Adirondack Real Estate For Sale.
The big chunk of Adirondack Land I bought for a private recreational getaway and developed over the next 45 years as "Fourpeaks" is for sale. Your real estate broker will have all the details. The purpose of this page is to tell you about the place from the owner's perspective. A guided visit online.
Sincerely yours, Martin Schwalbaum (Owner).
CLICK & GO! (On this page.) . . . at the center of a scenic triangle. Home to seven Adirondack pioneer families (1720-1940) . . . Rattlesnake Knob. Panoramic Views of the High Peaks. The Lookout. Whiteface View. Ebenzer Mountain. The Tall One. Lori Woods. In old woods, a scenic path to Great Rock. More scenic trails worth exploring. (On the next page). Three authentic Adirondack Camps for you and your guests. Fourpeaks Trail Map. Visit Our Trees, a guide to some of Fourpeaks full-time residents with Tree Map.
(Compass directions and distances are approximate. Use Trail Map to follow turns.)
Protected from the elements by four mountains nearby, with ample level terrain for crops, Fourpeaks was "home" to seven Adirondack pioneer families (1720-1940). Look for their fields, cellars, planted trees and shrubs at Sugar, Gypsy, Thoreau, Halsey Straight, Bert Williams Farm and more. The roads and skid trails these settlers made to get to their fields and woodlots are still there, making for easy access to Fourpeaks views and beauty spots. A fire on Basset Mountain in the early 60's left a network of fire roads as well. Salvage harvesting after the great Ice Storm in January '98 improved access to the higher elevations. Fourpeaks 4 mountains (Bassett, Wainwright, Rattlesnake and Ebenezer) are friendly 2,000-foot peaks which can provide hours and days of pleasant discovery with history lessons on the way--for both the seasoned hiker and everyday walker--afoot, or on snowshoes or skis!
Rattlesnake Knob. (PHOTO. View South from Rattlesnake Knob. LtoR: Ebenezer, High Peaks, Whiteface.)
The Lookout. (PHOTO. View South from The Lookout. LtoR: Clements Mountain, Ebenezer Mountain, Rattlesnake Knob.)
Ebenezer Mountain. (PHOTO. View East from Ebenezer Mountain: Jay Range NY, Green Mountains VT.)
Lori Woods. New trail in old woods, a scenic path to Great Rock. From Bert Williams Farm follow Jeep Road South. At Zero Clearing, take Ice Road (roughly West) to Chasm Road to Lori Trail, generally South about one mile through second growth pine, maple and balsam untouched for hundreds of years to Great Rock.
More Scenic Trails Worth Exploring.
Blueberry Trail. Alternate woods trail to Rattlesnake. 1/2 mile, Moderate. (Not on map.) On Jeep Road 1/2 mile S or Great Rock, look for trail signs. Walk in old road 300ft to primitive trail (a deer path) that wraps around Rattlesnake 100-ft granite face to small notch between Rattlesnake and Blueberry Hill, a must visit. Look for hawks on uplift air currents between mountains.
Cedar Swamp. 1/2 mile, Easy. From Jim Melvin Farm (Gypsy Camp) follow East Path or Cedar Road (bridge over brook) to Cedar Swamp Trail toCedar Swamp. Get there from Sugar Camp as well. Unique cedar swamp. Option: Continue on Cedar Trail S to High Cedar Swamp and East Path. Return by Logging Camp, 1-1/2 miles, Moderate.
Camp Rock. 1/8 mile, Easy. At Camp Field climb up Camp Rock by short rope pull or take road W to summit and double back on ridge rock to mountain views, benches.
Indian Spring and Zig-Zag. 1/2 mile, Easy. At Camp Field path past woodpile to Indian Spring, stone walls, cattle watering hole (pinic table). Take trail N to Zig-Zag Trail or follow stone wall S to Three Birches.
Back Field. 1/2 mile, Easy. At Halsey Straight Farm on Stonehouse Road, walk N into field with old cellar, barn ruins, ancient apple trees. Follow woods road N 200 feet to large open field. Till lines on E side, rock wall at far N side with mountain views. Option: Follow Merritt Dubay Trail N to Providence Rock with views and Wolf's Nest.
More Beauty Spots to explore? Ask Martin about Providence Rock and First View, both with limited mountain views on Wainwright Mtn., perfect for private meditations.
2012 Trail Update.
1998. For years we focused on the bad results from the Jan. '98 "100-year" Ice Storm. Ice broke the fragile pine tops and almost half the stand was lost at Stone House Farm. There were heavy losses in the hardwood stands on the slopes of Ebenezer and Rattlesnake Mountains, as well. Deadfall blocked the trails and the forest interior was thoroughly littered. Overnight, travel through was difficult bushwacking instead of an easy walk. [CLICK HERE for the full story of the '98 Ice Storm.] During the Summer of '98 all the working trails were cleared, some by machine but most by slow hand work with chain saw and muscle. Fields and meadows were similarly cleared of all debris.
2001-2005. There were some good results from the storm. As a result of logging operations to salvage trees destroyed by the storm, old roads and trails were opened up that had not been accessible for years. The Smith road behind Sugar Camp was opened to the Old Sugarbush, with giant maples, and Hemlock Grove, two beauty rest stops with tables and benches, and to The Notch via Hemlock Trail. The new skid paths built in '98 (West Path and East Path) provided access to higher elevations on Rattlesnake and Ebenezer by a number of alternate routes. Through East Path we made a loop trail to Ebenezer. The old '60's fire road off Perkins Road at Burt Willam's Farm was opened to Camp Barn as a jeep road (Zig-Zag trail).
2006-2012. In addition to painting and flagging, trail junctions and Beauty Spots are marked with user-friendly white 8x8 plastic signs. We rediscovered an ancient road at Zero Clearing and opened it to Ice Mountain and Glacier Torrent. Hamburger Hill (a '70 picnic spot), reopened to the westerly rock face of Rattlesnake, became the start of Blueberry Trail (Read Trail Notes, not on map.)
Fourpeaks Maps: HIGHWAYS, ROADS & TRAILS
1. Where in the world is Fourpeaks?. (In the upper right hand corner of the USA.)
2. Essex County Highway Map Shows all the roads you'll need to get to Fourpeaks. [CLICK HERE for important Travel Directions.]
3. Fourpeaks Trail Map. Hiking/walking trails and beauty spots on 700 acres. Location map for backcountry camps. [CLICK HERE for complete Trail Notes to accompany map.]
4. Fourpeaks Tree Map. Trail Map with Locator Symbols for our Sugar Maples, Popple (Quaking Aspen), Eastern Pine, White Cedar, Black Spruce, Beech and Hemlock. [CLICK HERE for the complete Guide Visit Our Trees! to accompany map.]
5. Fourpeaks Topographic Maps. Shows Fourpeaks "Hidden Valley" surrounded by our four 2,000-ft. peaks. 34x42 map for sale plus link to MapQuest On-Line version.
6. Map of Stonehouse Road. Take a walk back into history on our pretty one-lane dirt road.
7. Map of Jay NY AuSable River Beauty Spots with 1/4 mile river walk, shoals and islands, swimming holes and the old Covered Bridge.