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

Paul Smith's College VIC (Visitor Interpretive Center) in Paul Smiths, New York offers environmental education and tourist orientation. There are miles of scenic, surfaced trails complemented by...
Paul Smiths, NY
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...
(2 miles RT, moderate) Located off the Blue Mountain Rd., take NYS Rte. 458 to the Blue Mountain Rd. and travel approximately 7 miles to the trailhead on the right. Off the beaten track, this...
(8.5 miles RT, easy) Marked as cross-country ski trails, this area provides an interesting walk through stands of old-growth timber, some with over 42 inch diameters, to a scenic lean-to on the shore...
Most of the homes in this community were built prior to 1940 when Saranac Lake was a major tuberculosis treatment center. Settled in 1827, the village has 170 buildings listed on the National...
(Route 28N about 1.7 miles north of Minerva) The trail to the Blue Ledges ends up at a beautiful spot on the Hudson River on the bank opposite the tall cliffs called the Blue Ledges. The cliffs...
Indian Lake, NY
Throughout Lake George Watershed preserve. Sixteen miles of hiking trails, novice to advanced, open to the public. Visit the office at 4905 Lake Shore Drive in Bolton Landing for trail guides,...
Bolton Landing, NY
(various, easy) No public use from June 15 to August 31. Over 20 miles of trails wind beside 10 lakes and through forests. The area is best known for its extensive peatland or bog. Walk along the...
This hike requires a canoe paddle to the trailhead. Put in at the Indian Lake Islands boat ramp, and canoe the 3.3 mile (one way) to the landing on John Mack Bay, just past a small island near...
Indian Lake, NY
(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
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