Hike to the Summit

Summit Hikes in the Adirondacks

Hikes with a view

Explore Adirondack Summit Hikes

Here in the Adirondacks you will find plentiful opportunities for hiking no matter what your ability level is. In addition to miles of scenic hikes and paths leading to lakes and ponds along with our Adirondack waterfall hikes there are a multitude of summit hikes. Hiking to the top of a mountain and soaking in the panoramic views is the perfect reward for a day of climbing, knowing you reached the top! Spot in the horizon the beauty that surrounds you along with the fun in identifying other mountain summits.

This trail does not have a trail sign at the beginning off the Moose River Pains Road; you will need to look closely for a trail...
Moose River Plains Road
Inlet
13360
The trail around Moss Lake traverses gently rolling double track hills for mountain bikes and also provides an easy hike. There's...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
This trail has easy, rolling terrain and is a great place for the whole family. The path is on an old roadbed that ends at both...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet
13360
The Pathway is a 1-1/2 mile long boardwalk & path, which provides a unique opportunity by making wetlands, transitional forest...
Rte 30
Speculator
12164
The Vista Trail has become much more over grown over the years and hence has become much less popular and maintenance has fallen to...
Inlet
13360
The trail starts out following the course of Big Moose Road and quickly comes to the old trail, which started slightly further back...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
Fern Park is a free, four-season, town of Inlet recreation park located on Loomis Road, just off of South Shore Road. In summer,...
Loomis Road
Inlet
13360
How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Limekiln Road in Inlet follow Limekiln Road to the Moose River Plains Road....
Lake Eaton is one of the most attractive lakes in the region. A state campground is located on the northeast shore. The campground...
Long Lake
12847
This is a private trail that is open to the public, so please respect the private property. From the road, climb steeply along a...
Inlet
13360
You will notice this gets very little winter use from snowshoers, however, it's not too farfetched to see ice fisherman out on the...
Indian Lake
12842
West Mountain is a former fire tower peak, but even without the steel structure offers good views from its partially open summit....
Raquette Lake
13436
How to get there From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28 in Indian Lake follow Route 28 for 1.3 mile toward North Hudson to...
Indian Lake
12842
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
12842
This hike is only accessible by boat from Big Moose Lake.  How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Big Moose Road in...
Inlet
13360
This trail starts along an old forest road which can be a bit wet in spots, but easy to navigate and quite scenic. At 0.4 mile you...
Inlet
13360
How to get there From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator, follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue for 3.6...
Speculator
12164
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
12842
Overview This is a popular destination in the summer, but in the winter it gets much less use due to closed access roads. In the...
Long Lake
12847
The Spillway Trail runs between Long Lake and Park Pond and is an excellent place for a very short family walk, a picnic, or to...
Long Lake
12847
The falls area consists of several drops, large blocks, many potholes, and an 8 foot cascading waterfall on the East Branch of the...
Wells
12190
How to get there From the intersection of Route 28N and Route 30 in Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue through...
Long Lake
12847
The summit cliffs of Mount Frederica overlook lovely Lake Lila in the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area in Hamilton County. There...
Long Lake
12847
This trail gets pretty good use in the winter and has become a very popular snowshoe destination. From the trailhead you will...
Indian Lake
12842
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
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
12134
This narrow and obscure herd path can be a bear to locate, you will need to drive slow and keep a keen eye. The path is not signed...
Inlet
13360
This very small and easily accessible Adirondack hiking gem sits right along the eastern (right) side of the road. The falls is 5...
Speculator
12164
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
Located right on the border of Hamilton and Franklin Counties, Coney is an outstanding bang-for-your-buck mountain. With ease of...
Long Lake
12847
From the end of Indian River Road at the trailhead parking you will pass through boulders blocking the way from vehicular traffic....
Inlet
13360
West Mountain is a former fire tower peak, but even without the steel structure it offers good views from its partially open summit...
Raquette Lake
13436
From the parking area; cross the road to access the trail. The trail is very wide and flat as it sweeps around the eastern side of...
Long Lake
12847
It's an easy half-mile climb to Rocky Mountain's summit. The sunset and sunrise views from here can be spectacular. It's no wonder...
Inlet
13360
How to get there From the intersection of Route 28N and Route 30 in Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue through...
Long Lake
12847
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
From the King's Flow parking area, follow the dirt road a bit further on foot and locate the trail on the right. Please respect the...
Indian Lake
12842
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
12847
Access to these ponds can be made quickly from Route 28 just outside of Eagle Bay. Several campsites along the shore offer the...
Inlet
13360
There are a series of three waterfalls along Groff Creek, all of which take some effort to see. The first two are more difficult to...
Hope
12134
How to get there From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 30 in Speculator follow the convergence of Route8/30 toward Wells....
Wells
12190
Austin Falls is a long, sliding waterfall, that's surrounded by beautiful rock formations and does not require a long hike to reach...
