Cobble Lookout

Adirondacks, New York

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Cobble Lookout


  • The view from Cobble Lookout toward the High Peaks region.- Cobble Lookout
  • Aside form the small parking area, there is plenty of roadside parking available.- Cobble Lookout
  • The trail is mostly level with little elevation gain.- Cobble Lookout
  • At this junction, follow the trail on the right.- Cobble Lookout
  • A set of stone steps to assist with the incline.- Cobble Lookout
  • The trail crosses a couple of small streams along the way.- Cobble Lookout
  • A boulder along the trail that has split. Notice the dike running across the top. Dikes are cracks where magma seeped through and hardened.- Cobble Lookout
  • Following the blue-blazed trail as it meanders through the forest.- Cobble Lookout
  • Planks to help hikers traverse muddy areas.- Cobble Lookout
  • The view as you emerge from the trail.- Cobble Lookout
  • Looking toward Esther and Whiteface Mountains.- Cobble Lookout
  • Looking out into the Adirondacks.- Cobble Lookout
  • A tree indicates the direction of the prevailing winds.- Cobble Lookout
  • A lone hiker takes in the view from the lookout.- Cobble Lookout
Overview + Weather
Great views. Small crowds.
Adirondacks, NY
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
816.93 ft (249.00 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.60 mi (4.18 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,244.00 ft (683.97 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Formally adopted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in 2014, Cobble Lookout is a relatively new hiking destination that is family-friendly and very rewarding due to its spectacular 180-degree view of the Adirondacks.

Cobble Lookout — no relation to Cobble Hill in Lake Placid — is a broad rubble ledge with a sheer drop-off. The overlook is located on the eastern side of Morgan Mountain of the Stephenson Range in the Wilmington Wild Forest.

Hikers will encounter the trailhead in a small parking lot just off Gillespie Road. The parking area can accommodate about four to five cars, with plenty of roadside parking available if the parking area is full.

The well-marked, blue-blazed trail proceeds through the forest on a mostly level grade with only a 250-foot elevation gain over 1.3 miles. The trail winds easily along making it suitable for families with children who want to explore hiking areas and trails away from the heavily visited High Peaks.

 The broad view from the lookout gets hikers up close to Esther Mountain (4,240 feet) and Whiteface Mountain (4,867 feet) — two of the Adirondack 46 High Peaks that tower to the right.

As you look out to the east you will see the Giant Mountain Wilderness, Hurricane Mountain, Jay Mountain and many other peaks in the distance. Down below, the West Branch Ausable River can be seen making its turn toward its confluence with the East Branch of the Ausable River to form the mighty Ausable River at Ausable Forks.

The trail is also a favorite snowshoeing route; however, due to high winds, the ledge may be clear of or contain very little snow, which could make for tricky footing in snowshoes.

A point of interest is the nearby quarry where the material to build the Whiteface Veterans’ Memorial Highway was taken.

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