Hiking trails in the Adirondacks

Garden Parking Lot closed for summer 2019

The Garden Parking Lot, which is used to access the Garden Trailhead, one of the main access points to the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness, will be closed to motor vehicles during the spring and summer of 2019 due to the replacement of the Johns Brook Bridge. Construction of the replacement bridge is expected to last through the summer. No vehicles or pedestrians will be able to pass the bridge once construction is started through completion of the project. 

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.

Be prepared

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!

Hikes outside of the High Peaks

Hikes outside of the High Peaks, en Francais

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!

Hiking Highlight Map

Hiking in the Elizabethtown/Keene Area

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Big Slide
Location: Garden Trailhead, Keene Valley, New York
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Round Mountain
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Stag Brook Falls
Location: 5021 New York 86, Wilmington, New York
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Great Falls Loop
Location: Ausable Road, Lake Placid, New York
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The Dam Trail
Location: Route 86, Lake Placid, New York
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Adirondack Center Museum Nature Walk
Location: 7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown, New York
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Washbowl
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Lower Wolfjaw Mountain
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Round Pond
Location: Route 73, Keene, New York
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Rong Peak
Location: Heart Lake, Lake Placid, New York
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Three Brothers
Location: Garden Trailhead, Keene Valley, New York
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Bald Peak
Location: Route 9, Elizabethtown, New York
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Whiteface Mountain
Location: 5021 Route 86, Wilmington, New York
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Lake Arnold
Location: Heart Lake, Lake Placid, New York
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Cascade Falls
Location: Route 73, Keene, New York
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Balanced Rocks
Location: Route 73, Lake Placid, New York
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Crown Point State Historic Site
Location: 21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point, New York
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Moose Pond
Location: Route 3, Bloomingdale, New York
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Roaring Brook Falls
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Rooster Comb Mountain
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Heaven Hill Trails
Location: Bear Cub Rd, Lake Placid, New York
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Cliff Mountain
Location: Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid, New York
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Gray Peak
Location: Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid, New York
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Rainbow Falls
Location: Lake Road, Keene Valley, New York
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Round Pond - Saint Huberts
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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