Trail Closures

Due to the recent Halloween storm, which brought damaging winds and floods to much of northern New York, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that some trails, parking areas, and access roads are closed due to damage, wash-outs, or blow-down. Check here for more information on specific closures.

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.

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...

Whiteface Mountain
5021 Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

Hiking The views from Whiteface encompass all sides and include the Green Mountains of Vermont, the skyscrapers in Montreal on a very clear day, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire on an even clearer day. This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 5...

Lake Arnold has an interesting shoreline.
Lake Arnold
Heart Lake, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Lake Arnold is a small body of water located at almost 3800' in elevation, making it one of the highest bodies of water in the Adirondack Park. If one were so inclined they could possibly throw a rock to the opposite end. The hike follows along the...

Weston, Lost Pond, Nun-da-ga-o
Route 9N, Keene
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Get a lot of varied terrain with Weston Mountain, Lost Pond, and Nun-Da-Ga-O Ridge. Nun-Da-Ga-O Ridge is a classic hike over a ridge with continual overlooks and one not to be missed. While the trail is a bit obscure in areas, this offers some...

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...

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...

Big Slide
Garden Trailhead, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

The lowdown This is a moderately difficult hike over open rock and steep terrain, but the views of the Great Range, especially from The Brothers, can't be beat. Parking is limited at the popular Garden parking area, which fills early in the summer, so...

Macomb Mountain
675 Elk Lake Rd, North Hudson
(518) 523-2445

Macomb is one of the most exciting climbs in the Dix Range and is often climbed by itself, but it can also be combined with other parts of the range for a longer outing. The Dix Range also includes South Dix (Carson Peak), Hough Peak, and Grace Peak...

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...

Avalanche Lake
Heart Lake, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Avalanche Pass is usually approached from the Adirondack Loj. But it can also be approached from the Upper Works, and when the two are combined make for an excellent through hike. Hiking Below both routes are described for those who want to hike the...

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...

Esther Mountain
Reservoir Lane, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

Esther is often climbed with Whiteface Mountain. Esther was named after Esther McComb who at the age of 15 made the first recorded ascent of the peak. Esther is a High Peak located off the shoulder of Whiteface Mountain, a much bigger sister peak, and...