Chapel Pond

Adirondacks, New York

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Chapel Pond


  • The parking lot can accomodate between seven and eight vehicles. Additional parking is neaby at roadside.- Chapel Pond
  • Swimmers and paddlers frequently visit in the summer.- Chapel Pond
  • A family enjoying their time on the sandy beach.- Chapel Pond
  • One of two seasonal waterfalls as seen from the shore.- Chapel Pond
  • A loon swims near the shore.- Chapel Pond
  • Views over Chapel Pond.- Chapel Pond
  • Views over Chapel Pond.- Chapel Pond
  • Capturing a photo of the mirror-like reflection.- Chapel Pond
  • The trail to the eastern shore and beach leads from the parking lot and follows the road.- Chapel Pond
  • The towering walls of Round Mountain draw rock climbers from all over.- Chapel Pond
  • Climbing is restricted at certain times due to peregrine falcon nesting.- Chapel Pond
  • The view from the eastern shore.- Chapel Pond
  • Views over Chapel Pond.- Chapel Pond
  • An early fall morning at Chapel Pond.- Chapel Pond
Overview + Weather
Paddling. Swimming. Rock/ice climbing. Seasonal waterfalls.
Adirondacks, NY
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Chapel Pond is not only a great destination for swimming, fishing, and paddling, it is also one of the most popular rock and ice climbing locations in New York. This large pond sits at the foot of 3,070-foot Round Mountain in the town of Keene, New York. Often visited by hikers who want to cool off after a long hike or rock and ice climbers looking to scale the massive Chapel Pond Slab, this location has become a sought-after Adirondack destination.

From the parking area, walk down to the shoreline to catch a view of the rocky walls and cliffs of Round Mountain. There is also a chance of seeing a loon or birds of prey like the peregrine falcon, which nests on the mountainside. Paddlers may also launch from this spot. There are also two very seasonal waterfalls that form on the side of Round Mountain and flow into the pond, each one at opposite ends.

For hikers, Chapel Pond lies across the road from the Giant Mountain Wilderness where Giant Mountain (4,627 feet) and Rocky Peak (4,420 feet) wait to be climbed. For climbers, a trail leads from the parking lot to the east end of the pond, where there is a small, sandy beach that attracts swimmers in the summer. This trail is also used by climbers to get to the routes offered by the mountain.

Chapel Pond Slab lies just 200 feet off of Route 73, making such routes as Bob's Knob Standard (5.3 Trad, 6 pitches, 840 ft), Regular Route (5.5 PG13 Trad, 8 pitches, 700 ft), Empress (5.5 X Trad, 7 pitches, 865 ft), Greensleeves (5.6 PG13 Trad, 3 pitches, 350 ft), and Thanksgiving (5.7 R Trad, 6 pitches, 550 ft) easily accessible to climbers.

In the winter, ice formations appear all along the side of Round Mountain, making way for ice climbers to ascend a variety of frozen routes.

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