Hiking in the Adirondacks

Whether hiking the Adirondack High Peaks or enjoying a day trip - the beauty from an Adirondack summit will take your breath away.
Hiking Ampersand Mountain

A view of the Adirondack Lakes Region.

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I MADE IT!

Making it to the top of Mt. Marcy!

Kellie Scrim
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Hike to Breathtaking Adirondack Views

Mountains have the power to enchant and to excite. To awaken a passion for wild places and a longing for the thrill of wide open wilderness. In the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York, adventure beckons from time-worn hiking trails that offer both solace and discovery at each turn. More than 2,000 miles of Adirondack trails wind along forested paths, skip along waterfalls, leading to summits with 360 degree views that extend as far as the eye can see. If magic exists - its enchantment begins in the mountains.

Hike the 46 Adirondack High Peaks

The 46 peaks that make up the Adirondack High Peaks are each over (or at least pretty close to) 4,000', and can be mostly found in the Lake Placid Region. Each offers a unique hiking experience, and it is possible to get two or three peaks done during a single day. Challenge yourself to hike all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks, enjoying beautiful vistas and challenging terrain along the way. You will meet amazing people along the trails, happy to share their tips and tricks with you as you check each peak off your list.

Hiking Options for All Abilities

Not everyone can hike to Mount Marcy's summit - the highest point in all of New York State. Several trails within the Adirondack Park provide handicap accessible options so that everyone can enjoy the rugged beauty of the mountains. Download our FREE Adirondack Great Walks & Day Hikes Guide, a great resource for hikers regardless of skill level. Find the perfect hike for your group, whether it's a leisurely stroll near a quiet lake or a more advanced trail along a waterfall.

From the lowlands in the Adirondack Tughill region, to the island hikes of the Saranac Lake Chains, and the Lake Champlain coast line. From the famed 46 High Peaks Wilderness area stretching from Keene Valley to Lake Placid - there's no better place to fall in love with the wilderness than at the summit of a mountain in the heart of a six-million-acre park. Adirondack hiking books and maps are available to help you on your trek.

Plan Your Hiking Trip to the Adirondacks

Explore hiking options with descriptions of many less-traveled Adirondack hikes, and a list of nearby accommodations and attractions to help you start planning your Adirondack hiking adventure. Additional Adirondack trail information can always be found on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Adirondack Trail Information page.

Hiking Listings

(5 miles RT, easy) Walk to views of "the gulf" - a spectacular geological formation with a deep, 100-foot vertical drop and a 2.5 acre glacial pond.
(13.5 mile trail system, easy) Burn Road, formerly used for logging, is the main access trail to viewpoints and campsites along the north shore of Little Tupper Lake. Side trails lead to several...
Long Lake, NY
(2.4 miles RT, easy) This route follows a distinct old road to the site of an 1877 farmstead and plantation foundations are still visible amidst the trees. A short side trail leads to Elizabeth Point...
Visit over 30 French and Indian War-era sites and historical markers in the immediate village area including Fort William Henry (518-668-5471) with its commanding view overlooking beautiful Lake...
Jimmy Creek contains 2 lovely, small waterfalls and both are a short walk in from Rte. 8. This falls is very picturesque for its small size, and less than 200 yards from the road. You'll find a...
Wells, NY
(1 mile RT, easy) This walk culminates at a wide ten-foot waterfall on Otter Creek. There are some additional falls above and below this point, and a large pool at the base of the falls. The open...
Over 65 miles of interconnecting trails offer easy walks of varying duration on a series of old sandy roads and forest paths. You'll wind through spirea flats and wooded areas, accessing several...
(15.1 miles, moderately difficult) This hike traverses interesting terrain, including a few beaver dams and extensive blowdown, to a scenic waterfall and camping area on the Oswegatchie River. Cat...
(1.8 mile loop, easy) A beautiful stream and cascades are located beside the picnic area where a short nature trail begins. The loop trail has signposts highlighting points of interest and a short ....
This is a great hike to avery interesting and unusual geological chimney formation surrounded with a maze of caves and crevices near the summit. Expert spelunkers and amateur geologists will find...
Indian Lake, NY
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