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 will 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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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...

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

This steep trail ascends the shoulder of Phelps Mountain before topping out at Klondike Notch. One can descend the other side of the notch and arrive at Johns Brook Lodge in the Johns Brook Valley. Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Many skiers...

  
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...

  
Cooper Kiln Pond
Route 431, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

Cooper Kiln Pond lies in the valley between Morgan Mountain and Wilmington Peak. The pond sits nestled in the mountains with a somewhat heavily treed shoreline. There are a few rocky outcroppings opening up views out over the placid body of water. 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...

  
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...

  
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...

  
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...

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

Snowshoeing A good trail for a beginner who wants a summit trail. 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 Mountain and the Ausable Valley. The trail...

  
Little Porter Mountain
12942 NY-73Marcy Field, 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...

  
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. Snowshoeing This makes for a challenging snowshoe with...

  
Catamount Mountain
Forestdale Road, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Catamount Mountain in one of the more popular gems of the Whiteface Region and should not go unvisited by anyone. With its two open summits it affords spectacular views of the entire region. In season, the blueberries are nearly as spectacular...