It's the perfect day — lunch on a mountain followed by a satisfying dinner in town. The best thing about half-day hikes is finding yourself someplace scenic with plenty of time to enjoy the view before the sun sets. 

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.

A little bit of effort goes a long way

We can't say these hikes are easy, but they wil take you to some pretty amazing places. Get you up close and personal with one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the Adirondacks at Beaver Meadow Falls, or hike to Whiteface Landing and go swimming in Lake Placid, then contemplate whether you're up for the steep ascent of Whiteface Mountain, New York's fifth highest peak. If Whiteface seems like a bit much, try Hurricane Mountain

If 2 to 4 hours is stretching it, try some easier 1 to 2 hour hikes, or check out our 4 to 8 hour hikes if you .want something more challenging.

Leave No Trace

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

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Cascade Mountain
Route 73, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

The lowdown The parking area for Cascade often fills quickly, especially in the summer. Consider choosing a less popular, and less crowded, trail. Although steep in spots, Cascade Mountain is a relatively short hike to outstanding panoramic views of...

Whiteface Landing
Off Route 86, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking It's a 2.5 mile hike one way to Whiteface Landing. The trail starts at the left side of the trailhead parking area and soon climbs moderately away from the pond and the private camps on the pond before descending to the shore of the pond at 0.4...

Mt. Van Hoevenberg
South Meadows Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Mount Van Hoevenberg is also home of the Olympic bobsled and luge run, which is on the opposite side of the mountain from the hiking trail. The path leaves the trailhead and remains mostly level until it gradually descends to a large, scenic...

Klondike Notch
South Meadows Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking This is considered a moderate trail with some steep stretches. It lets a skier experience the lovely scenery from Adirondack Loj to Johns Brook Lodge if they wish. The Lodge is 6.3 miles from the beginning. The top of the notch is reached in 4....

Bloomingdale Bog Trail
Route 86, Saranac Lake
(518) 523-2445

Hiking An abandoned railroad right-of-way provides easy access to a scenic bog - full of birds, conifers and unique plants - with distant views of surrounding mountains. Pine forests surround the northern portion of the route. Intersections with...

Cathedral Rocks and Pyramid Falls Loop
Route 73, Keene
(518) 523-2445

This loop can be a wonderful family hike with some interesting natural features and fun terrain. Hikers must remember, however, that this entire hike is on the private property of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (a.k.a. the Ausable Club). One must...

Noonmark Mountain
24-78 Ausable RdSt. Huberts Parking Area, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Noonmark is one of the higher mountains in the Adirondacks and is part of the Adirondack 100-highest peaks. With outstanding views and fun climbing experiences this tends to be a very popular hike in the summer and fall. Combine the two trails below...

This hike can offers different routes for the skill level you seek.
Snow Mountain and Deer Brook Falls
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Snow is an excellent family destination with outstanding views and many hiking options to create an excellent day in the woods. From difficult to easy terrain, depending on your choice of approach, you can make the hike what you want and even create a...

Bear Den Mountain
5021 Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

Bear Den Mountain is one of those hidden peaks that gets very little attention, but should be high on everyone's list to check out. It's located above the Ausable River and is essentially part of the Whiteface Mountain Ski Area. While no ski trails...

Scarface Mountain
Raybrook Road, Ray Brook
(518) 891-1990

Scarface is one of the local hikes in the Saranac Lake Region that is designated as one of the Saranac Lake 6ers. However, it gets much little use in comparison to the others on the list. With a fun and unique climb, Scarface makes for an excellent...

Owl Head Lookout
Route 73, Keene Valley
(866) 843-5253

Owl Head Lookout offers great views after an ascent that is steep only for the last few yards. From the parking area you will begin following a dirt driveway for a short distance before dropping into the woods. From here you will have the pleasure of...

Haystack gives a great view from the rocky summit.
Haystack Mountain
Route 86, Ray Brook
(518) 523-2445

This out and back hike is an outstanding hike for the entire family and a great introduction to the area for those new to hiking. (This Haystack should not be confused with the High Peak, Mount Haystack, located near Mount Marcy.) Primary Trailhead...