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.

8+ Hour Hikes in the Adirondack High Peaks 

Challenging yourself to a full day High Peaks hiking experience offers many rewards and a sure to be memorable experience. Full day hikes in the Adirondacks are a great start if you’re on your way to becoming a 46'er or even if you’re interested in hiking just a few of the highest peaks in New York State.

Be prepared 

A full day hike in the Adirondacks is an adventure however is typically more extensive hiking. Although we suggest to bring your cell phone, be aware you may or may not have service on your hike; this is relevant not only in an emergency but also if you plan to use your phone for GPS. It’s also important to check with the DEC prior to hiking a particular trail and to sign in with your name, number of hikers, date and time at the start of the trail head.

Full day hiking gear 

Be sure to check the checklist found on the 4-8 hour hike page for hiking essentials. There are more items you should consider carrying when embarking on a full day hike for safety, comfort and of course opportunity:

The Adirondack Hiking Essentials

1. Navigation

  • Sign in at the trail head
  • Map of your route
  • Area trail guide book or maps
  • Compass
  • GPS 

2. Don't get burned- bring sun protection

  •  Sunscreen
  •  Lip balm
  •  Sunglasses

3. Proper clothing and insulation

  • Jacket, vest, pants, gloves, hat
  • See Clothing below based on season/weather

4. Don't get left in the dark

  • Flash light or head lamp with an optional spare
  • Extra batteries for any equipment

5. First-aid supplies

  • A complete First-aid kit 

6. Be prepared with fire essentials

  • Matches or lighter
  • Waterproof container
  • Fire starter for an emergency survival fire
  • Remember to never leave a fire unattended and to be sure it is completely out before abandoning the site

7. Tools and supplies

  • Knife, Swiss army or a multi-use pocket tool 
  • Kits for stove, mattress; duct tape strips

8. Keep energy up with proper nutrition

  • Energy food (bars, gels, chews, trail mix)
  • Energy beverages or drink mixes
  • Lunch
  • Extra day's supply of food

9. Stay hydrated- always bring enough water

  • Water bottles, camel back or  another portable hydration system
  • Electrolyte tablets or powder
  • Water filter or other treatment system

10. Emergency shelter

  • Tent, tarp, bivy and a reflective blanket
  • More than the 10 hiking essentials
  • Multifunction watch with altimeter
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles
  • Insect repellent and a head net
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer or hand wipes
  • Two-way radios
  •  Camera
  • Cell or satellite phone
  • Interpretive field guides for fauna and wildlife
  • Post-hike snacks, water, towel, clothing change
  • Trash bag for clean up
  • Swim suits

Warm weather clothing options

  • Moisture Wicking T-shirt and underwear
  • Quick-drying pants or shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirt both for bugs and sun protection
  • Hat with a brim or neck cover for sun-shielding 
  • Fleece jacket or cover up with insulation
  • Bandanna, head scarf or buff

Cool weather clothing options

  • Thermal moisture wicking long-sleeve T-shirt
  • Long underwear
  • Hats, face mask or cover up
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Jacket providing insulation, temperature based
  • Rain jacket and waterproof pants
  • Insulated winter pants weather dependent

For winter hiking check out our cold weather preparedness blog and winter essential gear guide.

Proper footwear

  • Hiking boots or shoes suited to terrain, preferably with ankle protection
  • Synthetic or wool socks and a second pair
  • Gaiters
  • Sandals (for river fording, trip home)
  • Crampons for ice

 When in doubt, be sure to hire an experienced Adirondack guide who will ensure your safety. 

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High Peaks views from the summit of Redfield.
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.

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

Northville-Lake Placid Trail
Averyville Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Many sections of the 133-mile Northville-Lake Placid are suitable for cross-country skiing. This section features rolling terrain with some short steep climbs to a leanto and frozen waterfall reached via a side trail. Northville-Placid Trail/Wanika...

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...

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 Emmons

Mount Emmons is the peak located at the far end of the Seward Range and the only way to approach is to climb Donaldson first. The herd-path is very remote and some of the most difficult in the Adirondack Park. Emmons is often climbed with Donaldson...

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...

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...