4 - 8 Hour Hikes

Full Day & Half Day Hiking Adventure

A full day or half day hike in the high peaks region is a great way to spend your vacation in the Adirondacks. These hikes usually take 4 - 8 hours and are best for adults and older children as they are longer and typically more challenging hikes, which might not be suitable for the littlest of hikers. We suggest 1 - 2 hour or 2 - 4 hour hikes for kids under 10. 

There are a variety of half day to full day hikes in the Adirondacks, so many you can always find a new trail to try! A popular hike is Giant Mountain with a trail head located right off Route 73 just outside of Keene.  Whiteface Mountain, our 5th High Peak, offers access at a few start off points, and is a hike not to be missed. Browse our other half day and full day hikes below and find one perfect to complete your trip to Lake Placid.

Gear Check List

When planning a half or full day of hiking in the High Peaks there are a few things you should be sure to include:

  • Water, and plenty of it, there may be water along the trail, but you shouldn't count on it
  • Water filter or Iodine tablets, are another option, especially on hot days, note: plan to go through more water than you'd expect
  • Sturdy and supportive shoes, don't try to hike in sandals or flip flops
  • Backpack
  • Food for the day
  • Protective clothing, sometimes the tops of the mountains are much cooler than you'd expect, consider brining a waterproof jacket
  • Napkins, toilet paper, plastic bags, and remember to carry out what you bring in
  • Flashlight (or headlamp) with extra bulbs and batteries  and yes, this is a day hike, but for safety sake, it's easy to come down off the mountain later than you intended; making the flashlight indispensable
  • First Aid kit
  • Gloves, in case you reach steep portions and need to use your hands, but also extra warmth may be needed at the summit
  • Camera
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent
  • Extra pair of socks 

If you're looking for a more challenging hike, consider a full day hike in the Adirondacks and satisfy your wilderness needs.

Elk Pass
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Armstrong Mountain
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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McKenzie Mountain
Location: Route 86, Ray Brook, New York
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Giant Mountain
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Elk Pass
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Pitchoff Mountain
Location: Route 73, Keene, New York
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Phelps Mountain
Location: Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid, New York
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Pitchoff Mountain
Location: Route 73, Keene, New York
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Eagle Eyrie
Location: Connery Pond Road, Lake Placid, New York
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Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Eagle Eyrie
Location: Connery Pond Road, Lake Placid, New York
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Porter Mountain
Location: Route 73, Keene, New York
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Wright Peak
Location: Heart Lake, Lake Placid, New York
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Rainbow Falls
Location: Lake Road, Keene Valley, New York
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Wright Peak
Location: Heart Lake, Lake Placid, New York
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Avalanche Lake
Location: Heart Lake, Lake Placid, New York
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McKenzie Mountain
Location: Route 86, Ray Brook, New York
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Lake Arnold
Location: Heart Lake, Lake Placid, New York
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Lost Lookout
Location: Route 73, Keene, New York
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Phelps Mountain
Location: Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid, New York
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Rocky Peak Ridge
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Armstrong Mountain
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Lower Wolfjaw Mountain
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Great Falls Loop
Location: Ausable Road, Lake Placid, New York
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Indian Pass Trail
Location: Heart Lake, Lake Placid, New York
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