There are Many Great Hiking Trails in the Adirondack Park Outside of the High Peaks Wilderness Area
The Adirondack Park is nearly 6-million acres in size, larger than the states of Massachusetts and Vermont, a place that can hold a number of national parks within its boundary, known as the Blue Line. The High Peaks Wilderness Area is the most popular destination for hikers because of the vast array of mountains of all sizes to hike and a network of 200 miles of formal trails and 100 miles of informal trails. Because of the high public use, the High Peaks has experienced extensive damage to the natural resources and public hiking trails. The High Peaks trails are often overcrowded and the trailhead parking areas fill up quickly and early most days throughout the summer months and winter weekends. The Adirondack Park has many alternatives for great places to hike outside of the High Peaks.
Explore Other Natural Treasures in Adirondack Park
There are many terrific hiking trails in the Adirondack Park that offer hikers great rewards from stunning views and experiences in different terrains that showcase the vastness and diversity of the Adirondack landscape.
The online trail guides listed below include descriptions, trail directions, pictures, and maps that detail the hike and provide information about protecting the natural resources and wild areas of the public Forest Preserve and Adirondack Park and how to be prepared for a good hike.
Guide to Hiking Trails in the Northern Adirondack Park
Silver Lake Mountain This is a moderate 1.8-mile (round trip) hike over a steep and rocky trail that leads to a craggy mountaintop with sweeping views of Silver Lake, Taylor Pond, and the mountain and ridges of the northern Adirondacks.
Coon Mountain This is an easy 1.4-mile (round trip) hike through a complex and unique forest to a small mountaintop with great views of the Champlain Valley and Lake Champlain.
Haystack Mountain (Ray Brook) This is a great 6.6-mile (round trip) hike in the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Area that leads to an open rocky summit with great views to the north and west.
McKenzie Mountain A challenging 10.6 mile (round trip) hike that climbs to a 3,861-foot craggy summit with great views of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Whiteface Mountain and many High Peaks.
Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain A classic 4.6-mile hike (round trip) on a trail that gradually gains elevation that leads hikers through varied forests, around beaver meadows, wetlands, and ponds, to a rocky summit with a firetower that provides great panoramic views of the Champlain Valley and central Adirondacks.
Azure Mountain A short, moderate hike north of Paul Smith’s that leads to an open, rocky summit with a historic firetower that provides sweeping views of the northern Adirondacks.
Debar Mountain An 8.2-mile hike (round trip) through great forests, that passes a lean-to and ruins of an old cabin, before reaching a rocky mountaintop with great views.
Floodwood Mountain A short 3-mile hike (round trip), six miles down the Floodwood Road, outside of Saranac Inn, which leads to an open summit with great views of the northern Adirondacks.
Loon Lake Mountain A 5.6-mile hike (round trip) that starts on dirt roads on conservation easement lands and then goes through old forests on the Forest Preserve before reaching a mountaintop with sweeping views from a firetower.
St. Regis Mountain A 6.8-mile hike (round trip) that winds through dense and beautiful forests and leads to a wide-open summit with a firetower that provides grand, sweeping views.
Guide to Hiking Trails in the Central Adirondack Park
Moxham Mountain This 4-mile hike (round trip) is one of the best in the Adirondacks, winding through forests and wetlands and over 11 scenic outcrops and overlooks on the way to a wide open mountain with broad sweeping views.
Severance Mountain This is an easy 2.4-mile hike (round trip) just north of Schroon Lake that leads to a rocky mountaintop with great views of Schroon Lake and the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area
Vanderwhacker Mountain A terrific 6-mile hike (round trip) through beautiful forests, wetlands, and beaver ponds, that passes by an old cabin ruin and leads to a firetower on the mountaintop with spectacular panoramic views.
Coney Mountain This is a short 2.2-mile hike (round trip) that winds through beautiful forests and reaches a wide-open summit with stunning panoramic views.
Goodman Mountain This is an easy 3-mile hike (round trip) along an old road and hiking trail through dense forest. The summit provides great views to the south and west.
Cascade Pond A long 9.2-mile hike (round trip) that is partly on a long section the Northville-Placid Trail that leads to a beautiful secluded ponds with rocky outcrops on the shoreline and a lean-to.
Chimney Mountain A short, yet steep, 2.5-mile hike (round trip) to a rocky summit with unique geological features and great views. The area is also popular for caving exploration.
Echo Cliffs A wonderful short 1.2-mile hike (round trip) that leads to a series of flat open cliffs that lookout over Piseco Lake and the southern Adirondacks.
Ferd’s Bog A very short 0.6-mile flat hike (round trip) that leads to a boardwalk and viewing platform in 50-acre wide-open peat mat and bog, with a great variety of trees, plants and wildflowers.
OK Slip Falls A 6-mile hike (round trip) over rolling trail that leads to a stunning remote waterfall with great places to sit and admire the view.
Owls Head Mountain A 6.2-mile (round trip) hike through beautiful forests that ascends to a mountaintop summit with a firetower and panoramic view
Pillsbury Mountain A 6.4 mile (road trip) hike that starts on a dirt road and traverses some of the oldest forest in the public Forest Preserve on the way to an open rocky summit with a firetower that provides grant panoramic views.
Sawyer Mountain A lovely 2-mile hike (round trip) through old forests with many big trees and glacial erratics that leads to a tree-covered some with an exposed cliff that provides views to the north.
Tennant Falls A hike 4.2-mile hike (round trip) through beautiful forests and three waterfalls. Many hikers stop at the first waterfall, which is just 1 mile.
Wakely Mountain A 5-mile hike (round trip) through varied forests that is a steep climb for the last mile that leads to a tall firetower that provides a panoramic view of the central Adirondacks.
Balm of Gilead Mountain A 3-mile hike (round trip) that leads to a mountaintop with one of the best views in the central Adirondacks.
Cat Mountain A 6-mile hike (round trip) that starts on a dirt road and leads to an open summit with great views of Lake George and the eastern mountains.
Crane Mountain The hike up Crane Mountain offers a 2.8-mile hike round trip on a steep route with a tall ladder at one point, a longer 5.4-mile hike round trip that passes a beautiful pond, or a 4.1-mile loop hike, that all lead to a long flat 0.5-mile summit with grand views to the south.
Five Mile Mountain This is a moderate 7.2-mile (round trip) hike on a long and beautiful ridgeline trail that leads to a mountain summit that overlooks Lake George.
Peaked Mountain A 6.8-mile hike (round trip) winds along the shoreline of Thirteenth Lake, passes by Peaked Mountain Pond and beaver meadows, en route to a wonderful rocky summit with terrific views the south and west of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness and beyond.
Guide to Hiking Trails in the Southern Adirondack Park
Hadley Mountain A 3.5-mile hike (round trip) that is steep in sections that leads to open cliffs and a rocky summit with a firetower that provides a panoramic view of the Great Sacandaga Reservoir and the southern Adirondacks.
Spruce Mountain A beautiful 2.6-mile hike (round trip) through lush forests and grassy meadows that reaches a ridge-top firetower with grand 100-mile views.
Guide to Hiking Trails in the Western Adirondack Park
Bald Mountain Also called Rondaxe Mountain, this is a short, easy 2-mile (round trip) hike outside of the Old Forge in the western Adirondacks that provides a big payoff with a wide-open summit and restored firetower with a panoramic view.
Stillwater Mountain This hike is less than 2 miles (round trip) and winds along a wide, well-maintained trail to a firetower with great views of the rolling hills and lakes of the western Adirondacks