Baker Mountain is a very popular and short hike as it is basically in the village of Saranac Lake, and is really accessible in the area.
The most difficult thing about Baker Mtn. is perhaps finding the trail-head. From Route 3 I took Mckenzie Pond Road to Forest Hill Avenue on the left. Follow Forest Hill Avenue (aka, Moody Pond Road) for a bit over 0.5 miles to the Baker Mountain Trail-head which will be on the left at the north end of Moody pond.
You will start climbing almost immediately. The trail is a bit steep but offers great views as you ascend further. At 0.6 miles from the trail-head, an intersection offers part of an upper mountain loop. Left is a less aggressive climb and avoids the steep ledges that can be found if you head right. Both finish at the summit of Baker. The loop makes for a great hike option.
The summit of Baker offers great views over the Village of Saranac Lake, the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Area and some of the High Peaks.
1.3 miles round trip.
Ascent: 884 (270 m)
Elevation: 2452 (747 m)