Hiking in Lake Placid
Home to the largest trail system in the nation, the Adirondacks offers some of the best hiking in the East with over 2,000 miles of marked hiking trails. Most notable among these are the region’s trails leading to the 46 High Peaks, most of which are over 4,000 feet. With so many mountains and trails to choose from, it's no surprise that hiking and climbing are favorites among Lake Placid’s outdoor activities.
We love our mountains, and you should too! Please help us protect them by enjoying them responsibly. Before heading out, review Leave No Trace principles, make sure you're prepared for the journey ahead, and familiarize yourself with regulations and weather in the mountains.
The Department of Environmental Conservation is a great resource for more outdoor recreation related information.
Get away from the crowds
The High Peaks are beautiful, which means they're also extremely popular. Consider getting away from the crowds by tackling a lesser visited mountain. The views are just as nice!
Adventurous Adirondack hikes
Looking for a challenge? Try Mount Marcy, the tallest mountain in New York state at 5,344 feet, or choose Mount Haystack for one of the most demanding hikes in the High Peaks Region. Tackle either of these and you’ll see, the summit views are worth the trek!
Favorite Lake Placid day hikes
Some of our best hikes are shorter, lower-elevation mountains that offer stunning views without taking the entire day to complete. Try Baxter Mountain, Cobble Hill, or Balanced Rocks — all three are great family hikes or perfect for a quick jaunt with friends.
Backpack the Adirondacks
The Adirondacks are a prime backpacking destination with over six-million-acres that offer a variety of backcountry camping and lean-to locations. After a few nights of sleeping under the stars, head into town and treat yourself to a cold beer and a hot shower!
Map out the perfect hike
The Lake Placid Region is home to great Adirondack hikes for every family member and ability level – and no matter what kind of outing you seek, skilled area Adirondack Guides can help you find the right fit to plan that perfect day!
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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.