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.
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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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Severance Hill
Rte 9, Schroon Lake
(518) 523-2445

Also known as Mount Severance because it's a great bunch of views for relatively low effort. This 2.4 mile round trip hike offers views of Schroon Lake and Pharaoh Mountain for relatively little effort. Most hikers can complete this route in an hour....

The top of Cascade Falls is the summit of the cliffs.
Cascade Falls
Route 73, Keene
(518) 523-2445

Cascade Falls is the site of the #7 slide on Cascade Mountain. For a great many years only a small scar marked the gully on Cascade Mountain until Hurricane Irene came through and opened up the slide track to look like a #7, whose tail proceeds all...

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...

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...

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...

First ice on the edge of Echo Lake.
Echo Lake
Mount Whitney RoadLake Placid, Lake Placid
(518) 523-3441

From the parking area, follow the trail and turn left on the Long Trail. You will descend back down along an old road and eventually reach a foot trail to the south shore of Echo Lake. The lake is quite small, and the best views are at the far end. At...

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...

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...

Peninsula Nature Trails
Brewster Peninsula Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking The Brewster Peninsula Trails are located on the shores of Lake Placid and are tucked back on a dirt road. The DEC has worked to use old access roads and selected new trails to develop this year-round destination for short, fun afternoon outings.

Baxter Mountain
Route 9N, Keene
(518) 523-2445

Baxter Mountain offers outstanding views and great blueberry picking in season, making it an excellent hike for the entire family. It's a mostly moderate, 1.2 mile hike to the first summit. The path begins at a moderate grade as it passes under a...

Wickham Marsh Wildlife Area
Route 373, Keeseville
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Carry a map and compass on this trail system, as it can be easy to get turned around. Trailhead There are three location that you can access the trail system; Route 373 Trailhead From the intersection of Route 373 and Route 9 north of...

This little spur trail has a lot to offer.
Bear Run
Route 73, Keene
(518) 523-2445

Primary Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid follow Route 73 toward Keene. Drive through Keene and Keene Valley and Into St. Huberts. Locate the High Peaks Trailhead for the AMR on the right and park here. Bear Run...