Wells
12190
Winter Overview and Trail Conditions: In the winter Wilson Pond makes for a much more exciting ski tour, but the ski tour is not...
Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
This is a day-use area so a small fee is required unless you are staying there. This is a very long approach to the mountain but if...
Long Lake
12847
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
How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Limekiln Road in Inlet follow Limekiln Road. Continue to Moose River Plains...
Indian Lake
12842
This interesting hike in the Raquette Lake Region offers outstanding views out over three wonderful Adirondack Ponds, one of which...
Raquette Lake
13436
From the trailhead you will start climbing almost immediately but never on too steep a grade and come to the firetower after only 0...
Piseco
12139
In the Moose River Plains Wild Forest, Cathedral Pines is a short .1 mile hike that loops through a stand of magnificent of old...
State Route 28
Inlet
13360
How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Speculator. Continue for just...
Military Road
Indian Lake
12842
This old road used to be Highway 10 between Long Lake and Tupper Lake; it has now been turned into a wonderful trail that leads to...
Long Lake
12847
The Humphrey Mountain Trail has been around for decades, but is considered more of a path than a true trail. To date, the trail is...
Indian Lake
12842
Sawyer is one of the more popular hikes in the Indian Lake Region, mainly due to its excellent payoff for little effort. Excellent...
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Cellar Pond is an interesting back-country gem that gets very little attention from hikers. The trail once used heavily has become...
Moose River Plains Road
Inlet
13360
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
12190
Wilson Pond is one of those hidden ponds that so many would consider a back-country gem. With a well-placed lean-to on its shore,...
Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
This small peak is obscure with no real trail to the summit; but does have a faint herd path to follow once you leave the access...
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
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
13360
From the end of Indian River Road at the trailhead parking you will pass through boulders blocking the way from vehicular traffic....
OK Slip Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the Adirondacks. In the summer of 2014, a new trail to the falls opened making...
Indian Lake
12842
This trail is used more as a XC ski trail but also makes for an easy to moderate snowshoe destination. From the trail register...
Piseco
12139
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
Chain Lakes Road South allows access to a network of dirt roads and trails in parts of the Blue Mountain Wild Forest, Pine Lake...
Indian Lake
12842
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
12842
This is a very short trail that is often used by fisherman and those willing to make the short jaunt to paddle a secluded lake. The...
Indian Lake
12842
This is a unique loop trail that utilizes foot trails, multi-use trails, and a forest road. At the trailhead, follow the forest...
Inlet
13360
This destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is highly...
Raquette Lake
13436
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
13436
This rather prominent peak in the Long Lake area is made up of four separate summits, two of which are referred to as the horns....
Long Lake
12847
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
12812
How to get there From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue for just...
Speculator
12164
Trout Brook is not named as such on any map, but a historical marker refers to it as such as you cross over it on North Point Road...
Long Lake
12847
How to get there Western Parking: From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 30 in Speculator follow the convergence of Route8/30...
Wells
12190
Much of this destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is...
Inlet
13360
Trail Description and Winter Conditions Blue Mountain is one of the taller mountains in the Adirondack Park and one of the most...
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
This trail is used much less seldom than the Green Lake Road trailhead, but still a worthy avenue to take. In winter it gets much...
Piseco
12139
How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Speculator. Continue on Route...
Indian Lake
12842
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
Rocky Mountain is possibly the most popular hike in the Inlet area. The trail is short and steep, but it's a fun snowshoe and a...
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
On this walk you'll find a series of falls flowing along the trail, which is surrounded by a white cedar and hemlock forest. The...
Inlet
13360
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
12108
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
13436
Puffer Pond is located about smack dab in the center of this loop. Aside from a bit of elevation change on one end, the distance...
Indian Lake
12842
This trail is obscure and not marked, but can be followed without too much trouble. GPS, map and compass, and navigation experience...
Raquette Lake
13436
The Rock River Trail is a 3-mile trail through a pristine forest that ends at a very scenic area on Rock River. Rolling hills and...
Indian Lake
12842
This trail is obscure and not marked, but can be followed without too much trouble. GPS, map and compass, and navigation experience...
Raquette Lake
13436
Trail Description and Winter Conditions Goodnow is a very prominent peak when seen from Route 28N heading toward Newcomb. This...
Long Lake
12847
At the trailhead you need to walk along the road another couple hundred feet to access the trail on the right. The trail...
Piseco
12139
How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake follow Route 28/30 toward Indian Lake....
Indian Lake
12842
This trail is part of a much longer loop with Upper Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. From the trailhead you will remain on a very flat...
Long Lake
12847
The Humphrey Mountain Trail has been around for decades, but is considered more of a path than a true trail. The trail is marked...
