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.
"High Peaks"

My son Zac and I Near the summit of Cascade Mountain on a beautiful New Years Eve day.

Peter Bell
ADK Ladies Showing off the Patch

The ADK Ladies, who hike the winter peaks together, proudly show off their new ADK patch while hiking in the Dix Range.

Harley on Buck Mountain, Lake George NY

Harley loves to hike and this was his favorite of all times! Unfortunately he can't make it up mountains anymore, but this picture will always show him at his happiest!

Cheryl Gilberti

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

(3.4 miles RT, easy) This is a popular and easily reached lookout over northern Lake George.
This very short, flat hike brings you through a beautiful forest, and ends at Rock Lake where views of the distant mountains are seen. This area is a birders paradise. 
Indian Lake, NY
(2 miles RT, easy) Take in the view from the recently restored 1918 steel fire tower. The restored observer's cabin houses a small museum. The trail and tower are closed during big-game rifle season...
Explore the site of the Oregon Tannery, one the largest in the Adirondacks, and the remains of the Hudnut Estate and gardens. Take a walk along the estate road and beside the scenic gorge-like...
(.8 miles RT to falls, easy) The Grass River is known for its waterfalls; this 60-foot waterfall is one of its largest and most accessible.
(5.7 miles, easy) This trail system, used primarily for cross-country skiing, is intersected by numerous backroads that provide many different options for walks of various durations. There is a...
System contains over 18 miles of marked foot trails. Access to trails on Rt 9N about 10 miles north of Bolton Landing. Clay Meadow trail at top of Tongue Mountain Hwy (Rt.9N). Be aware of...
Bolton Landing, NY
The history of the Kunjamuk Cave is uncertain. Many stories have been told of it's origin, but have not been confirmed by any county historians. In any case, the mystery surround the cave is part of...
Speculator, NY
Here is a treat for those who don't have the time or the ability to walk great distances to observe an old growth forest. A portion of the remote Powley-Piseco road traverses a stand of old-growth...
Arietta, NY
(1 mile RT, easy) Located 10 miles south of Malone on NYS Rte. 30. Look for the DEC trail sign. This woodland trail leads to an isolated hilltop with views to the north of Lake Titus and Titusville...
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