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Big views for low investment

June 28, 2017
By JUSTIN A. LEVINE - Outdoors Writer ( , Lake Placid News

WILMINGTON - Cobble Lookout may offer the best views for such little effort of anywhere in the northern Adirondacks.

Situated not far from Whiteface and Esther mountains, the views from Cobble Lookout stretch down to the Jay and Giant mountain wilderness areas, as well as up to the summit castle of Whiteface Mountain, which can be seen quite clearly even on an overcast day (assuming the summit of Whiteface isn't socked in).

Starting out from the trailhead, the trail goes up at a gentle grade. Bear right at the 0.2-mile mark, or take a detour on the left of just a couple hundred feet to the sheer, 80-foot wall that is the remnant of an old rock quarry. There are old artifacts there, such as milk cans, glass bottles and even the sole of a hob-nailed boot. Be sure to leave it as it is: Take only pictures.

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Cobble Lookout near Wilmington offers views of Whiteface and Esther mountains, as well as the Jay and Giant mountain wilderness areas.
News photo — Justin A. Levine

From there, the trail continues on and is easy to follow. It's marked with blue state Department of Environmental Conservation discs, and at all of the little stream crossings there are bridges that are in excellent shape, largely owing to this being a new trail, opened just a few years ago.

As the trail follows along the side of a ridge, there are mild ups and downs, and the few wet spots have strategically placed rocks and bog bridges will allow you to stay dry even on the wettest days.

Nearing the end of the 1.34-mile trail, you walk along a wide path which leads straight to the exposed lookout that offers uninterrupted 180-degree views. In terms of bang-for-your-buck, Cobble Lookout ranks right up there, offering impressive views on a hike that could probably be done on your lunch hour.

Fact Box

Cobble Lookout

Activity: Hiking/running

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 2.57 miles, round trip

Directions: From the four corners in Wilmington, take route 431 toward the Whiteface Veteran's Memorial Highway. At 2.7 miles, just before the toll booth, bear right onto Marble Mountain Rd. (this road may have different names, but it's just before the toll booth). Go 0.3 miles to the trailhead on the right.



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