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

Often climbed with Nye Mountain, Street is a more rewarding experience as it does have some views. While views are lacking from the true summit a faint herd-path leading a few yards southwest from the summit, opens up outstanding views of the...

Mount Colden
Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking this Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 11 on the list. Mount Colden is one of the more popular mountains in the High Peaks, but this is mostly due to its more formidable approach, the Trap Dike. While the Trap Dike is an excellent approach and...

Algonquin Peak
Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking The lowdown The shortest route to Algonquin Peak's open summit is from the Adirondak Loj parking area. Don't be fooled by the relatively low milage of this trail -- the last mile or so of the hike is a relentlessly steep climb on open rock. It...

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...

Mount Marcy
Adirondack Loj, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

The lowdown Mount Marcy is the highest of the High Peaks, and its impressive presence commands the view from many other peaks. The shortest route to its cone-shaped summit is from the Adirondak Loj parking area. Don't be fooled by the relatively low...

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...

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

Almost always climbed with Street Mountain, Nye Mountain is a short side trip to a nearly viewless summit. See description for Street Mountain for details. Snowshoeing Peak Name Nye Mountain Most Popular Winter Trailhead Indian Pass Trail to Street/Ny...

Cascade Mountain
Route 73, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

The lowdown The parking area for Cascade often fills quickly, especially in the summer. Consider choosing a less popular, and less crowded, trail. Although steep in spots, Cascade Mountain is a relatively short hike to outstanding panoramic views of...

Mount Skylight
Heart Lake, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Skylight is the peak with one of the most impressive views, boasting a sighting of over 30 other High Peaks. This completely bald rock dome is very impressive when seen from other regions of the High Peaks and its expanse tends to generate its...

Mount Redfield
Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Redfield was named for Professor William C. Redfield: meteorologist, organizer of, and participant in, the first recorded ascent of Mount Marcy. If the going gets tough, remember Redfield did stuff like this in 1837. While wearing a wool wardrobe.

Gray Peak
Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Gray Peak is the tallest of the trailless High Peaks and has an act of putting on two totally different faces depending on the season. In summer it is slightly treed with stunted growth, in winter the trees are buried and it resembles that of a bald...

Iroquois Peak
Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Iroquois is the third peak along the MacIntyre Mountain Range and is most often climbed with Algonquin Peak and Wright Peak. The primary route as you see ascends most of Wright and all of Algonquin on the way. Iroquois is one of the High Peaks...