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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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...

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...

Bald Peak
Route 9, Elizabethtown
(866) 843-5253

Trailhead: Leave Lake Placid on Route 73, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Drive through Keene, Keene Valley and Saint Huberts. Take a left onto Route 9 toward Elizabethtown. Continue for 5 miles to the trailhead on the left. This is an 8 mile RT with...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Blueberry Mountain
Route 73, Keene Valley

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...