Hiking Trails in the Adirondacks

Home to the largest trail system in the nation, the Adirondack Park offers some of the best hiking in the East with over 2,000 miles of marked hiking trails. Most notable among these are the region’s trails leading to the 46 High Peaks, each over 4,000 feet. With so many mountains and trails to choose from, it's no surprise that hiking and climbing are favorites among Lake Placid’s outdoor activities.

Mt Marcy Summit - Adirondack High Peaks

Adventurous Adirondack hikes

Looking for a challenge? Try Mount Marcy, the tallest mountain in New York State, at 5,344 feet, or Mount Haystack, one of the most demanding hikes in the High Peaks Region. Tackle either of these and you’ll see, the summit views are worth the trek!

For a daring Adirondack adventure, try bushwhacking on your next hiking trek.

Favorite Lake Placid day hikes

Looking for a hike that doesn’t take the entire day? The Adirondack Park is home to a number of day hikes that will leave you time and energy to enjoy the rest of what the area has to offer – and with a view! Try Cascade Mountain – a local favorite and one of the easiest of the High Peaks to climb known for its spectacular panoramic vista. Or for some of the region’s shorter hikes that don’t lack in views, try Owl’s Head, Cobble Hill or Balanced Rocks – all great for family hikes or quick jaunts with friends.  

Backpack the Adirondacks

The Adirondack Park is a prime backpacking destination with over six-million-acres that offer a variety of backcountry camping and lean-to locations. After a few nights of sleeping under the stars, treat yourself to a hot shower and relaxing stay in one of Lake Placid’s many comfortable hotels.

Map out the perfect hike

The Lake Placid Region is home to great Adirondack hikes for every family member and ability level – and no matter what kind of outing you seek, skilled area Adirondack Guides can help you find the right fit to plan that perfect day!

Hiking Highlight Map

Hiking in the Elizabethtown/Keene Area

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