The view from Rooster Comb reveals a view of Lower Wolfjaw Mountain to the south and Mt. Marcy distant to the southwest. This hike is great for children or those lacking endurance but wanting solitude.
Rooster Comb is one of the Adirondack Mountains with the modest elevation of 2739’. At less than 4000’ it is not one of the Adirondacks High Peaks. The mountain received its name due to its shape created by the sub peaks resembling the Comb of a Rooster.
Less than 1 mile south of Valley Grocery a trailhead starts from a parking lot west of route 73. It is a moderate 6.29 miles hike from 1039’ elevation with elevation increase of 1749’. The well maintained trail is an easy grade, with beautiful trees resulting in a satisfying hike.
Fall is a great time to visit Rooster Comb. There are fewer leaves on the trees revealing a greater view of the peak’s south rock face. Caution should be exerted at all times when walking around the summit with a 300’ drop surrounding three sides of the peak
At the trailhead hikers are requested to fill out and carry a self-issue “trip ticket” for entry into the park’s High Peak region. It is a simple procedure that only takes a few minutes to comply. Rangers can fine hikers who have not met this requirement.
Keene is a town of 156 square miles within Essex County with a population of 1,105. The hamlet of Keene Valley is south of Keene on route 73. St. Huberts is a hamlet 2.5 miles south of Keene Valley on route 73.
Keene was founded 1808 grew with the addition of sawmills, forges and gristmills. Now it is a popular vacation location for nature lovers. Keene has five choices for lodging with four dining establishments. Keene Valley nearby to its south offers additional lodging and dining options.
Within Keene a network of trails penetrate the Adirondack Mountains eastern side. It connects with the heart of the forty-six High Peaks including Mt. Marcy. One of the most popular trailheads in the Adirondacks is The Garden. From the east it leads to Adirondack Mountain Club’s Johns Brook Lodge.
Keene’s trails lead to many peaks and scenic areas, including The Brothers, Big Slide Mountain, Hedgehog Mountain, Snow Mountain, Lower Wolfjaw Mountain and Spread Eagle Mountain east of route 73.
Keene is a 5 hours 15 minute drive of 276 miles from Rochester NY. Drive I-90 thruway to route 365 north at Rome then route 8 north, to route 8 north and route 73 north to Keene Valley.
This area on the eastern edge of the Adirondack Mountains is the heart of this well-known range. The best way to understand its beauty is to see it, it will be a vacation that will not disappoint.