Don’t end your hike with a parking ticket

To avoid congestion and potentially dangerous situations, parking on the shoulder of Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Rooster Comb trailhead is off limits. Parking on the shoulder of the road near the Cascade Mountain trailhead is also off limits. Shuttles are available. read more

A trip to the Adirondacks isn't complete without experiencing one of our hiking trails. They're accessible year round, and there are hundreds of miles of paths to explore. Some people flock here for the big mountains but our short hikes are a great place to start, especially if you're new to hiking. 

Be prepared

We love our mountains, and you 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.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is a great resource for more outdoor recreation related information.

Short, sweet, and what a view!

Many of our short hikes offer up a great outdoor experience that's complete with a beautiful view — check out the top of Cobble, and you'll be amazed that you're still right in the village of Lake Placid! There are a variety of walking and easy hiking options for you and your family to enjoy in the Lake Placid Region — find your favorite and make some great family memories! 

So get out there and stretch your legs, get in touch with nature, explore something new and go home saying you hiked in the Adirondacks.

If you're looking for hikes and mountains that are a little more challenging, check out some of the 2 to 4 hour hikes that the Adirondacks are known for.

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Penfield Pond Trail
6482 Main StreetPOB 193, Westport
(518) 962-2287

(1 mi RT, easy) Trailhead on Old Ironville Rd, 0.2 mi east of Penfield Museum. Cross creek, follow trail into woods, climbs hill above brook, goes along east shore of Penfield Pond.

Heaven Hill Trails
Bear Cub Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Route Overview One of the perfect things about the Adirondacks' newest trail system is the variety of options. There are three main loops and all of the paths are relatively flat and accessible. The Big Field Loop is 0.9 miles long and leads through...

Big Crow
Route 73, Keene
(518) 523-2445

While steep in spots, this short, 0.7 mile hike from Crow Clearing to the 2,815 foot summit of Big Crow offers one of the Adirondacks' best views for the least effort. The views include the valley of the East Branch of the Ausable River and 28 of the...

Rocky Falls is a gem of a hike.
Rocky Falls
Heart Lake, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

This is a gentle walk to a lovely, miniature waterfall. This hike's charm is the easy route and the lovely setting. At the Adirondack Loj, follow signs to the Indian Pass trail, which first proceeds along the shore of Heart Lake and then heads to the...

Stag Brook Falls
5021 New York 86, Wilmington
(518) 946-2255

Stag Brook Falls is an excellent couple hours of hiking along an attractive brook with numerous waterfalls and cascades. Picnic benches, nature signs, and swimming are available along the way. Primary Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 73 and...

Balanced Rocks
Route 73, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Note: The parking area for Pitchoff often fills quickly, especially in the summer. Consider choosing a less popular, and less crowded, trail. The Balanced Rocks are located 1.6 miles up the trail to Pitchoff Mountain. The 2.7-mile long Pitchoff...

Roaring Brook Falls
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Keep the river to the right and you will arrive at the base of Roaring Brook Falls. Slides from 1963 widened this site to the spectacular look it has today. Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead: Route 73, 3.3 miles South of the High Peaks sign in...

Moose Pond
Route 3, Bloomingdale
(518) 891-1990

The trail to this pretty pond is an old dirt road and combines gentle climbs with sections that are virtually flat. It is the perfect easy hike, ski, or snowshoe with the additional possibility of an easy camping trip. After crossing the footbridge...

Giant's Nubble
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

The first mile follows the Zander Scott Ridge Trail toward Giant Mountain's summit. After a stiff climb, the path passes a nice view of the Chapel Pond slab -- it's a lovely spot for a breather. After the view, a short straightaway ends at Giant's...

Owen, Copperas, and Winch Ponds
Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

These three ponds are located in the Sentinel Range and offer excellent loop opportunities. There are two trails that lead into the area and either can be used to create a loop to the three ponds. Copperas Pond offers great camping potentials with a...

Mt. Jo
Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

The lowdown A great mountain for families and beginners, Mt. Jo's open summit ledges provide one of the best views of the High Peaks for relatively little effort. There are two trails to the top so it's easy to make a loop hike out of this adventure...

Silver Lake Mountain
Silver Lake Rd11 mi. west of Ausable Forks, Westville
(518) 946-2255

Hiking Silver Lake Mountain is a great "bang for your buck" destination. This short trail is perfect for the entire family and offers some outstanding views out over Taylor Pond, Union Falls Pond, Silver Lake, Catamount and Whiteface Mountain's...