Adirondack Hiking & Backpacking

Hiking the Adirondacks

Trails with year-round access abound

ATTENTION: NYSDEC-controlled fire towers are open to visitors. Only one household group should be in the fire tower cab, groups should social distance on the summit while waiting to climb to the cab, sanitize hands before and after being on the fire tower, and wear masks.

Hiking in the Adirondacks

There are endless hiking options available for finding adventure and solitude in the Adirondacks, where a lot 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. We have short walks in the woods at places like the magical Cathedral Pines. For more of a challenge, Snowy Mountain is a favorite, especially with its historic fire tower on the summit. The trails and mountains in our region are fun year-round, too. The Adirondacks gets some of the best snow in the northeast and hiking is a four-season activity, snowshoes are a wonderful way to experience the sparkling wonder of the woods deep in snow. For a little more adventure, try checking out either the Fulton Chain Trifecta or ADK 6 Pack hiking challenges! Earn a unique souvenir or add to your hiking patch collection!

Since people began to vacation in the Adirondacks, guides have shown the way. Today, licensed New York state guides offer expeditions and educational opportunities throughout the region, no matter the season. Among the many guided options are wildflower identification walks, orienteering skills lessons and challenges, private fishing trips, and even viewing wildlife while sitting next to a babbling stream or on the shore of a pristine pond.

For trip ideas, see which hikes the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation recommends: Hikes outside of the High Peaks (en Francais).

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

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.

Leave No Trace 7 Principles

 

This is a very short trail to a very small...
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This interesting hike in the Raquette Lake...
Raquette Lake
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This is a unique loop trail that utilizes...
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This interesting loop around Sagamore Lake...
Raquette Lake
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This hike is along an old forest road, now...
Wells
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Cascade and Stephens ponds are two beautiful...
Blue Mountain Lake
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How to get there The only access is by boat....
Raquette Lake
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Blue Mountain Lake
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The trail to Sis and Bubb lakes is very...
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The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is part of...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
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Hiking These trails are mostly easy and flat...
Rondaxe Road
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John Pond is a worthy destination in the...
Indian Lake
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The Nature Trail at the Hamilton County...
Lake Pleasant
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Enter through the Brown Tract Pond campground...
Inlet
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These two ponds are located on a foot trail...
Rondaxe Road
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Parking is at a small gravel pull off parking...
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A 1.5 mile route easy terrain. The trail to...
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