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Indian Head

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation: 2,700 feet

Round-Trip Distance: 8.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,430 feet

Description: Indian Head offers a spectacular view of Lower Ausable Lake and the Lower Great Range. The first 3.3 miles of the trail are along Lake Road which makes for fast walking on a gentle grade. The remaining 0.8 miles is along a trail located at the end of Lake Road and climbs 730 feet, making for a steep ascent up to Indian Head. 

This hike is entirely on the private land of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR)/Ausable Club. An easement held by the State of New York permits the public to hike on the trails, but all users must obey the following restrictions:

• Dogs are prohibited in this game preserve.
• Hikers must remain on the marked trails.
• No camping, hunting, or fishing

Trailhead: The trailhead for the AMR is located directly across Rt. 73 from the Roaring Brook Falls Trail to Giant Mountain. This is 3 miles from the High Peaks sign in Keene Valley or 6 miles from the junction of Routes 73 and 9. This parking area often fills up very early, particularly on weekends. Parking is not permitted on Ausable Road past the designated parking area, and parking is now prohibited on the shoulders of Rt. 73. If the parking area is full, the closest legal parking is at the turnouts up toward Chapel Pond.

From the parking lot, you will initially follow a dirt road to a paved road next to a golf course. At 0.5 miles from the parking area, turn left and down between two tennis courts on Lake Road Way to get to the gatehouse and trail register.

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