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Hiking in Adirondack Park
Adirondack Hiking Information
Below and above are links for just some of the many hikes that are available in the Adirondacks. We will be updating the links from time to time, so stop back and check out the new additions. Hiking in the Adirondacks is very popular, especially in the fall. There are over 1800 miles of trails in the park.
BE AWARE: Back country hiking trails can be rugged and rough. Be sure to wear proper footwear! Sandals, sneakers or flip flops are not what you want on your feet!
REMEMBER: Weather and trail conditions can change rapidly, especially during fall, winter and spring. It could be warm or hot during the day and then temperatures can drop dramatically over night. Plan and prepare accordingly. What's in your backpack? Be prepared even for a short day hike!
BE PREPARED! It could be the difference between life and death!
- Check current weather conditions and short-term forecast immediately before hiking.
- Dress properly with:
- Appropriate outer wear and foot wear (including crampons)
- Layers of non-cotton clothes (jeans are not a good choice)
- Pack extra clothes and socks
- Hat & gloves are good to have, even in the summer
- Pack an ensolite pad to rest on and insulate your body from cold surfaces.
- Pack a bivy sack or space blankets for extra warmth.
- Always carry a flashlight and extra batteries.
- Matches, lighter or other fire starter
- Extra food
- Maps/Guide Book/Compass/GPS
We've used a Garmin eTrex Vista HCX for about six years now and am very happy how it performs for the cost of the unit. We use rechargeable batteries and usually have about 12 hours of battery life for the GPS (as long as you don't leave the backlight on).
The Adirondack Park is a six-million acre patchwork of public and private lands located in northeastern New York. The area was designated in 1892 to protect the region from uncontrolled forest clearing that was common during the 1800s. Today, the Park contains a thriving mix of forests, wetlands, waterways, and human settlement.
The Adirondack Forest Preserve is defined as the 2.6 million acres of state land within the Adirondack Park. Look below for a list of all the different state lands located within this amazing park as well as a few of the hundreds of possible hikes in the Adirondacks. You'll find more Adirondack hike links from the different state land pages.
We've split the huge Adirondack Park into eight section to make planning your next Adirondack adventure easy. Follow the links below to find great hiking opportunities in the Adirondacks.
|West-Central Adirondacks||Central Adirondacks||SW Adirondacks||SE Adirondacks|
|East-Central Adirondacks||High Peaks Region||NE Adirondacks||NW Adirondacks|
Here are some books we recommend for planning your Adirondack Adventure:
- Guide To Adirondack Trails - High Peaks Region
- Five-Star Trails in the Adirondacks: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Hikes
- Guide To Adirondack Trails: West-Central Region
- Guide To Adirondack Trails: Eastern Region
- Guide To Adirondack Trails: Southern Region
- Hiking the Adirondacks: Guide to 42 of the Best Hiking Adventures in the Adirondacks
- Adirondack Trails with Tales: History Hikes through the Adirondack Park
- Discover the Central Adirondacks
- Discover the Adirondack High Peaks
- Discover the Northern Adirondacks
- Discover the Eastern Adirondacks
- Discover the West Central Adirondacks including the Moose River Plains
- Discover the Northeastern Adirondacks
- Discover the Southeastern Adirondacks
- Discover the South Central Adirondacks
List of just some of the many hikes available in Adirondack Park
|Echo Cliffs on Panther Mountain||Sawyer Mountain||Blue Mountain||Goodnow Mountain|
|Blue Ledges on the Hudson River||Algonquin Peak||Hadley Mountain||Bald Mountain|
|Snowy Mountain||Rocky Mountain||Northville-Placid Trail||Black Bear Mountain|
|Vanderwhacker Mountain||Vista Trail||Woodhull Mountain||Good Luck Mountain Cliffs|
|Kane Mountain||Crane Mountain||Siamese Ponds||Auger Falls|
|Big Slide & Yard Mountains||Ampersand Mountain||Bear Mountain||Azure Mountain|
|Debar Mountain||Catamount Mountain||Mount Marcy||Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain|
|Moss Lake Loop||Bubb, Sis & Moss Lake Loop||Bubb & Sis Lake||Mount Haystack|
|Whiteface Mountain||Hurricane Mountain||Baker Mountain||Round & Noonmark Mountain|
