Don’t end your hike with a parking ticket

To avoid congestion and potentially dangerous situations, parking on the shoulder of Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Rooster Comb trailhead is off limits. Parking on the shoulder of the road near the Cascade Mountain trailhead is also off limits. Shuttles are available. read more

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.

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Belfry Mountain Trail
Dalton Hill Rd, Port Henry
(518) 962-2287

How to get there From the intersection of Route 22/9N and county Route 4 in Port Henry, follow Route 4 to Route 70. Follow county Route 70 to the crossroads with Tracy Road and Dalton Hill Road. Follow Dalton Hill Road straight through the...

Look for the leaves to fall for the best Tabletop views.
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...

Roaring Brook Falls
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Keep the river to the right and you will arrive at the base of Roaring Brook Falls. Slides from 1963 widened this site to the spectacular look it has today. Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead: Route 73, 3.3 miles South of the High Peaks sign in...

Connery Pond
State Route 86Lake Placid, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Route Overview From the gate near the parking area, walk back down the road slightly to an area where a couple of cars could park on the left. There is a portage trail here that leads to the shore of the pond, where there is an amazing vista...

This little spur trail has a lot to offer.
Bear Run
Route 73, Keene
(518) 523-2445

Primary Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid follow Route 73 toward Keene. Drive through Keene and Keene Valley and Into St. Huberts. Locate the High Peaks Trailhead for the AMR on the right and park here. Bear Run...

South Meadow has many forest and mountain views.
South Meadow
Meadow Lane, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking You may think of South Meadow is simply as a place to park your car when hiking into the High Peaks Region, but it's so much more than that. It's a birding destination, a wildflower hunting ground, and an amazing scenic opportunity. The trail...

East Dix (Grace Peak)
1196 State Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

This Adirondack High Peak is number 42 on the list. East Dix was renamed Grace Peak in commemoration of Grace Hudowalski, who was the first woman to climb the 46 High Peaks. Grace became Forty-Sixer #9 August 22, 1937 on Esther. She worked for New...

Views of the High Peaks from the trail.
Noonmark Mountain
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Noonmark is one of the higher mountains in the Adirondacks and is part of the Adirondack 100-highest peaks. With outstanding views and fun climbing experiences this tends to be a very popular hike in the summer and fall. Combine the two trails below...

Easy trail that leads to an outlook.
Town of Keene Ridge Loop
Airport Road, Keene
(518) 523-2445

Hiking This is a nice walk through the woods on an easy trail with a couple of modest climbs to reach the height-of-land. It features interesting views and a quiet forest add up to a nice, short, family hike. Primary Trailhead: Leave Lake Placid on...

Rocky Falls is a gem of a hike.
Rocky Falls
Heart Lake, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

This is a gentle walk to a lovely, miniature waterfall. This hike's charm is the easy route and the lovely setting. At the Adirondack Loj, follow signs to the Indian Pass trail, which first proceeds along the shore of Heart Lake and then heads to the...

Nye Mountain
Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid

Almost always climbed with Street Mountain, Nye Mountain is a short side trip to a nearly viewless summit. See description for Street Mountain for details. Snowshoeing Peak Name Nye Mountain Most Popular Winter Trailhead Indian Pass Trail to Street/Ny...

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

Hiking Note: The parking areas for Giant Mountain often fill quickly, especially in the summer. Consider choosing a less popular, and less crowded, trail. Giant Mountain is just that, a large land mass towering over Keene Valley. Giant is a shortened...