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Mount Skylight is a mountain in the Great Range of the Adirondack High Peaks in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. It gets its name from its open, bare and relatively flat summit, unusual in the Adirondack High Peaks.
A remote summit by any approach, it is nonetheless a favorite of hikers. It is famously distinguished by two large cairns that have grown on either end of the summit over the years, as 46er lore has it that carrying a rock up and placing it on them will ensure good weather.
A single trail goes up to the mountain’s summit from the Four Corners junction between Skylight and Mount Marcy, its northern neighbor; as the name suggests, however, there are three ways to get there. Most commonly, hikers come up from the west, via the Feldspar Brook Trail from the campsites at the Flowed Lands and climb the peak in conjunction with a visit to Lake Tear-of-the-Clouds, often considered as the source of the Hudson River, and a climb up neighboring, trail-less Gray Peak. The trailhead can also be reached by descending from Marcy to the north, or via Panther Gorge and Elk Lake to the southeast.
This is one of my favorite hikes – not just because of the views provided from its bald summit – but because this was the culmination of my quest to become a “46er”. I chose to first climb over Mt. Marcy, then Gray Peak, celebrating my 46th High Peak on Skylight Mountain. We ended our day by finishing our day on top of Mt. Marcy a second time, before descending to the Adirondack Loj parking lot.