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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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

Wander the ruins of two Revolutionary War era forts. both distinct National Landmarks, on the shores of Lake Champlain. Trail map...
Crown Point, NY
The Nature Trail at the Hamilton County Building Complex in Lake Pleasant is a well maintained trail system. The shaded trail begins behind the Soil & Water Building (behind the tennis courts)...
Lake Pleasant, NY
1850-acre preserve, maintained by The Lake George Land Conservancy. Use orange trail to Thomas Mountain 1.5 miles, along an old logging road. Yellow trail to Cat Mountain for 2.5 miles, also along an...
(6.4 miles, easy) As you walk around the shore of this pretty lake you'll cross a wetland on a boardwalk and pass large white pines, beaches and campground.
Old Forge, NY
(1.8 miles RT, easy) The summit ridge of this mountain is a series of open rock ledges with outstanding views of Silver Lake, Union Falls Pond, Taylor Pond, Catamount and Whiteface Mtn. The trail to...
(7.2 miles RT to old sheep meadow, easy) Located east of NYS Rte. 30 on the Slush Pond Road approximately 4 miles north of Paul Smiths. Walk or ride your bike on these wide dirt roads that traverse a...
(Nature Conservancy preserve) This 900-acre pitch pine-heath barrens is one of the best examples of this natural community in New York. It is home to two rare plants and two rare moths. A short trail...
Clintonville, NY
(2 miles RT, easy)The road into Jabe Pond is open to motor vehicles. A vehicle with high clearance and four wheel drive is recommended. Explore along the shore or by canoe for the best views of the...
(3 miles RT, easy) This is a mostly level walk on an old woods road, marked as a snowmobile trail, to a clearing where you leave the marked trail and follow an unmarked path to the lake.
Arietta, NY
(6.4 miles RT or 7.2 miles RT, moderate) You can access this lake from two trailheads and loop trips are possible. The trail coming in from the north passes some giant boulders just before reaching...
Old Forge, NY
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