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.

Big, bold, and beautiful, the Adirondack High Peaks have been a magnet for explorers for more than 150 years. The original list of High Peaks included the 46 Adirondack mountains that were higher than 4,000 feet in elevation. Later, it was determined that one mountain had been overlooked and four of the original group were actually a little lower than 4,000 feet.

These days, people seeking the coveted 46er patch must summit the mountains on the original list. All but four of the High Peaks are located in the Lake Placid/Keene-Keene Valley area. The other four, Seymour Mountain and the Seward Range, are located a bit to the west.

Roughly twenty of the High Peaks do not have a marked trail to the top. On those mountains unmaintained, unmarked herd paths have developed over the years. These paths are generally easy to follow, but anyone attempting them should know how to use a map and compass. Hikers are urged to buy a good hiking guidebook or to hire an Adirondack guide.

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Sawteeth can be climbed with lots of others.
Sawteeth
Route 73, Keene
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Sawteeth has possibly one of the best views in the park, not because it's a bald summit, but its placement within the High Peaks Region sets it apart from many others. Sawteeth has a wooded summit with one perfectly positioned lookout through...

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

Hiking Blake was named after Mills Blake, Verplank Colvin's assistant during the great survey of the Adirondack Park. This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 43 on the classic 46er list, but sadly has fallen to 45th as new surveying methods discovered...

The really tricky parts have steps and ladders.
Saddleback Mountain
Johns Brook LaneADK Garden Trailhead, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Saddleback is often climbed along the Great Range Trail with Lower Wolf Jaw, Upper Wolf Jaw, Armstrong and Gothics or Haystack and Basin. The views are outstanding, the climbs are packed with memories and the routes are so rugged and demanding,...

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

Hiking 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. Don't be fooled by its dramatic "false summit." That...

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

Hiking Tabletop Mountain is the 19th of the 46 highest peaks in the Adirondack Park. This peak is referred to as one of the trail-less High Peaks. The herd-path while not marked is easily followed. Tabletop Mountain is considered one of the easier...

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

Hiking Named after Thomas Armstrong, a 19th Century lumberman, this climb features a huge ladder on one approach and several smaller ones on the other approach. Great views of the upper Great Range and Johns Brook Valley. This peak is often tackled as...

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...

Hough Peak
1196 State Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Hough can be climbed by itself but rarely is, in many cases is combined with the rest or parts of the Dix Range. The Dix Range also includes South Dix (Carson Peak), East Dix (Grace Peak) Dix Mountain, and Macomb Mountain. Hough isn't the big...

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...

Couchsachraga Peak
Upper Works, Newcomb
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Couchsachraga Peak is most often climbed as a trio of all three Santanoni Peaks in a day. Consider using the Times Square herd-path and the Santanoni Express Route is you are planning to do a traverse it will save time and distance - but you...

Panther Peak
Upper Works, Newcomb
(518) 523-2445

This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 18 on the list. Panther is most often climbed with Santanoni Peak and/or Couchsachraga Peak. anthers are an old referral to mountain lions, which used to live in the area back in the 1800s, but in present day...

Allen Mountain
County Route 25, Newcomb
(518) 532-7675

Hiking An ascent of Allen is a major undertaking since it is a nearly 20 mile roundtrip, nearly half of which is on unmarked trails. The views from Allen are quite good and the final climb is rather enjoyable with outstanding views that progress as...