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.

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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Gothics
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Gothics is truly one of the greatest peaks in the NE, hands down. The views are outstanding, the climbs are packed with memories and the routes are so rugged and demanding, that you can't help but have a great time. This bald summit offers 360 degree...

Upper Wolfjaw Mountain
24-78 Ausable RoadSt Huberts parking area for ADK Trailhead, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

This hike features a treed summit and some steep portions of the trail. Part of the Gothics, Armstrong Mountain, Upper & Lower Wolfjaw Mountain loops, and a great place to stop for lunch. Hiking Don't be fooled by its dramatic "false summit." That...

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

The lowdown Giant is a shortened name for what it was originally referred to as Giant of the Valley, and that's exactly what it is -- a huge landmass that towers over Keene Valley. There are three main routes up Giant with several variations possible,...

Great Falls Loop
Ausable Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking 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...

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...

Jay Mountain
Jay Mountain Road, Jay
(518) 523-2445

In 2012 the DEC opened up a new trail to the west end of the ridge, eliminating the previous steep herd path that was often eroded and very steep. The new trail is a bit longer but it's more gradual with much less erosion. As the trail passes through...

Wright Peak
Heart Lake, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking This Adirondack 46 High Peak is #16 on the list and #1 for wind factor. A B-47 bomber crashed here in 1962, and most of the wreckage remains. Wright peak can also be combined with Algonquin Peak, Rong Peak, and Iroquois Peak for a long day. The...

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...

Pyramid Peak
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Pyramid is not typically a destination peak, but it should be. Pyramid is up over 4000' in elevation and boasts to many the best views in the Adirondacks. But because it is so close to Gothics it cannot be delineated as a 46er High Peak. The...

It is a full day loop with many photo opportunities.
Lost Lookout
Route 73, Keene
(518) 523-2445

Lost Lookout is an amazing loop hike that incorporates Beaver Meadow Falls on one end and Rainbow Falls on the other. But, along with that, there are outstanding views along the short ridge trail as well. This hike is entirely on the private property...

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...

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...