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.

Leave No Trace

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.

Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

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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...

Porter Mountain
Route 73, Keene
(518) 523-2445

Often climbed with Cascade Mountain, Porter Mountain is a rewarding experience in its own right. Wide views at the summit and usually less crowded than the more popular Cascade. There are three routes to the summit of Porter, one of which is followed...

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...

Basin Mountain
Johns Brook LaneADK Garden Trailhead, 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Mount Donaldson in fall.
Mount Donaldson
Coreys Road, Tupper Lake
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Donaldson Mountain is the peak located in the center of the range and boasts the best views of the ridge. With an open rock ledge you will have outstanding views of the ridge as well as Long Lake located to the south. When doing the ridge...

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...

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...