St. Regis Mountain from Little Long Pond The view east from St. Regis Mountain, Upper St. Regis Lake in the foreground, Whiteface Mountain, right of center on the horizon. The view east from St. Regis Mountain, Mount Marcy, center; Algonquin, Boundary and Iroquois Peaks, right; Lake Clear, bottom left. St. Regis Mountain from McKenzie Mountain, sixteen miles to the east. Saint Regis Mountain
is a 2874-foot mountain at the center of the St. Regis Canoe Area
in the town of Santa Clara.
It can be climbed from a trailhead on Keese Mills Road west of Paul Smiths, or from a trail that starts at a landing on Upper Saint Regis Lake just south of Camp Topridge, a Great Camp built by Marjorie Merriweather Post. 1 The view from the summit includes thirty lakes, including the Upper and Lower Saranac Lake, and Upper and Lower St. Regis Lake. 2
The summit is bare rock, having been cleared by a fire started accidentally by a surveying party led by Verplanck Colvin in 1876. There is a fire tower on the summit that is presently closed, although a restoration effort is underway. 3
The view east southeast from St. Regis Mountain, c. 1905, showing Upper St. Regis Lake from St. Regis Carry at right; Birch Island, center; to Ward Island and Spring Bay at lower left. Pine Tree Point is to the left of Birch Island Bear Pond is just visible at lower right, and part of Spitfire Lake can be seen at left. Mountains visible on the horizon include Whiteface, just right of center; Moose Mountain, further right; and McKenzie Mountain at far right.
This shows the view to the east northeast from St. Regis Mountain, c. 1905. The house at lower left in the photograph above is at lower right here. The compound that predated Topridge is in the center foreground. The two ponds at lower left, below the esker, are known as the Spectacle Ponds. The water above the esker is the northernmost arm of Upper St. Regis Lake; above that is Spitfire Lake. In the center left is Lower St. Regis Lake with Paul Smith's Hotel on the far shore. At the far left is Osgood Pond, and above the hotel is Jones Pond. Library of Congress External links
1. McMartin, Barbara & Bill Ingersoll, Discover the Northern Adirondacks, Lake View Press, Canada Lake, NY, third edition, 2005. ISBN 1888374-26-8
2. Summit Post - Saint Regis Mountain
3. This article appeared originally on Wikipedia as St. Regis Mountain; its edit history there reflects its authorship. It is licensed under the GDFL.