Adirondack State Park - 6 Million Acres
Adirondack Forest Preserve - 2.3 Million
8,000 Sq. miles of mountains
2,000 miles of foot trails
200 lakes at least a square mile area
There are over 2,000 high peak mountains
There are over 40 high peak mountains
over 4,000 feet
The highest peak is Mount Marcy at 5,344
There are over 50 species of animals
Over 220 Birds Over 30 species of reptiles
66 species of fish
Over 2,300 lakes and ponds
1,500 miles of rivers
30,000 miles of brooks and streams
Hiking in the Adirondack Region
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – The Adirondack
region of New York boasts over 2,000 miles of hiking trails, leading to beautiful lakes, rivers and mountain summits. It is
the largest hiking trail system in the nation, providing visitors with great access to the Adirondack wilderness.
are numerous access points for hiking along the region's scenic byways. The trailheads are clearly marked by signs along the
road, while the various roadside lots provide ample parking, allowing hikers to stop their car and begin their adventure.
Adirondack region includes the 6 million-acre Adirondack Park, surrounding countryside and the western shore of Lake Champlain.
The region is well-known for its mountains, with 42 peaks over 4,000 feet in height, enticing travelers from all over the
Hikers in the Adirondack region will discover trails suited to all abilities and interests. There are hundreds
of easy hikes to small mountains with incredible views suitable for families with children. Those intent on finding solitude
may spend a week backpacking in the wilderness; while hikers who are hoping for a real challenge may climb the region's High
The High Peaks region presents endless possibilities for hiking enthusiasts. One hundred of the region's mountains
are higher than 3,000 feet. Mount Marcy is the highest peak in New York at over 5,300 feet, with several different routes
to the summit, making it a very popular destination for hikers.
Many area hikers prefer Algonquin Peak, the other Adirondack
peak over 5,000 feet. This is a challenging climb with views of the High Peaks at the summit. Cascade and Porter both measure
just over 4,000 feet. These are the easiest High Peaks hikes and they provide very rewarding views for the effort. They are
also very popular hikes; so don't expect to be alone.
The Adirondacks are most famous for the High Peaks, but the area
offers so much more. Few hikers are aware that there are over 2 million additional acres that have trails, lakes and mountains
to explore in areas that are much less crowded than the High Peaks region. The southern and western Adirondacks are areas
that has been somewhat forgotten by hikers who often head directly for the High Peaks. As a result, the trails in these areas
are free of other hikers; in fact, hikers in these regions may never encounter another person during their outing. Suitable
for beginners, the smaller mountains and easy trails in the area provide opportunities for families and less experienced day
hikers. Although the mountains are much smaller, wonderful views of the High Peaks can be found from the summits.
of the most interesting and perhaps least known features of the Adirondack region is the 133-mile continuous wilderness footpath,
the Northville – Placid Trail. The trail connects the Adirondack foothills in the south with the High Peaks region to
the north. Lakes, ponds and streams are met at every turn as the trail passes along valleys, ridges and mountaintops. The
trail runs in a north-south direction and the degree of ascent is not difficult for a hiker in moderately good condition.
An average hiker with backcountry experience should plan on about 8-11 days to make the trip, though the trail could be traveled
in sections by hikers on overnight trips.
The Adirondack Regional Tourism Council can provide information about hiking
in the region. For a copy of Adirondack Great Walks and Day Hikes, contact the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council at 800-487-6867,
or visit www.Adirondacks.org.
Needed for a Day Hike
Comfortable, sturdy shoes or hiking boots
Knife / multipurpose tool
Lightweight rain jacket
First aid kit
Hat / sunglasses
Don't forget your camera!
Basic Rules for Hiking and Camping
in the Adirondack region
The rules associated with using Department of Environmental Conservation managed public
lands in New York state for recreational purposes are relatively simple and straightforward:
ˇHiking and backcountry
camping are allowed on Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack Park;
ˇGenerally, camping is prohibited on Unique Areas,
Wildlife Management Areas and other categories of state land;
ˇHiking is generally permitted anywhere but special requirements
apply to mountain biking and horseback riding;
ˇCamping is prohibited within 150 feet of roads, trails, lakes, ponds, streams
or other bodies of water;
ˇLean-tos are available in many areas on a first come first served basis. Lean-tos cannot be
used exclusively and must be shared with other campers;
ˇCarry out what you carry in. Practice "leave no trace" camping;
plants, rocks, fossils or artifacts from state land without a permit is illegal.
Department of Environmental Conservation
Ray Brook, NY 12977
High Peaks Region is the territory of the "46ers" – a loosely organized club of those who've climbed the 46 highest
Adirondack peaks. You don't join the Forty-Sixers, you become one by climbing these peaks. Your climbs must be reported to
the Adirondack Forty-Sixer Historian.
The Office of the Historian
Schenectady, NY 12309-0046