Trail Closures

Due to the recent Halloween storm, which brought damaging winds and floods to much of northern New York, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that some trails, parking areas, and access roads are closed due to damage, wash-outs, or blow-down. Check here for more information on specific closures.

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.

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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...

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...

Blueberry Mountain
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Although Blueberry Mountain is a gateway to Porter Mt. and Cascade Mt. it is typically hiked by itself and not in conjunction with the High Peaks. From the Marcy Field trailhead it is 2.5 miles and starts out, for a short distance, along an old woods...

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...

Little Porter Mountain
Garden Parking Area, Keene
(518) 523-2445

NOTE: The trail up Little Porter Mountain from the Garden parking area is closed until further notice. This mountain can be approached from the Marcy Field and Cascade Mountain trailheads. Little Porter is a rocky ledge with an expansive view on the...

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

The lowdown Owl Head Lookout offers great views after an ascent that is steep only for the last few yards. Be prepared Elevation: 2,530 feet Elevation gain: 1,257 feet Distance: 2.6 miles to the lookout This hike is part of a much longer and more...

Clements Pond
Styles Brook Road, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Route Overview From the trailhead you will hike a wonderful trail through a lush forest rife with greens and step ledges. The rocky terrain makes it fun as you approach a most lovely backcountry pond. The trail will bring you to the north end...

Rooster Comb Mountain
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Views from the summit ledge and Valley View Ledge complete a 360 degree panorama of Mt. Marcy and the Johns Brook Valley plus Giant Mt. and the Ausable Valley. The trail offers mostly good footing and is a good choice early in the season or...

Historic Walking Tour of Essex
Essex
(518) 963-7088

The entire village of Essex is on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a walking tour of one of the most intact collection of pre-Civil War village architecture in America. This charmling little town is full of well-preserved 19th century...

Adirondac/Tahawus Mines
County Rt. 25, Newcomb
(518) 523-2445

Hiking The Tahawus Tract & Henderson Lake offer lovely photo opportunities. The historic town of Adirondac housed the workers of the iron mines which once yielded the mysterious wonder metal, titanium. While the mine area itself is not accessible by...

The range includes Round Mountain and Noonmark Mountain.
Round Mountain
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Round Mountain is a seldom visited gem in comparison to other local peaks in the area. With a somewhat aggressive climb to its bald summit, you won't be short for adventure or exhilarating views. If you have the extra in you, use the two trails below...

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...