This summit is not on a developed or mapped trail system, so the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is highly recommended. Expect hazards not found on a maintained trail, more difficult and varying conditions, and always prioritize safety when bushwhacking.
From the winter parking at the beginning of Jabe Pond Road, walk the road for an easy mile as it goes slightly uphill to Jabe Pond. Follow the white blazed trail around the west side of the pond. At just under a mile along this trail there are two noticeable, small knobs on the right with a shallow notch running between them. Use this notch and start bushwhacking through the open hardwoods, up and over to the other valley.
Once in the other valley, follow it to the left and you'll see the slopes of Catamount in front of you. Gain the north ridge and begin climbing through a mostly open hardwood forest. Many small to large cliffs will appear — find the best route around them. The summit is small with a rocky top and has excellent views to the north. The unique view of Middle Mountain is directly north and should not be missed.
Distance Round Trip:
7.2 miles. Since this is a bushwhack, it is not recommended for families with young children or for people not experienced using a map and compass. It can take experienced people more than five hours to complete this hike.
From the Ticonderoga traffic circle, head south on Route 9N and continue for 1.5 miles past its intersection with Route 3. Turn right on Split Rock Road, which turns into Battle Hill Road, and continue up the hill to Jabe Pond Road on the left. Park here as the gate is closed in winter.
Additional Important Information:
Snowshoeing over a frozen body of water is an Adirondack past time, but it is also dangerous to cross frozen waterbodies and it should only be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything, including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.