Posted on June 18, 2021 and last updated on June 26, 2021

Lead Mountain, near Beddington


  • Preserve Size: N/A
  • Trail Mileage: 1.1 mile one way
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: challenging
  • Sights: warden's cabin, cell tower

Back when this lone mountain, which rises from the flatlands of Hancock and Washington Counties, had a fire tower, it was probably a great hike with impressive views. Now that the fire tower is gone, the strenuous hike doesn’t offer the satisfaction of views on top. There is, however, a dilapidated warden’s shed next to the path. But the little house’s roof is caving in, and it looks dangerous to enter as there are glass shards on the ground.

There’s a cell tower at the summit, and the walking trail follows the rough service road to the summit. It’s pretty clear where it goes, although there are some other old jeep roads that intersect the path. When it forks noticeably about half way up, veer right, and you’ll pass the warden’s cabin soon on your right.

Directions: From Route 9, turn onto CC Road (or 3000 Road on Google maps).Turn left when you see the sign for the cell tower, and drive 1.7 miles down a dirt road until you reach a clearing and a gate.


Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!