terrain: Rugged

Trip Tip: Stop into Battenkill Valley Outdoors for a trail map

As you begin your journey, you’ll notice Battenkill Valley Outdoors’ store in their new solar log building on the other side of the stream.  The trail starts out as a gradual climb up an old logging road. Once the trail crosses a stream it starts to gain elevation. Pale green slate constitutes the trail surface. As you continue past birch, oak and hickory trees the grade becomes quite steeper until you reach the saddle connecting to Goose Egg Ridge. One last steep pitch will get you onto Snake Ridge. From here the trail continues over the peak for 1.5 miles out to Peaked Rock.  As you hike along the ridge there are glimpses of the green mountains to the east and farmland in the valley to the west. The trail lies close to the border between public and private property, respect private property and stay on the trail.

Scenic Directions: Rte 313, Cambridge
From Saratoga Springs, drive east on Route 29 through the Village of Schuylerville to the Town of Greenwich.  Continue on Rte 29 to the Town of Battenville.  Make a right onto Rte 61 east to the Town of Shushan.  When you come to Dead Lake, Rte 61 goes left and then immediately right. Continue on Rte 61 to Rte 313. Make a right onto Rte 313 south. The trailhead/parking area is one mile south on Rte 313, just past the entrance for Battenkill Valley Outdoors.  You will see a designated NYSDEC Trailhead/Parking area sign.

The above trail description is from Johnny Miller’s Adventure GuideSaratoga County and beyond.  For more information on outdoor recreation destinations in Washington County, Saratoga County and the Capital Region check out www.johnnymilleradventures.com. Johnny Miller’s Adventure guide is also circulated free through out the region available this at participating businesses.