Speculator
12164
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
From the trailhead you will continue hiking along an old woods road and cross a bridge over a muddy pond area. The trail climbs...
Inlet
13360
This highly popular short hike destination is a favorite for families, picnickers, swimmers and anglers. The cool mist of the...
Long Lake
12847
Blue Mountain is one of the taller mountains in the Adirondack Park and one of the most popular in the Hamilton County Region....
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Most of the trail is rocky but you wouldn't know it in winter unless conditions are less than favorable. All the rocks and...
Long Lake
12847
This destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is highly...
Speculator
12164
Chub Pond is a very small back-county wilderness pond with outstanding wildlife and birding potential. It is located along the...
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
This final destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is...
Inlet
13360
This rather prominent peak in the Long Lake area is made up of four separate summits, two of which are referred to as the horns....
Long Lake
12847
This ski starts along a woods road which is heavily traveled by locals and accesses hunting camps located on International Paper...
Indian Lake
12842
Puffer Pond is located about smack dab in the center of a potential loop, except the eastern portion of the loop that goes over the...
Indian Lake
12842
This hike is only accessible by boat from Big Moose Lake.  How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Big Moose Road in...
Inlet
13360
This especially interesting section of East Canada Creek has a series of waterfalls, chutes, and potholes that drop more than 15...
Arietta
‎12139
This small peak is obscure with no real trail to the summit; but does have a faint herd path to follow once you leave the access...
Inlet
13360
Hey, don't be afraid of the name, but intrigued. Unsure how this beautiful piece of artwork got it scary name, it does not portray...
Raquette Lake
13436
Snowy is one of the more demanding hikes in Hamilton County and is also one of the 100 highest highest peaks in the Adirondacks....
Indian Lake
12842
This is a very short trail to two small backcountry ponds. These shorelines are quite attractive even in winter. Wildlife viewing...
Inlet
13360
The trail on the right is flagged at the beginning with yellow and red tape. Keep a lookout for this junction as it is easily...
Inlet
13360
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
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
13360
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
13360
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
13360
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
13360
Explore this turn-of-the-century transportation route by foot or by mountain bike. This loop includes flat dirt roads that are...
Eighth Lake Campground
Inlet
13360
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
13360
This is a New York state DEC campground where there is access to both Seventh and Eighth lakes and nice hiking and nature trails...
Route 28
Inlet
13360
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
13360
4 mile Adirondack hike, moderately easy terrain. This hike culminates at an isolated grove of enormous white pines that are 200 to...
Wells
12190
This small cascading waterfall is formed from a small stream that begins at the outlet of Buckhorn Lake. The hike in to the falls...
Arietta
‎12139
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
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
12812
(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
‎12139
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
12134
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
Also known as Hope Falls. Along a sharp bend of Tenant Creek there are three falls. First is dramatic 40-50 foot high cascades,...
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
12812
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
‎12139
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
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
13360
This historic hike into Cedar Lakes, is known as the "French Louie Trail, honoring the famous "French Louie", guide and trapper. He...
Arietta
‎12139
Make your way from Northville to Lake Placid NY on this multi use trail, both for hiking and cross country skiing.
Benson
12134
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
‎12139
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
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
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
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
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
‎12139
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
12134
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
This is a 2.5 mile hike one way over uneven terrain to the West Branch Gorge, and should only be taken mid-summer when the water...
Wells
12190
13.5 mile Adirondack trail system, easy. Burn Road, formerly used for logging, is the main access trail to viewpoints and campsites...
Long Lake
12847
This Adirondack trail is steep in places. The trailhead begins off short blacktop road at state camp just North of Lewey Lake...
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
12134
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
‎12139
An 8.8 mile hike, easy to moderate. Most of this walk is on a level dirt road which leads to a large grassy clearing on the...
Long Lake
12847
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
13360
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 is a great hike to a very interesting and unusual geological chimney formation surrounded with a maze of caves and crevices...
Indian Lake
12842
A 1.5 mile loop, easy. This interesting nature trail system explores an Adirondack wetland habitat. There is a viewing platform,...
Arietta
‎12139
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
12842
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
13360
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
12164
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
12139
South Shore Road
Inlet
13360

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