8+ Hour Hikes

8+ Hour Hikes in the Adirondack High Peaks 

Challenging yourself to a full day High Peaks hiking experience offers many rewards and a sure to be memorable experience. Full day hikes in the Adirondacks are a great start if you’re on your way to becoming a 46'er or even if you’re interested in hiking just a few of the highest peaks in New York State.

Be prepared 

A full day hike in the Adirondacks is an adventure however is typically more extensive hiking. Although we suggest to bring your cell phone, be aware you may or may not have service on your hike; this is relevant not only in an emergency but also if you plan to use your phone for GPS. It’s also important to check with the DEC prior to hiking a particular trail and to sign in with your name, number of hikers, date and time at the start of the trail head.

Full day hiking gear 

Be sure to check the checklist found on the 4-8 hour hike page for hiking essentials. There are more items you should consider carrying when embarking on a full day hike for safety, comfort and of course opportunity:

The Adirondack Hiking Essentials

1. Navigation

  • Sign in at the trail head
  • Map of your route
  • Area trail guide book or maps
  • Compass
  • GPS 

2. Don't get burned- bring sun protection

  •  Sunscreen
  •  Lip balm
  •  Sunglasses

3. Proper clothing and insulation

  • Jacket, vest, pants, gloves, hat
  • See Clothing below based on season/weather

4. Don't get left in the dark

  • Flash light or head lamp with an optional spare
  • Extra batteries for any equipment

5. First-aid supplies

  • A complete First-aid kit 

6. Be prepared with fire essentials

  • Matches or lighter
  • Waterproof container
  • Fire starter for an emergency survival fire
  • Remember to never leave a fire unattended and to be sure it is completely out before abandoning the site

7. Tools and supplies

  • Knife, Swiss army or a multi-use pocket tool 
  • Kits for stove, mattress; duct tape strips

8. Keep energy up with proper nutrition

  • Energy food (bars, gels, chews, trail mix)
  • Energy beverages or drink mixes
  • Lunch
  • Extra day's supply of food

9. Stay hydrated- always bring enough water

  • Water bottles, camel back or  another portable hydration system
  • Electrolyte tablets or powder
  • Water filter or other treatment system

10. Emergency shelter

  • Tent, tarp, bivy and a reflective blanket
  • More than the 10 hiking essentials
  • Multifunction watch with altimeter
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles
  • Insect repellent and a head net
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer or hand wipes
  • Two-way radios
  •  Camera
  • Cell or satellite phone
  • Interpretive field guides for fauna and wildlife
  • Post-hike snacks, water, towel, clothing change
  • Trash bag for clean up
  • Swim suits

Warm weather clothing options

  • Moisture Wicking T-shirt and underwear
  • Quick-drying pants or shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirt both for bugs and sun protection
  • Hat with a brim or neck cover for sun-shielding 
  • Fleece jacket or cover up with insulation
  • Bandanna, head scarf or buff

Cool weather clothing options

  • Thermal moisture wicking long-sleeve T-shirt
  • Long underwear
  • Hats, face mask or cover up
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Jacket providing insulation, temperature based
  • Rain jacket and waterproof pants
  • Insulated winter pants weather dependent

For winter hiking check out our cold weather preparedness blog and winter essential gear guide.

Proper footwear

  • Hiking boots or shoes suited to terrain, preferably with ankle protection
  • Synthetic or wool socks and a second pair
  • Gaiters
  • Sandals (for river fording, trip home)
  • Crampons for ice

 When in doubt, be sure to hire an experienced Adirondack guide who will ensure your safety. 

Macomb Mountain
Location: Elk Lake Rd, North Hudson, New York
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Mount Donaldson
Location: Coreys Road, Tupper Lake, New York
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Cliff Mountain
Location: Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid, New York
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East Dix
Location: Route 73, Keene, New York
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Panther Peak
Location: Upper Works, Newcomb, New York
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Mount Colden
Location: Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid, New York
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Saddleback Mountain
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Allen Mountain
Location: County Route 25, Newcomb, New York
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Mount Colden
Location: Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid, New York
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Mount Haystack
Location: The Garden, Keene Valley, New York
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Santanoni Peak
Location: Upper Works, Newcomb, New York
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Mount Haystack
Location: The Garden, Keene Valley, New York
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Mount Colvin
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Sawteeth
Location: Route 73, Keene, New York
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Mount Redfield
Location: Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid, New York
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Gray Peak
Location: Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid, New York
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Dial Mountain
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Mount Colvin
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Cliff Mountain
Location: Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid, New York
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Nippletop
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Blake Peak
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Iroquois Peak
Location: Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid, New York
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Panther Peak
Location: Upper Works, Newcomb, New York
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Hough Peak
Location: Route 73, Keene, New York
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Nye Mountain
Location: Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid, New York
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