From the four-way intersection in Wilmington, follow Route 86 toward Jay. In Jay, take a left onto Route 9N and then an immediate right onto Glen Road. Follow Glen Road to its end, and turn left on Jay Mountain Road. Continue for just under a mile to the intersection with Upland Meadows Road ,which will be on the right, the trail is right near this intersection.
The DEC cut a new trail up this mountain and replaced the herd path that once existed, making it much easier for people without navigation skills to find the trail. The climb to the ridge is a steady one and you will get most of the elevation out of the way in that initial 2.5 miles.
At 2.5 miles you will have reached the open ridgeline, where there are plenty of outstanding views. The ridge is a walk on high. The open, rocky ridge will continuously open up views as you pass over the three summits of Jay Mountain.
If 8 miles is too much, the ridge offers plenty of options to turn around and still get a bang out of your day.
Round Trip Distance