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Santanoni Range - Panther, Santanoni, Couchsachraga Peaks

In this long hike you will climb three more 46er peaks that do not have maintained trails on them.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 17.1 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  On this hike you will climb 3 more ADK 46er peaks. These peaks do not have maintained trails to their summits so you will need to... more »

Tips:  Directions to trailhead:
Take exit 29 off of I-87 and follow Rte 2 west for 17 miles to an intersection with a sign for "National Lead... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Leaving the Santanoni Road

Here you will depart from the Santanoni Road onto the Bradley Pond Trail heading towards the Santanonis.

2. Herdpath up Santanoni Range

Here you will depart from the Bradley Pond Trail and start up on the herdpath up the Santanonis. Use the guide track to find where the herdpath begins on the western side of Bradley Pond. Look for the herdpath leaving from a beaver dam several hundred yards from the Bradley Pond lean-to.

3. Times Square

This 4-way intersection is called "Times Square" heading north will take you to Panther, South to Santanoni and straight ahead to Couchsachraga. It doesn't matter which one you do first but perhaps you should try for Couchsachraga to get the furthest one out of the way first if you need to make a return trip due to running out of daylight.

4. Panther Peak Summit

At 4,442 feet you are at the summit of Panther which has good western views although being a slightly wooded summit.

5. Santanoni Summit

At 4,606 feet you are at the summit of Santanoni Peak which has a great overlook for views although again, it is wooded.

6. Summit of Couchsachraga

At 3,793 feet somebody really screwed up with the survey long ago when the 46 4,000 foot peaks were determined because this one is over 200 feet below that level! Yet, Couchsachraga is still considered to be on of the 46 peaks although for some reason MacNaughton at 3,983 feet is not on the list! In fact, there are 15 non-46er peaks that are... More