4 - 8 Hour Hikes

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.

South Dix (Carson Peak)
Location: Route 73, Keene, New York
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Great Falls Loop
Location: Ausable Road, Lake Placid, New York
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Algonquin Peak
Location: Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid, New York
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Big Slide
Location: Garden Trailhead, Keene Valley, New York
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Wright Peak
Location: Heart Lake, Lake Placid, New York
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Upper Wolfjaw Mountain
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Scott and Wallface ponds
Location: 1002 Adirondack Loj Rd, Lake Placid, New York
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Rainbow Falls
Location: Lake Road, Keene Valley, New York
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Pitchoff Mountain
Location: Route 73, Keene, New York
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Lower Wolfjaw Mountain
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Eagle Eyrie
Location: Connery Pond Road, Lake Placid, New York
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Porter Mountain
Location: Route 73, Keene, New York
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Avalanche Lake
Location: Heart Lake, Lake Placid, New York
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Rocky Peak Ridge
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Jay Mountain
Location: Jay Mountain Road, Jay, New York
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Elk Pass
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Whiteface Mountain
Location: 5021 Route 86, Wilmington, New York
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Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Phelps Mountain
Location: Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid, New York
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Theodore Roosevelt (TR) Mountain
Location: Adirondack Loj Rd, Lake Placid, New York
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Lost Lookout
Location: Route 73, Keene, New York
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Giant Mountain
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Indian Pass Trail
Location: Heart Lake, Lake Placid, New York
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Weston, Lost Pond, Nun-da-ga-o
Location: Route 73, Keene, New York
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Lake Arnold
Location: Heart Lake, Lake Placid, New York
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