Don’t end your hike with a parking ticket

To avoid congestion and potentially dangerous situations, parking on the shoulder of Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Rooster Comb trailhead is off limits. Parking on the shoulder of the road near the Cascade Mountain trailhead is also off limits. Shuttles are available. read more

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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East Dix (Grace Peak)
Route 73, Keene
(518) 523-2445

This Adirondack High Peak is number 42 on the list. East Dix was renamed Grace Peak in commemoration of Grace Hudowalski, who was the first woman to climb the 46 High Peaks. Grace became Forty-Sixer #9 August 22, 1937 on Esther. She worked for New...

Look for the leaves to fall for the best Tabletop views.
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...

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

Hiking Basin is reached by a challenging route with many steep rocks and narrow ledges, but the views are some of the finest in the mountains. A bit of history is still embedded on the summit with the large bolt placed in the rock near the east side...

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...

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...

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

Hiking Rocky Peak Ridge is the 20th highest peak in the Adirondacks at 4,420 feet in elevation. It offers outstanding views from its summit, and is usually less-crowded than neighboring Giant. The shortest route to the summit goes nearly to the...

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

Hiking Dial is most often climbed with Nippletop Mountain - due to it being along the same ridge. Dial is located centrally along a very long ridge which requires the hiker to summit either Nippletop first (primary trail) or the shoulder of Noonmark...

The view from Nye is tricky from a tree-filled summit.
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...

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...

Mount Haystack
The Garden, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Haystack is one of the most demanding hikes of the 46 High Peaks due to its rugged terrain and hiking distance. The summit of Haystack is a bald dome in the shape of a stack of hay. Its appearance is not like the other High Peaks in the Adirondacks...

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...

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

Cliff Mountain is one of the High Peaks most people don't look forward to doing and often-times gets left until last when working on the Adirondack 46. While the views are decent along the climb, the approach to the climb is very demanding. Cliff sits...