Mount Gilligan is a somewhat popular climb with really nice views of the Giant Mountain Wilderness and the Dix Range.
From the intersection of state Route 9 and 73 near Exit 30 on Interstate 87, follow Route 9 toward Elizabethtown. Continue for just under 4 miles to the trailhead on the right. There is a large parking area for fishing access here. The trailhead is less than a quarter of a mile up that dirt road, which is called Scriver Road.
By the numbers
- Elevation: 1,420 feet
- Mileage: 1.1 miles one way, 725 feet of elevation gain
The trail starts to climb almost immediately through an attractive but dark forest under tall evergreens. There are several small, steep sections, and one in particular that can be a bit tricky. There are a couple of viewing areas along the way as you approach the end of the trail. The trail doesn’t go all the way to the summit, but stops ever so short of the highest point at the final overlook of the ridge leading to Giant Mountain.