Don’t end your hike with a parking ticket

To avoid congestion and potentially dangerous situations, parking on the shoulder of Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Rooster Comb trailhead is off limits. Parking on the shoulder of the road near the Cascade Mountain trailhead is also off limits. Shuttles are available.
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Open summits, breathtaking views, and long, steep climbs — a full day or half day hike in the High Peaks is a great way to spend your vacation in the Adirondacks. These hikes usually take 4 - 8 hours and are best for adults and older children as they are longer and typically more challenging hikes, which might not be suitable for the littlest of hikers. We suggest 1 - 2 hour or 2 - 4 hour hikes for kids under 10. 

A popular hike is Giant Mountain, with its trailhead located right off Route 73 just outside of Keene. Whiteface Mountain, our fifth higheset mountain, has a few trailheads to start from and is a hike not to be missed. Browse our other half day and full day hikes below and find one perfect to complete your trip to Lake Placid.

If you're looking for a more challenging hike, consider a full day hike in the Adirondacks and satisfy your wilderness needs.

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.

Phelps Mountain
Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Phelps Mountain is the 32nd highest peak in the Adirondacks. Phelps can be found east of Marcy Dam and north of Mount Marcy. Resting in the heart of the High Peaks Wilderness Area it boasts some of the best views in the park. The hike starts...

A deep valley formed a lake at Fish Hawk Cliffs
Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs are two low summits within the private land of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR). The trails to these summits are open to the public by virtue of a hiking easement, but there is a long approach via a dirt road and...

Porter Mountain
Route 73, Keene
(518) 523-2445

Often climbed with Cascade Mountain, Porter Mountain is a rewarding experience in its own right. Wide views at the summit and usually less crowded than the more popular Cascade. There are three routes to the summit of Porter, one of which is followed...

McKenzie Mountain
Route 86, Ray Brook
(518) 891-1990

Hiking McKenzie Mountain is a 3,861-foot (1,177 m) mountain in western Essex County in the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness area which spans an area of 36,200 acres. It is visible from many locations in Saranac Lake and was formerly known as Saddleback...

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

Note: The parking areas for Giant Mountain often fill quickly, especially in the summer. Consider choosing a less popular, and less crowded, trail. Giant Mountain is just that, a large land mass towering over Keene Valley. Giant is a shortened name...

The view from the summit of Lower Wolfjaw.
Lower Wolfjaw Mountain
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Lower Wolf Jaw is the first High Peak along the Great Range Trail and has five distinct approaches to its summit. LWJ can also be climbed via Bennies Brook Slide which has become a popular route as well. The views are pretty good even though...

A day hike with stunning
Scott and Wallface ponds
1002 Adirondack Loj Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Route Description From the large parking area, walk back to the booth and cross the road to access the trail to Indian Pass. The well-used trail crosses several boardwalks and climbs moderately over rolling hills. With the High Peaks on both...

A bonus waterfalk on the Elk Pass.
Elk Pass
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Elk Pass is an excellent destination to just get out and enjoy nature. It is loaded with wildflowers and outstanding waterfalls in the spring. The pass itself is also a great spot for wildlife viewing of beaver, mink, deer, bob cat and even an...

Eagle Eyrie
Connery Pond Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Eagle Eyrie is a low peak at the north end of Lake Placid that offers a unique view of the Lake and the High Peaks. It can be approached on foot or by boat. The hike starts along an old road and parallels attractive Connery Pond. The trail to...

Pitchoff Mountain
Route 73, Keene
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Note: The parking area for Pitchoff often fills quickly, especially in the summer. Consider choosing a less popular, and less crowded, trail. Pitchoff Mountain is home to one of the only trails in the entire Sentinel Range, the impressive...

Tumbled rocks at the bottom of the falls make different water sounds.
Great Falls Loop
Ausable Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

This hike full of waterfalls includes two great falls, the impressive Beaver Meadows and the grand Rainbow Falls, which is fifteen stories of waterfall which cascades into a deep, short, gorge. There's also other, smaller, falls. However, there is no...

South Dix (Carson Peak)
Route 73, Keene
(518) 523-2445

South Dix is in the process of being renamed Carson Peak, in commemoration of Russell M.L. Carson, a charter member and past president of the Adirondack Mountain Club, and the author of Peaks and People of the Adirondacks, the first authoritative...