- Trail: Spring Run to Western Ridge
- Length: 4 miles
- Trailhead: Spier Falls Road South
- Terrain: Rugged
Trip Tip: Beware of the Porcupines!
Named for the stream running down the thickly vegetated mountainside at this destination is part of Moreau Lake State Park. The trail immediately begins with a climb up the dirt utility road just south of the trailhead, marked with a large swing gate. The trail continues to climb up the ridge as it crosses under the utility lines, where it another trails spurs off to the left.
The trail to the left is used by rock climbers to access the cliffs up to the right. The base base of the cliffs are covered with large scree and a canopy of trees. I’ve seen porcupines in this area on several hikes and my dog got hit once its quills, so beware. The spring run trail continues straight over some rugged sections of a bed. Continuing on this trail will take to an overlook with great views of the Hudson River and the Southern Adirondack Mountains. The trail also connects to the Western Ridge Trail and other trails that take you over to the Overlook Trail. After the hike there is a good swimming spot on the rocks across the road and through the trees. The Hudson River is a beautiful spot with clean water at his location.
Directions: Spier Falls Road Travel north on Route 9 out of Saratoga. Route 9 parallels I-87. Continue north on Route 9 for 6.5 miles from Route 50. Make a left onto Corinth Mountain Rd (County Rte 101). Stay on this road until you come to a stop sign and a T intersection with Spier Falls Rd. Make a right onto Spier Falls Road and travel to the bottom of the hill along the Hudson River. Just past the Spier Falls Road boat launch is the Spring Run trailhead on your right.