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
- Cobble Hill (2,332 feet in elevation, 2.2 miles round trip)
- Mt. Jo ( 2,876 feet in elevation, 2.6 miles round trip)
- Baxter Mountain (2,440 feet in elevation, 2.4 miles round trip)
- Mt. Van Hoevenberg (2,940 feet in elevation, 4.4 miles round trip)
- Big Crow Mountain (2,815 feet in elevation, 1.4 miles round trip)
- Bear Den Mountain (2,650 feet in elevation, 4.5 miles round trip)
- Pitchoff Mountain (3,500 feet in elevation, 5.2 miles round trip)
- Catamount Mountain (3,169 feet in elevation, 3.6 miles round trip)
- Hurricane Mountain (3,678 feet in elevation, 6.8 miles round trip)
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.
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.