|Giant Mountain||Mount Adams||Hopkins Mountain||Peaked Mountain|
|Wakely Mountain||Paul's Ledge||Dix Mountain||Pharaoh Mountain|
|Gothics||Cascade Mountain||Mount Colden||Mount Jo|
|Phelps Mountain||Sawteeth||Indian Head||Mount Colvin|
|Dial Mtn & Nippletop||Rooster Comb||Lyon Mountain||High Falls Loop|
|Lampson Falls||Harpers Falls||Jenkins Mountain||Pillsbury Mountain|
|Deer Pond Loop||Floodwood Loop||Floodwood Mountain||Middle Settlement Lake Loop|
|Tongue Mountain Loop||Cobble Hill||Owls Head (Lake Placid)||Owls Head Lookout|
|Owls Head Mountain||Death Falls||Sagamore Lake Loop||Sagamore Cascades|
|Gleasmans Falls||Nicks Lake Loop||Emmet Hill Loop||Panther Pond|
|St Regis Mountain||Silver Lake Mountain||Taylor Pond Loop||Cooper Kiln Pond|
|Coon Mountain||Split Rock Mountain||Belfry Mountain||Jay Mountain|
|West Mountain||Shallow Lake||Otter Hollow Loop||Bug & Eagles Nest Lakes|
|McKenzie Mountain||Mount Arab||Cascade Lake Loop||Queer Lake|
|Sand Lake Falls||Chub Pond||Gull Lake Loop||Cathedral Rock|
|Baxter Mountain||Prospect Mountain||Ferd's Bog||Rock Lake|
|Rock River||Tirrell Pond||Bullhead Pond||Bear Lake|
|Ledge Mountain Overlook||Nine Corner Lake||Broomstick Lake||Jockeybush Lake|
|Sand Lake||Good Luck Lake||Sugarbush Plantation||Cod Pond|
|Kibby Pond||Coney Mountain||Catlin Bay||Fern Mountain|
|Nun-da-ga-o Ridge Loop||Cheney Mountain||Mount Defiance||Chase Lake|
|Fawn Lake||Challis Pond||Hammond Pond||Brewer Lake|
More Adirondack Trail Information from the NY DEC website:
- Trail Information for the Northern Adirondacks - General trail information, closures and notices for the northern portion of the Adirondack Mountains
- Trail Information for the Northeastern Adirondacks - General trail information, closures and notices for the northeastern portion of the Adirondack Mountains and the Lake Champlain islands.
- Trail Information for the High Peaks - General trail information, closures and notices for the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains
- Trail Information for the Central and Southern Adirondacks - General trail information, closures and notices for the central and southern portion of the Adirondack Mountains
- Trail Information for the Eastern Adirondacks - General trail information, closures and notices for the eastern portion of the Adirondack Mountains
- Trail Information for the Southeastern Adirondacks - General trail information, closures and notices for the portion of the Adirondack Mountains east of Lake George
Are you planning a backpacking trip? Check out any of these books to help you prepare:
List of the different state lands within Adirondack Park
|Independence River Wild Forest||Ha De Ron Dah Wilderness||Black River Wild Forest|
|Ferris Lake Wild Forest||Shaker Mountain Wild Forest||Silver Lake Wilderness|
|Wilcox Lake Wild Forest||Jessup River Wild Forest||West Canada Lakes Wilderness|
|Siamese Ponds Wilderness||Moose River Plains Wild Forest||Blue Ridge Wilderness|
|Fulton Chain Wild Forest||Pigeon Lake Wilderness||Pepperbox Wilderness|
|Five Ponds Wilderness||Watson East Triangle Wild Forest||Aldrich Pond Wild Forest|
|Grass River Wild Forest||White Hill Wild Forest||Raquette River Wild Forest|
|Raquette - Jordan Boreal Primitive Area||Cranberry Lake Wild Forest||Lows Lake & Hitchins Pond Primitive Area|
|Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest||Round Lake Wilderness||William C. Whitney Wilderness|
|Sargent Ponds Wild Forest||Blue Mountain Wild Forest||Hudson Gorge Primitive Area|
|Lake George Wild Forest||Pharoah Lake Wilderness||Hoffman Notch Wilderness|
|Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest||Hammond Pond Wild Forest||Dix Mountain Wilderness|
|Giant Mountain Wilderness||High Peaks Wilderness||Hurricane Mountain Primitive Area|
|Jay Mountain Wilderness||Split Rock Mountain Wild Forest||Sentinel Range Wilderness|
|Saranac Lakes Wild Forest||McKenzie Mountain Wilderness||Wilmington Wild Forest|
|Taylor Pond Wild Forest||Debar Mountain Wild Forest||Debar Mountain Primitive Area|
|Chazy Highlands Wild Forest||West Canada Mountain Primitive Area||St Regis Canoe Area|
|Madawaska Flow/Quebec Brook Primitive Area||Deer River Primitive Area||Split Rock Mountain Area|
|Boreas Ponds Tract||Boquet River Primitive Area||OK Slip Falls Tract|
|Essex Chain of Lakes Tract||Indian River Tract|
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