Summit Hikes

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.

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West Mountain is a former fire tower peak, but even without the steel structure it offers good views from its partially open summit...
Brown's Tract Road
Raquette Lake
13436
Hiking With many good parking spots around the Red River bridge, this trail along the Red River offers miles of access to all types...
Hunt Club Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking This is one of the most popular destinations in the Blue Mountain Lake Region, and rightfully so, it's got an amazing view....
Maple Lodge Road
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Goodnow is a very prominent peak when seen from Route 28N. This ragged-looking mountain is home to one of the remaining fire towers...
Route 28N
Newcomb
12852
Hiking This hike starts along a forest road which often gets DEC use to access Lows Upper Dam. The road is mostly flat and passes...
Route 421
Piercefield
12973
Snowy is one of the more demanding hikes in Hamilton County and is also one of the 100 highest highest peaks in the Adirondacks....
Route 30
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking 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...
Lake Lisa Access Road
Long Lake
12847
Hiking This is a great hike for kids but be sure you keep an eye on them at the top of the cliffs. The massive boulder field the...
Route 10
Lake Pleasant
12108
As far as views go, this is one of the best in the area and should not be missed. The waters of Tupper Lake can be seen to the...
Route 30
Long Lake
12847
This is a great hike to a very interesting and unusual geological chimney formation surrounded with a maze of caves and crevices...
Big Brook Road
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking From Kings Flow parking; head out to the right and locate the Kings Flow East Trail – this is not marked. Trailhead From the...
Big Brook Road
Indian Lake
12842
Most Popular Trailhead From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 10 in Piseco, follow Route 10 toward Pine Lake. Continue for...
Route 10
Lake Pleasant
12108
While not part of the Hamilton County Fire Tower Challenge, Bald Mountain is part of the Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge and is a...
Rondaxe Road
Inlet
13360
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...
Route 30
Long Lake
12847
Black Bear Mountain is a gem in the Inlet area! One of the nice features of the Black Bear Mountain trail is that you can loop over...
Inlet
13360
This moderately difficult trail follows a ridge overlooking the beautiful Fourth Lake. Please note that this route is not as well-...
Route 28
Inlet
13360
Owls Head Mountain is part of the Sargent Ponds Wild Forest, which covers an impressive approximate 45,000 acres. This rather...
Endion Road
Long Lake
12847
Wakely Mountain’s 70-foot tower is one of the highest in New York state, and the tower stairs afford an excellent view of the West...
Cedar River Road
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking 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...
Route 28
Eagle Bay
13331
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...
access road for O'Neill Flow
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Sawyer is one of the more popular routes in the Indian Lake Region, mainly due to its excellent payoff for little effort. Fun for...
Route 30
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
In a quiet corner of the Adirondacks sits Kane Mountain. A 60-foot fire tower was constructed here in 1925, making it a very...
Green Lake Road
Arietta
‎12139
Hiking The public is allowed to use the easement, lakes, and trails between August 23rd and June 23rd. The lands are privately...
Kickerville Road
Long Lake
12847
Pillsbury Mountain is one of those peaks that has a spectacular, remote, backcountry feel. A maze of scenic backroads will get you...
Lake Pleasant
12108
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
The Humphrey Mountain Trail has been around for decades, but is considered more of a well-marked path than a true trail. Hiking The...
Big Brook Road
Speculator
12164
First, there is a level walk on a marked trail to Good Luck Lake. A small backtrack to an unmarked trail leads up a short steep...
New York State Route 10
Arietta
‎12139
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 hike requires a canoe paddle to reach the trailhead in Norman's Cove, a short 1.0 mile from the Clarks Indian Lake Marina off...
Indian Lake
12842

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