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 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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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
This is a very short trail to two small backcountry ponds. These shorelines are quite attractive even in winter. Wildlife viewing...
Inlet
13360
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
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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
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
This interesting hike in the Raquette Lake Region offers outstanding views out over three wonderful Adirondack Ponds, one of which...
Raquette Lake
13436
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 is a unique loop trail that utilizes foot trails, multi-use trails, and a forest road. At the trailhead, follow the forest...
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
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The trail In a counterclockwise direction: From the parking area, take a right back along Sagamore Road and walk 0.2 miles to the...
Raquette Lake
13436
From the end of Indian River Road at the trailhead parking you will pass through boulders blocking the way from vehicular traffic....
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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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
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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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
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
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
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
13360
Winter Overview: This area is not recommended for winter access, other than by snowmobile, as the Moose River Plains is a...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
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
Hiking These trails are mostly easy and flat with some small rolling hills and a few steep climbs. There is easy access directly...
Rondaxe Road
Inlet
13360
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
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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
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
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
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
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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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
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
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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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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 Adirondack trail is steep in places. The trailhead begins off short blacktop road at state camp just North of Lewey Lake...
Indian Lake
12842
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
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

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