Adirondack Hiking & Backpacking

Hiking the Adirondacks

Trails with year-round access abound

ATTENTION: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that all public fire towers in New York will be closed. 

All public trails are still open and fire tower peaks can be climbed, but hikers are advised to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet apart - which the fire tower cabs are too small to accommodate. The DEC also recommends hikers avoid busy trailheads and explore hikes and outdoor adventures close to home.

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.

 

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

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

 

 

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