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 the Ampersand Mtn

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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Laura Miller

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

This especially interesting section of East Canada Creek has a series of waterfalls, chutes and potholes. The area is a beautiful spot for a picnic and is easily accessed via a short walk upstream.
Arietta, NY
(5 mile loop, easy) This interesting trail winds around rock outcrops and leads to a series of picturesque rock-encircled lakes, each with its own lean-to, and to a 40-foot bluff overlooking...
(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...
(3 mile RT canoe and 3.2 mile RT hike, difficult) From Paul Smiths follow NYS Rte. 30 south to Lake Clear. Continue on NYS Rte. 30 to Saranac Inn. Turn right onto Floodwood Road and follow for...
(1.5 mile loop, easy) This interesting nature trail system explores a wetland habitat. There is a viewing platform, ten interpretive stops and three boardwalks that traverse the marsh and open water...
Arietta, NY
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
(4.2 miles RT, easy, entrance fee to state campground) This is a fun and educational walk across a section of Bear Mountain swamp that includes two 250-foot-long boardwalks and 34 numbered stops....
Steep in places. The trailhead begins off short blacktop road at state camp just North of Lewey Lake outlet on Rt. 30. Lean-to on Cedar River at 6.9 mi. The Trail connects to Northville-Lake Placid...
Indian Lake, NY
(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...
(1.5 miles RT, easy) The trail to this popular destination is well worn and occasionally steep. An open grassy area and ledges provide spectacular views across Piseco Lake to Spy Lake and the Silver...
Piseco, NY
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