ATTENTION: NYSDEC-controlled fire towers are open to visitors. Only one household group should be in the fire tower cab, groups should social distance on the summit while waiting to climb to the cab, sanitize hands before and after being on the fire tower, and wear masks.

Hiking in Lake Placid

Home to the largest trail system in the nation, the Adirondacks 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, most of which are 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.

Be prepared

We love our mountains, and think everyone else should too! Please help us protect them by enjoying them responsibly. Before heading out, review Leave No Trace principles, make sure you're prepared for the journey ahead, and familiarize yourself with regulations and weather in the mountains.

Whether you're a visitor or a lifelong resident, the Department of Environmental Conservation is a great resource for more outdoor recreation related information and news.

Get away from the crowds

The High Peaks are beautiful, which means they're also extremely popular. Consider getting away from the crowds by tackling a lesser visited mountain. The views are just as nice and you'll find amazing peacefulness in the quiet woods!

Hikes outside of the High Peaks

Hikes outside of the High Peaks, en Francais

Adventurous Adirondack hikes

Anyone looking for a challenge should try Mount Marcy, the tallest mountain in New York state at 5,344 feet, or choose Mount Haystack for one of the most demanding hikes in the High Peaks Region. Tackling either of these shows that the summit views are worth the trek! Another way to adventure is to complete one of the hiking challenges that feature Lake Placid-area hikes. From the unique ADK 6 Pack to the Lake Placid 9er, earn a patch and bragging rights!

Favorite Lake Placid day hikes

Some of our best hikes are shorter, lower-elevation mountains that offer stunning views without taking the entire day to complete. Try Baxter Mountain or Balanced Rocks — both are great family hikes or perfect for a quick jaunt with friends.  

Backpack the Adirondacks

The Adirondacks are 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, we love to head into town for a cold beer and a hot shower!

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 people seek, skilled area Adirondack Guides can help anyone find the right fit to plan that perfect day!

Hiking Highlight Map

Hiking in the Elizabethtown/Keene Area

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

Seven Principles of Leave No Trace