This two mile hike with a moderate climb winds through a hardwood forest and along a ridge line. It ends with a beautiful view of Loon Lake and surrounding mountain peaks, including Crane, Prospect and Gore. For a longer outing, add another one of the Chester Challenge trails, such as Stewart Mountain, which is just a few miles away on White Schoolhouse Road.
Location: Ben Culver Road, Chestertown
Parking and Directions:
Take the Northway to Exit 25. Take Route 8 south for approximately 1.6 miles to Landon Hill Rd. Turn right on Landon Hill and continue for 2.9 miles to Ben Culver Rd. Take a left on Ben Culver and continue for 0.8 miles to parking and trailhead on the right. The parking lot contains parking for 5-6 cars.
Google Maps directions
Trailhead Coordinates: -73 50.21 43 41.54
Things to Do Nearby: Kipp Mountain is part of the eight trail Chester Challenge. Stewart Mountain, another trail in the challenge, is less than two miles to the southeast on White Schoolhouse Rd. Dynamite Hill Recreation Area, Loon Lake Beach, and the hamlet of Chestertown are all within a few miles.