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

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...
The first structure on Owls Head was a wooden tower erected by the Commission Corps in September of 1922. In 1919 it was replaced witha 35' standard Steel Aermotor LS40 tower. With the event of...
Long Lake, NY
This falls, located on a tributary into Death Stream, cascades almost 70 feet over a broad faced cliff. Although the best viewing is during high water, this easily assessable falls takes only 5+...
Raquette Lake, NY
(2 mile loop, easy) Gentle switchbacks take you up a forested ridge with a rocky lookout providing views to the north and west. The St. Regis Flow and the Santa Clara Flow can both be seen and Azure...
Open to the public October 1, 2013, this 250 foot waterfall is the tallest in the Adirondack Park and one of the tallest in all of New York State.The trail to OK Slip Falls in the Hudson Gorge...
Indian Lake, NY
(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...
(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...
(.8 miles RT and .6 miles RT respectively, easy) Follow NYS Rte. 3 southwest from Saranac Lake for approximately 11 miles. A scenic, dirt backroad leads through pines to the trailheads for these two...
(8 mile trail network, easy) The network of trails begins near the nature center where you'll find a sign with a map of the area. Most of the trails lead to spectacular views of Lake Champlain and,...
Beekmantown, NY
(admission fee to museum) Beautifully situated on a wooded promontory of Lake George, the Marcella Sembrich opera studio-museum offers a lovely walk around well-maintained grounds with spectacular...
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