With a 229 foot gentle ascent, this small mountain makes a great loop hike for the whole family.
Beginning at the easternmost parking area near Tooley Pond, a short walk north up Tooley Pond Road leads to the East Trail trailhead. The East Trail climbs briefly before crossing a stream and turning eastward to offer views over Tooley Pond through the trees. The trail continues to gently climb until reaching a junction with the West Trail just before the summit of Tooley Pond Mountain.
From the junction, the Summit Trail departs to the left and arrives shortly at a partly wooded summit. A fire tower once stood in what is now an empty clearing that presents views of distant peaks.
To return along the West Trail and complete the loop, turn onto the West Trail from the junction and follow it down the mountain for 0.6 miles to the western parking area along Tooley Pond Rd.
The two parking lots are just under 0.5-miles apart along Tooley Pond Road.
Tooley Pond Rd receives minimal maintenance during the winter months – four-wheel-drive vehicles are suggested for winter access.
Tooley Pond Mountain is part of the Grass River Wild Forest, a 54,000-acre collection of public forest preserves located in the towns of Clare, Clifton, Colton and Fine in St. Lawrence County and managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
For more information, please visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation online, or contact:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Potsdam Sub-Office
190 Outer Main Street - Suite 103
Potsdam, NY 13676