The 46 Adirondack High Peaks

The Adirondacks: a 6-million-acre, constitutionally protected Forest Preserve.

The name "High Peaks" was given to 46 Adirondack mountains that were higher than 4,000 feet (1,219 m.) Later, it was determined that one peak had been overlooked and four of the original group were actually a little lower than the 4,000 foot elevation. However, the original group designated as the 46 High Peaks of the Adirondacks remained.

All but four of these High Peaks are located in our part of the Adirondacks - in the Lake Placid, Keene-Keene Valley area. The other four are located a bit to the west in Franklin County.

The two highest peaks, Marcy and Algonquin require technical skill and roughly 20 of the Adirondack High Peaks have no official trail to the top. However, on these peaks "heard paths" have developed over the years. Although some are still very primitive, no bushwhacking is required on any of the peaks.

Below we've listed the 46 high peaks and have provided some information about the hikes themselves. However, hikers are urged to secure a good hiking guidebook at one of the area sporting goods stores or the secure the services of an Adirondack Guide.