*Please be advised that our hiker shuttle service operates primarily on weekends during the peak hiking season. Stay tuned for updates on the 2024 hiker shuttle schedule.

Convenient Transportation to the Trailhead

In the Adirondacks and the Lake Placid area in particular, hiking is a beautiful and fulfilling activity that many people enjoy. Due to the popularity of this activity, especially on weekends and when fall color brightens the landscape, parking lots at and near trailheads can fill up quickly. To help mitigate the crush and remove stress from everyone, hiker shuttle routes are made available during peak hiking times! The hiker shuttle routes offer easy parking and convenient transportation to some of the most popular and adventurous hikes.

Routes and Schedule

Town of Keene Hiker Shuttle

The Town of Keene Hiker Shuttle route transports hikers between the Airport Road parking lot in Keene (at the south end of Marcy Field) to the Garden trailhead. Transport service begins at 7 a.m. and runs through 7 p.m.on days the shuttle is in operation.

Frontcountry stewards from the town of Keene will be available at shuttle pick-up and drop-off locations, providing information and guidance to hikers, and assisting with alternate routes when there is an unusually high number of hikers on the trails.

The cost for a round-trip ride on the shuttle is $10 USD ($13 Canadian).

Some of the hikes accessible from this shuttle are:

Essex County Hiker Shuttle

The Essex County Route 73 Shuttle (Marcy Loop) route will run along Route 73, starting at Marcy Field and ending at the Giant Mountain Ridge Trail, and then turning around. The shuttle will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays during peak hiking season. The final loop providing return trips to Marcy Field will begin at approximately 6 p.m. There is no cost associated with riding the shuttle and no fee for parking at Marcy Field. Download the map and schedule.

Some of the hikes accessible from this shuttle are:

The shuttle will begin and end its route in the Airport Road parking lot in Keene (at the south end of Marcy Field), traveling along the Route 73 corridor and stopping at popular trailheads such as Rooster Comb, Giant Mountain / RidgeTrail, and Roaring Brook Falls.

Why take the shuttle?

Why not? There are several reasons to take the shuttle and they're all fantastic.

  • It's better for the environment! Fewer cars on the road means less pollution and better, cleaner air. That means better hiking and a healthier, happier experience for all.
  • Skip the worry about parking. The Adirondacks are much adored and parking lots at trailheads can get crowded. This way, there's no worry!
  • Save your money! By saving on gas, you can enjoy a less expensive day out.
  • You can relax. When someone else does the driving, you can enjoy the stunning scenery.
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