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.

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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...

  
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...

  
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...

  
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...

  
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...

  
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...

  
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...

  
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...

  
Beaver Meadow Falls
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Beaver Meadow Falls is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the Adirondacks, but it does require a bit of work to reach it. With a fanned out waterfall feature it cascades a gorgeous white to the Ausable River below. Be sure to read the link on...

  
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...