Hiking in the Adirondacks is unlike many other places across the country. There’s many breathtaking peaks, thousands of lakes and rivers, all tucked away just waiting for your next adventure. The Adirondack Park is the largest state park in the country and has become a major reason people from all over visit Upstate New York. If you’re an avid outdoorsman and plan on hiking in the Adirondacks then check out a few peaks we definitely suggest! These range from moderate hikes which make for a great day trip and some of the big boys that will take you to the top of the state!
Buck Mountain is a 5.8 mile, moderate hike that will give you amazing panoramic views of the beautiful Lake George. Located in the Southern Adirondacks Buck is a great hike for those looking to venture out into the Adirondacks for the first time or looking for a nice relaxing day hike. It’s proximity to Lake George village makes it an ideal day trip. Grab some great views at the top and enjoy a packed lunch overlooking Lake George. When you’re done soaking in the sun head down to the village for a bite to eat!
Mount Jo is a short 2 mile hike which is great for beginners. Located directly in the middle of the High Peaks Wilderness this easy hike will give you fantastic views of the high peaks without having to hike all day. You’ll also get a great view of Mount Marcy, the tallest peak in the state! If you’re just getting into hiking or bringing a friend along, this is a great place to get hooked on hiking in the Adirondacks.
Perhaps one of the most famous views of the Adirondacks comes from the top of Indian Head. Wondering about it’s name? Then hike a short distance further and look back at it. That will answer all your questions. Indian Head looks directly down Lower Ausable Lake which sits directly between multiple high peaks. We promise once you’re at the top the views will look like something out of a movie. Be sure to grab a photo to document your Adirondack hiking experience.
Looking for a bigger challenge then the 3 mountains above? Big Slide’s got you covered. Named for its famed rock slides, Big Slide stares straight at the Great Range. This view traverses 12 different mountains over a course of 25 miles and conquers roughly 10,000 feet of elevation gain. When viewing these peaks from Big Slide you’ll get one of the best views in the entire state. Twelve high peaks will be staring directly at you across John’s Brook. The allure of Big Slide doesn’t just start at the peak either. You’ll get views of the Great Range for the majority of your hike up too!
More commonly known for the ski resort, Whiteface Mountain is one of the most popular peaks in the Adirondacks to hike. A little over 9 miles, this is rated as a difficult hike for experience hikers. From the summit you’ll look down on Lake Placid. When you’re close to the top we’re almost sure you’ll recognize the views from somewhere online. If you’re looking for a challenge then Whiteface, the 5th tallest mountain in the state is an excellent adventure.
Finishing up our suggestions for hiking in the Adirondacks is the peak that tops them all, Mount Marcy. This list wouldn’t be complete without the tallest mountain in New York. This difficult 14-16 mile hike (depending on the trail you take) will give you views of many other high peaks. Furthermore you’ll be able to see Mont Royal in Montreal, Canada, and the Green Mountains in Vermont. Anyone who is a very experienced hiker will definitely want the challenge that is accomplishing Mount Marcy. It’s something that you’ll remember forever.