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.

You were hoping to relax a little on your Lake Placid vacation, right? Summiting all 46 High Peaks is a worthy challenge, but it’s also a difficult feat to accomplish. Seriously, completing some of these mountains requires over a dozen miles of walking and several thousand feet of elevation gain. Luckily, there are easier ways to enjoy nature that still deliver awesome views — and they’ll have you back in town in time for dinner.

Start with the Lake Placid 9’ers, a hiking challenge designed to get seasoned hikers and newbies alike to some of the Lake Placid region’s best mountains below 4,000 feet. Along the way you’ll get a chance to take in breathtaking views of the High Peaks, visit to the iconic Adirondak Loj, and climb a summit fire tower.

What are you waiting for? Start earning your 9’er patch today! 

Meet the 9’ers

Three ways to become a 9'er

Lake Placid 9'er

Complete all nine peaks after July 1, 2018, then mail in a completed registration form.

Winter 9'er

Complete all nine peaks in the winter season, December 21-March 20. This may be accomplished over numerous winter seasons.

ULTRA 9'er Challenge

Complete all nine peaks within a 24-hour period. The timer begins when you sign-in/start the first peak and ends when you sign-out/finish the ninth peak. This is for very experienced hikers in prime cardiovascular shape.

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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Rainbow Falls
Lake Road, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Rainbow Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the park and definitely one of the most photographed. On a hot day lingering near the base will give you a very cooling mist. Spring time hiking gives the best opportunity for heavy water flow and a...

A deep valley formed a lake at Fish Hawk Cliffs
Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs are two low summits within the private land of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR). The trails to these summits are open to the public by virtue of a hiking easement, but there is a long approach via a dirt road and...

Hurricane Mountain
Route 9N, Keene
(518) 523-2445
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...

Flume Knob
Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

The Flume Knob is another hidden gem in the Wilmington Region that should not go unmissed. Using the region's mountain biking trails as an approach makes for an outstanding day trip for the entire family. Primary Trailhead: From the intersection of...

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

The lowdown: Mount Colden is one of the more popular mountains in the High Peaks, and with good reason: the hike is challenging and beautiful. Colden has two main approaches, both of which begin at the High Peaks Information Center. The trails can be...

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...

Beaver Meadow Falls
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Beaver Meadow Falls is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the Adirondacks, but it does require a bit of work to reach it. With a fanned out waterfall feature it cascades a gorgeous white to the Ausable River below. Be sure to read the link on...

This hike can offers different routes for the skill level you seek.
Snow Mountain and Deer Brook Falls
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Snow is an excellent family destination with outstanding views and many hiking options to create an excellent day in the woods. From difficult to easy terrain, depending on your choice of approach, you can make the hike what you want and even create a...

Nippletop
24-78 Ausable RdSt. Huberts Parking Area, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Nippletop is most often climbed with Dial 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...

Big Crow
Route 73, Keene
(518) 523-2445

While steep in spots, this short, 0.7 mile hike from Crow Clearing to the 2,815 foot summit of Big Crow offers one of the Adirondacks' best views for the least effort. The views include the valley of the East Branch of the Ausable River and 28 of the...

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...