Birding Hikes

Birders who visit the Adirondacks will find a variety of mountain hikes in Hamilton County presenting birders with a chance to find Bicknell's Thrush in the spruce-fir forests at the summit. Birders can hike mountains like Wakely Mountain and Blue Mountain and watch as the bird community changes from the variety of warblers and other songbirds at the base to the community at the summit. This community not only includes Bicknell's Thrush, but also Swainson's Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blackpoll Warbler, Boreal Chickadee, and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.

View our birding hikes below and find one just right for you. Read more information about birding in the Adirondacks and find paddles for bird watching as well.


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Blue Mountain

The Blue Mountain Fire Tower may be the best known and most visited fire tower in the Adirondacks and it truly stands up to all the hype.
Blue Mountain Lake

Rock Lake Trail

The very short Rock Lake Trail in India Lake is a popular spot for fisherman and those willing to make the short jaunt to paddle a secluded lake. The shoreline is quite attractive and the birding opportunities are plentiful.
Indian Lake

Mitchell Ponds

Moose River Plains Wild Forest, Inlet

Fern Park

Loomis Road, Inlet

Limekiln Lake

Moose River Plains Road, Inlet

Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower

Pillsbury is a fairly steep climb to a fire tower. Great views can be seen from the cab of the tower.
Lake Pleasant

Puffer Pond Loop

The Puffer Pond Loop is a 5.3 mile loop featuring Puffer Pond at the midpoint. This hike makes for a nice Adirondack birding expedition.
Indian Lake

Wakely Mountain

Wakely Mountain's three-mile hike up the mountain is fairly steep and strenuous, and gets very difficult at the end. The firetower can be climbed, and the 360 degree view from the tower is spectacular.
Indian Lake

Great Camp Sagamore Lake Trail

This is a pleasant walk on an old carriage road which circles the lake and provides views across the lake to the Great Camp Sagamore, once the summer home of the Vanderbilts.
Raquette Lake

Watch Hill

Gain 380 feet of elevation in 1.1 miles to reach great views of the surrounding lakes and forests.
Indian Lake

Catlin Bay

Catlin Bay is a scenic 1.1 mile hike along the Northville/Placid Trail at the Northeast Shore of Long Lake, New York.
Long Lake

Deep Lake

Otter Brook Road, Inlet

Rocky Mountain

Rocky Mountain is one of the most popular hikes in the Inlet area. The half-mile hike to the summit rewards you at the top with views overlooking the Fulton Chain of Lakes.

Ferd's Bog Trail

Ferd's Bog is a short hike that will bring you down to an attractive bog in Inlet where you will find wildflowers, deep green vegetation and an excellent area for birding.

Moss Lake Loop

Big Moose Road, Inlet

Chub Pond

Located on the Castle Rock Loop in Blue Mountain Lake, Chub Pond is a very small back-county wilderness pond with outstanding wildlife and birding potential.
Blue Mountain Lake

Fly Pond

This is a very short trail to a very small backcountry pond with a grassy shoreline. This shoreline is quite attractive and the birding opportunities are quite good. Wildlife viewing has great potential as well.

Fawn Lake

Parkhurst Road, Inlet

Little Lost Pond

Otter Brook Road, Inlet

Queer Lake

Big Moose Road, Inlet

Moose River Plains Wild Forest

Moose River Plains Wild Forest, Inlet

Seventh Lake Trail

Seventh Lake Road, Inlet

Quiver Pond

South Shore Road, Inlet

Safford Pond

North Rondaxe Road, Inlet