The trailhead for Pillsbury Mountain is located in a remote area of backcountry some 6 miles of dirt roads off of Route 30. Just north of Mason Lake, take a sharp left turn onto a seasonal dirt road(Perkins Clearing Road) and follow it for 3.3 miles to a junction marked with a signpost. Turn right here, following the signs towards Pillsbury Mountain. Another 1.8 miles leads to an area known as Sled Harbor. Some people park here and hike in the remaining 1.2 miles on the access road to the trailhead. The road appeared to be in decent shape so I drove it, being very cautious, with no issues. I have almost no clearance with my car, so I would say that in the summer there shouldn't be any problems making it for most cars.
I was quite surprised to see about 7 or 8 cars there when I arrived at the parking lot. I signed in at the register and began my hike, passing the sign indicating 1.6 miles to the summit.
Once across the Miami River(which is much more like a brook), the trail climbs up and into a hardwood forest. Parts of the trail here are quite crowded with spring growth.
The trail ascends pretty steadily all the way, but is never overly difficult. Just under a mile into the hike, I found a small view through the trees.
Much of the trail is fairly typical of an Adirondack hike, with mud, rocks and roots.
Climbing up into a dark, cool forest with the winds picking up.
The enclosed cab at the top of the fire tower is closed, but you can climb up to the top flight of stairs with panoramic 360 degree views. Here is the view south towards what I believe is Little Moose Pond.
Clouds and light rain made my decision to go home an easy one. I stopped by at a quiet spot along Perkins Clearing Road where a large, picturesque beaver swamp sits beside the road. This area of the Adirondacks has such a remote feeling to it. I love it.