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  Adirondack Mountains

We invite you to take a virtual tour of some of our most popular travel destinations including the historic mountain communities of Keene, Keene Valley, Lake Placid, Jay, Wilmington, Saranac Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, and Tahawus.

Keene and Keene Valley 'Home of the High Peaks'

The greatest number of high peaks in the Adirondacks (in a single location) rise majestically in the Keene/Keene Valley Region making this area a meca for hikers, climbers and other visitors who wish to experience the remarkable beauty of the Adirondack mountains. There are literally hundreds of trail heads located in the tiny hamlet of Keene including the trail to the summit of Mt. Marcy, the highest mountain in New York State. Every year the Annual Adirondack Mountaineering Festival is held mid January in Keene Valley. The event is a celebration of mountaineering that includes a variety of ice climbing and mountaineering clinics.

The 46 High Peaks

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Photo courtesy of Jim Grant

The High Peaks Region is famous for its magnificant 46 peaks including Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in New york State, with an elevation of 5344' .The 46 peaks include the following mountains (listed in order of height):
Mt. Marcy, Algonquin Peak, Mt. Haystack, Mt. Skylight, Whiteface Mtn,Dix Mtn. , Gray Peak, Iroquois Peak , Basin Mtn., Gothics, Mt. Colden, Giant Mtn., Nippletop, Santanoni Peak, Mt. Redfield, Wright Peak, Saddleback Mtn., Panther Peak, Tabletop Mtn., Rocky Peak Ridge, Macomb Mtn., Armstrong Mtn. ,Hough Peak, Seward Mtn., Mt. Marshall, Allen Mtn., Big Slide Mtn., Esther Mtn. , Upper Wolfjaw, Lower Wolfjaw , Street Mtn., Phelps Mtn., Mt. Donaldson, Seymour Mtn., Sawteeth, Cascade Mtn., South Dix, Porter Mtn., Mt. Colvin, Mt. Emmons, Dial Mtn., East Dix, Blake, Cliff Mtn., Nye Mtn., and Couchsachraga Peak.

Select Adirondack Hikes and Trail Descriptions

The Algonquin tour
An introduction the many landscapes of mountains, brooks and lakes of the Adirondack. The best way to discover the second highest summit of the Adirondack with a trip to some remote areas. The whole hike is a loop of 19 km. This may look very long but its all downhill after the summit of Algonquin. All the beautiful nature scenes make this one a must to do for a hiker with an average experience.

Mount Marcy:
This is the highest mountain in the Adirondack with 5344 feet. Marcy is located in the middle of the High Peaks Region. This mountain must be seen from a very close location to be able to admire its beauty. Three of the major accesses to the Adirondack region make possible a day hike to it. The shortest approach start at Heart Lake and follows in and out the Van Hoevenberg Trail. This is a 23,75 km hike that takes an average of 7 hours. The easiest way to shorten this distance is to camp at Marcy Dam. This will cut 7,3 km to the distance. Marcy Dam is a rustic camping area. It takes an hour of walk to get there from Heart Lake.

"View from Noonmark"
by Photographer Carl Heilman

Gothics, the 10th highest peak, has an impressive 360° view. This proposed hike is less popular than the one starting from The Garden, but it has a lot of things to see as: many viewpoints of the Gothics Arch, an impressive ascent to the Pyramid summit on your way down and a passage near two of the highest waterfalls in the Adirondack. The whole hike is a loop of 21 km. The only drawback is the long and doll Lake Road you will walk on your way in and out.

Colden is located between Marcy and Algonquin. It offers a 360° summit view and a long open ridge. This trip is an other way to visit the great area of Avalanche Pass. The whole hike is a loop of 21 km.

A small summit from the list of those over 4,000 feet but its half open summit has one of the best views in the Adirondack. Over 10 km of the trail is on flat or low grade ground. The whole hike is 14 km long.

An open summit that is just under the 4,000 feet level, very similar to Cascade. It has a better viewpoint toward many of the highest peaks than Cascade. If you're looking for a longer trail, it's possible to make a loop and even add Round Mountain on your way. The shortest hike has a total of 6.6 km.

Adirondack Trail Guide
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Hiking through the Adirondacks
West  Chazy, Dannemora, Beekmantown
Plattsburgh, Chazy
Eagle  Bay, Old Forge, Thendara
Old Forge, Big Moose
Keene  Valley, Lake Placid, Elizabethtown
Lake Placid, Keene
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Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake
Thurman,  Stony Creek, Brant Lake
Lake George, North Creek
Raquette  Lake, Indian Lake
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Cranberry Lake, Potsdam
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