Directions to Trailhead
Good Luck Cliffs is one of the the most challenging hikes
in the southern Adirondacks, and less than 15 minutes from Southern Adirondack Pines. The start
of the hike is quite unassuming - until you start the ascent to the
top of the cliffs! Although not a technical climb, the last 1/2
mile is sure to get your heart pumping. The view from the top of
the cliffs is definitely worth the effort - you get a spectacular view
of Spectacle Lake (named for it's shape, similar to a pair of glasses)
and the south western Adirondacks.
The trail head is less than 10 minutes
north on Rt 10. The start of the hike is gradual, arriving at a trail
crossing after about a 1/2 mile. Bear to the left, following the signs
for Spectacle Lake. After about another 3/4 of a mile, you'll
see Good Luck Lake off to your left. A short walk through the
brush will bring you to the lake side, definitely worth your time.
The trail for the climb up to the cliffs
is not marked, but fairly easy to find and follow. Take the main trail
past the lake until you come to a snowmobile sign indicating a bridge
ahead. Just before the large bridge, there
is another bridge sign - the trail up to the cliffs is just past this
sign to your right. You'll know you're on the right trail if you cross
a moss covered rocky stream, about 600 ft from where the trail splits
From this point, you'll ascent about 650
ft. to the top of the cliffs!
For those in your party that may not be up
for the climb, the trail goes on towards Spectacle Lake.
Trail Head - Good Luck Lake and Cliffs:
1. Turn right onto Rt 29A (toward Pine
2. Immediately bear right onto Rt 10,
toward Speculator. The trail head for Good Luck Lake and Cliffs is about
miles on the left. (You will pass trail heads for Broomstick Lake,
and Third Lake, as well as the Arietta Hotel)
Trail Map: (Click for