Adirondack Hiking & Backpacking

Hiking the Adirondacks

Trails with year-round access abound

Hiking in the Adirondacks

There are endless hiking options available for finding adventure and solitude in the Adirondacks, where most of the land is publicly owned and available for recreation. It's a place where hiking trails crisscross the landscape and outdoor opportunities for any age and skill level abound. That means there's also variety — trips ranging in length from under an hour to several days can all be found here.

Year-round Fun for all Abilities

Hiking doesn't have to be hard. If you're looking for a short walk in the woods, try Cathedral Pines. Want a challenge? Visit Snowy Mountain and climb your way toward outstanding views of the Little High Peaks. Speaking of snowy, don't let a few feet of powder stop you from hitting the trails! The Adirondacks gets some of the best snow in the northeast and hiking is a four-season activity, so strap on your snowshoes and embark on an adventure through a winter wonderland.

Want to learn more? No problem! Develop your orienteering skills by exploring some of the more remote areas of Hamilton County, learn wildflower identification by taking a slow stroll through the forest, or view wildlife while sitting next to a babbling stream or on the shore of a remote pond. If you're interested in trying something new but are a bit nervous about getting started, our licensed New York state guides offer expeditions and educational opportunities throughout the region, no matter the season.

Hikes outside of the High Peaks

Hikes outside of the High Peaks, en Francais

Before heading out, be sure to review Leave No Trace ethics to ensure you're protecting the Adirondacks for future generations! The DEC is a great resource for more outdoor recreation related information.

 

