Our famous 46ers—New York's 46 peaks that reach above 4,000 feet—draw ambitious hikers to the High Peaks. But day hikes also complement your mountain routine. Start Saturday morning in Saranac Lake with a quick jaunt up 2,452-foot Mt. Baker (1.8 miles round trip), then swing downtown to Riverside Park for vine-ripened tomatoes, lush kale, and raw milk cheese from the farmers market. Savor Lake Champlain views from Rattlesnake Mountain's 1,316-foot summit (3 miles round trip) on an afternoon hike, and head 10 miles north to Ausable Brewing Company. There, pair a Plowman's Lunch pilsner with a spiced Indian chickpea crepe from the Northern Feast food truck parked out front.
A detour from the High Peaks rewards hikers with empty summits and panoramic views. Blue Mountain overlooks the lake and hamlet of the same name in the southern Adirondacks. A two-mile scramble delivers trekkers to a 3,760-foot summit capped by a relic fire tower, plus a look at wild forest interrupted only by pristine lakes. Just 25 miles southwest, past Indian Lake, a 2.8-mile ascent tops out on Chimney Mountain. After you soak in 360-degree views, peek into the cave system beneath the summit.