|Hiking Albany Mountain from the North
Leaving the parking lot at the northern trailhead of the Albany Notch Trail, the trail starts off at a very easy grade. A half mile into the hike a 30 foot section of the trail is flooded as a result of beaver activity. This can be easily bypassed. Upon reaching the flooded section, look for a herd path to the left. This path will take you a couple hundred feet south where you will find that the path then goes across a beaver dam that has been there for sometime. There is a well worn path across the top. Upon reaching the other side, turn right and cut at a 45 degree angle through very open woods back to the trail.
Shortly after this you will reach the trail junction of the Albany Mountain Trail and the Albany Notch Trail. The Albany Notch Trail continues to the right but that section of the trail is currently closed due to more beaver activity. Now take the Albany Mountain Trail. The next .9 miles is the steepest section of the hike. You will reach another intersection. Turning to the right will take you down to Albany Notch. Staying straight leads to Albany Mountain. A couple minutes after the intersection you will come to the first of many open areas of trail where the footbed is ledge. If you bushwhack to the left about 200 feet through open woods there is a fine view to the west. Continuing on the trail, the trail remains quite open until reaching the top. Just before the summit there is a very nice view to the east. The cairns then lead you to the highpoint of the trail. The actually summit is further south with no trail leading to it, but the elevation change is only a couple of feet. If you continue following the cairns you will drop in elevation slightly and reenter the woods for a couple of minutes. You will then emerge on some open ledges with great views to the west. Continue following the cairns another tenth of a mile until you come out onto the wide open southern ledge of Albany Mountain with exceptional views to the south and west.
Distance from trailhead to southern ledges is 2.2 miles