This interesting loop around Sagamore Lake starts and ends at the Great Camp Sagamore. Many of the trails around the great camp are...
Raquette Lake
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This is a unique loop trail that utilizes foot trails, multi-use trails, and a forest road. At the trailhead, follow the forest...
Inlet
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This fairly level walk takes you along an old dirt road for 1.5 miles (one way) to a small 4 ft cascade on a medium size stream...
Benson
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Black Bear Mountain is the big brother, so to speak, of Rocky Mountain. Located so close to the village of Inlet, this peak gets...
Inlet
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This hike is along an old forest road, now closed to vehicular traffic. The old road weaves in and out and crosses Robbs Creek...
Wells
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This trail is part of a much longer loop with Lower Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. But as a ski the loop is not a perfect destination...
Long Lake
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This interesting hike in the Raquette Lake Region offers outstanding views out over three wonderful Adirondack Ponds, one of which...
Raquette Lake
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How to get there The only access is by boat. Access Tioga Point Campground via Raquette Lake and locate the trail within the...
Raquette Lake
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You will notice this gets very little winter use from skiers and snowshoers, however, it's not too farfetched to see ice fisherman...
Indian Lake
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Austin Falls is a long, sliding waterfall, that's surrounded by beautiful rock formations and does not require a long hike to reach...
Wells
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The summit cliffs of Mount Frederica overlook lovely Lake Lila in the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area in Hamilton County. There...
Long Lake
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From Kings Flow parking; head out to the right and locate the King Flow East Trail – this is not marked. You will now ski along a...
Indian Lake
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This is a very short trail to two small backcountry ponds. These shorelines are quite attractive even in winter. Wildlife viewing...
Inlet
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From the end of Indian River Road at the trailhead parking you will pass through boulders blocking the way from vehicular traffic....
Inlet
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In a counterclockwise direction: From the parking area take a right back along Sagamore Road, you will have to walk this first 0.2...
Raquette Lake
13436
How to get there Locate the Lake Eaton Campground at the north side of the Hamlet of Long Lake along Route 30. This is a day-use...
Long Lake
12847
Pillsbury Mountain is one of those peaks that is in the middle of nowhere, at least so it seems when you are driving there. A maze...
Lake Pleasant
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Sly Pond is one of the highest elevation ponds in the Adirondack Park at just under 2800 feet. The trail itself can be found on...
From the trailhead you will start skiing on a soft trail that gets much less use than other trails in the Indian Lake area, but...
Indian Lake
12842
How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake, follow Route 28/30 for just under 4 miles to...
Blue Mountain Lake
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This trail is part of a much longer loop with Lower Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. But to snowshoe the entire loop, is not all that...
Long Lake
12847
How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 28 toward North Hudson for around 1.4...
Indian Lake
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This highly popular short hike destination is a favorite for families, picnickers, swimmers and anglers. The cool mist of the...
Long Lake
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West Mountain is a former fire tower peak, but even without the steel structure offers good views from its partially open summit....
Raquette Lake
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From the end of Indian River Road at the trailhead parking you will pass through boulders blocking the way from vehicular traffic....
This is a very short trail to a very small backcountry pond with a grassy shoreline. This shoreline is quite attractive and the...
Inlet
13360
Access to these ponds can be made quickly from Route 28 just outside of Eagle Bay. Several campsites along the shore offer the...
Inlet
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Catlin Bay is a simple 1.1 mile hike along the Northville/Placid Trail at a scenic location along the Northeast Shore of Long Lake...
Long Lake
12847
How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Speculator. Continue for just...
Indian Lake
12842
Located off of Uncas Road, this is a short but perfect hike to a safe, floating walkway and observation post. There is only parking...
Inlet
13360
This short hike, a seldom used trail along Twitchell Creek, brings you to a very attractive backcountry pond. Once on the trail you...
Inlet
13360
The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is part of the 80,000 acre Moose River Plains Complex, a collection of public lands crossed by ...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet
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These trails are mostly easy and flat with some small rolling hills and a few steep climbs. There is easy access directly from Old...
Rondaxe Road
Inlet
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Hiking The trail on the right is flagged at the beginning with yellow and red tape. Keep a lookout for this junction as it is...
Inlet
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With many good parking spots around the Red River bridge, this trail along the Red River offers miles of access to all types of...
Inlet
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This is a 7.6-mile hike along the Otter Brook Basin on an old Jeep road. The mountain to the right is Kitty Cobble. The view across...
Otter Brook Road
Inlet
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Enter through the Brown Tract Pond campground. Since there is direct access to the pond, this is a great place to wet a line, swim...
Inlet
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Parking is at a small gravel pull off parking area along Route 28 about 2.4 miles southwest of Raquette Lake. The right path leads...
Inlet
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These two ponds are located on a foot trail that's off the right side of Rondaxe Road across from the trail to Bald Mountain....
Rondaxe Road
Inlet
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A 1.5 mile loop, easy. This interesting nature trail system explores an Adirondack wetland habitat. There is a viewing platform,...
Arietta
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The old railroad track starts across the road from the Browns Tract beach access on Uncas Road. There are two options from this...
Uncas Road
Inlet
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A 1.5 mile route easy terrain. The trail to this popular destination is well worn and occasionally steep. An open grassy area and...
Piseco
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8.3 mile hike, moderately easy, two cars needed. This route follows an old road and trail once used by early settlers who farmed...
Hope
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Squaw Brook Falls is a small roadside waterfall located in a rocky gorge formed on the Squaw Brook. The falls are on private...
Indian Lake
12842
Access to Red River is located 5 miles into the Moose River Plains Wild Forest, off of Limekiln Road. This slow moving, "perfect...
Inlet
13360
(1.8 miles RT, moderate) This hike follows an old jeep road to the summit where views can be attained from the restored fire tower...
Arietta
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This “pull off and fish by the roadside” pond has been the favorite for parents teaching their children to fish, and it also yields...
South Shore Road
Inlet
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13.5 mile Adirondack trail system, easy. Burn Road, formerly used for logging, is the main access trail to viewpoints and campsites...
Long Lake
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This trail starts on North Rondaxe Road as a beginner trail, then turns to intermediate past Safford Pond. The trip connects Big...
North Rondaxe Road
Inlet
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This hike is not accessible to the public, due to a conflict between the DEC and the owners of the land. There is currently a bill...
Benson
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The trail to the Blue Ledges ends up at a beautiful spot on the Hudson River on the bank opposite the tall cliffs called the Blue...
Indian Lake
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Jimmy Creek contains 2 lovely, small waterfalls and both are a short walk in from Rte. 8. This falls is very picturesque for its...
Wells
12190
A 6.5 mile round trip hike in the Adirondacks. This pleasant woods trail traverses some blowdown en-route to the popular sand beach...
Blue Mountain Lake
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This trail is a nice, tight single track on fairly level terrain that goes past a couple of lean-tos. The trail runs right along...
Seventh Lake Road
Inlet
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5.8 mile trail, easy. First, there is a level walk on a marked trail to a secluded sandy beach on Good Luck Lake, and then you can...
Arietta
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This relatively flat trail through an Adirondack wilderness area ending at a lean to, the perfect place to rest on the shore of...
Indian Lake
12842
This is a great "bushwhack" hike, as there is no formal DEC trail. Little Cathead rises over Woods Lake with cliffs on the...
Benson
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You'll cross Rock Pond outlet on a 200-foot boardwalk and follow a historic road as you do the 8.4 mile round-trip walk to these...
Blue Mountain Lake
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A 1.8 mile easy Adirondack hike. An old road leads to this popular lake that has beautiful blue-green water and a picturesque...
Arietta
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8.0 mile hike one way, easy Adirondack hike. This trail follows an old lumber company road, which continues all the way to...
Indian Lake
12842
The Nature Trail at the Hamilton County Building Complex in Lake Pleasant is a well maintained trail system. The shaded trail...
Lake Pleasant
12108
This historic hike into Cedar Lakes, is known as the "French Louie Trail, honoring the famous "French Louie", guide and trapper. He...
Arietta
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This hike requires a canoe paddle to reach the trail head in Norman's Cove, the shortest (1.0 mile) from the Clarks Indian Lake...
Indian Lake
12842
Easy 3 mile hike. This is a mostly level walk on an old woods road, marked as a snowmobile trail, to a clearing where you leave the...
Arietta
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This Adirondack trail is steep in places. The trailhead begins off short blacktop road at state camp just North of Lewey Lake...
Indian Lake
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This falls is located on the south end of Indian Lake, best reached by canoe from the Indian Lake Islands DEC boat launch. There is...
Speculator
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12 miles RT paddle from Blue Mtn. Lake, moderate, and a 1 mile RT walk, easy. After paddling across Blue Mtn. Lake, under W. W....
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
This hike requires a canoe paddle to the trail head. Put in at the Indian Lake Islands boat ramp, and canoe the 3.3 mile (one way)...
Indian Lake
12842
Here is a treat for those who don't have the time or the ability to walk great distances to observe an old growth forest. A portion...
Arietta
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