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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Elk Pass
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Elk Pass is an excellent destination to just get out and enjoy nature. It is loaded with wildflowers and outstanding waterfalls in the spring. The pass itself is also a great spot for wildlife viewing of beaver, mink, deer, bob cat and even an...

Blueberry Cobbles
Route 9, Elizabethtown
(518) 523-2445

This aptly-named mountain is the first summit on the East Trail to Rocky Peak and Giant at 1.9 miles from Rt. 9. Snowshoeing This is a good trail for learning how to summit with snowshoes. Hiking Berries in season? The best ones are beyond the first...

Three Brothers
Garden Trailhead, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Hiking The Three Brothers are generally climbed in conjunction with Big Slide Mountain. However the First and Second Brothers are a worthy destination in themselves. The First and Second Brothers both have outstanding views, while the Third Brother...

Monument Falls
Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Follow the path to, and along, the Ausable River for an easy trip suitable for small children. The Monuments commemorate the 50th, and 100th Anniversary of the establishment of the Adirondack Park. Find out more Read our blog post about...

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...

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...

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...

Rattlesnake Mountain
4525 NYS Route 22 (across the road), Willsboro
(518) 523-2445

Well-known for offering great "value for effort." Less than an hour to the top, and there are spectacular views of the entire area, including Willsboro Bay and Willsboro Point, the Four Brothers Islands, Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge...

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

The lowdown Giant is a shortened name for what it was originally referred to as Giant of the Valley, and that's exactly what it is -- a huge landmass that towers over Keene Valley. There are three main routes up Giant with several variations possible,...

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...

Morgan Mountain
Franklin Falls Road, Wilmington
(518) 946-2255

Outstanding views exist along the ridge if you were to follow to the southwest. An open ledge gives outstanding views of Whiteface and Esther as well as the Jay Range off in the distance. To approach Morgan Mountain from the south you should use the...

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

Baxter Mountain offers outstanding views and great blueberry picking in season, making it an excellent hike for the entire family. It's a mostly moderate, 1.2 mile hike to the first summit. The path begins at a moderate grade as it passes under a...