Hiking the Adirondacks A Guide to the Areaand39;s Greatest Hiking Adventures  by Lisa Densmore Ballard

Hiking the Adirondacks: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Hiking Adventures Guide Book

by Lisa Densmore Ballard (Falcon Guides)
Hiking the Adirondacks A Guide to the Areaand39;s Greatest Hiking Adventures  by Lisa Densmore Ballard
This book features the best day hikes and weekend backpacking trips in the mountain wilderness of northeastern New York State. From 360-degree mountaintop views to dramatic waterfalls and pristine ponds, it takes readers to 47 of the most scenic locations, some well-known and others off the beaten path.

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Trails from the "Hiking the Adirondacks: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Hiking Adventures" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 47.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 47.

Algonquin Peak is the second-highest mountain in New York State after Mount Marcy, and the only other 5,000-footer. It dominates the MacIntyre Range, which also includes Boundary Peak, Iroquois Peak, Wright Peak, and Mount Marshall. The long-standing reason for the name, Algonquin Peak, was the belief that it was the southern boundary of the Algonquin nation. In reality, the Algonquins lived much farther north, but the name stuck. This popular though challenging climb takes you to a broad rock summit, with excellent views of Mount Marcy, the Great Range, the slides on Mount Colden, Avalanche Lake, and Lake Colden.
Lake Placid, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.2
This hike has a flat approach, then a steep ascent to a broad open summit with a 360-degree view of the Saranac Lake chain of lakes to the north, the High Peaks to the south and east, and the Seward Range to the west. Located on the northwestern edge of the High Peaks region, Ampersand Mountain is believed to be named after nearby Ampersand Creek on its southern flank, which supposedly twists like an ampersand symbol, though Ampersand Lake, a private lake into which the creek flows, more closely resembles the symbol.
Saranac Lake, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
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This challenging 3-day loop takes you deep into the High Peaks, past Avalanche Lake, Lake Colden, and Lake Tear in the Clouds, then climbs over Mount Marcy, the tallest peak in New York State. Mount Marcy is a mecca for hikers in the Adirondacks because it is the tallest mountain in the state and because it has a grand open summit with views over 50 miles in every direction on a clear day. Though many people hike up Mount Marcy as a day trip, it is a long 14-mile day up the shortest, most popular route, which departs from Adirondak Loj via the Van Hoevenberg Trail. The region around Mount Marcy is a web of trails that lead to six other prominent peaks—Algonquin, Wright, Iroquois, Colden, Phelps, and Skylight—as well as four trail-less 4,000-footers, Gray, Redfield, Marshall, and Table Top.
Lake Placid, NY - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 18.5
It’s the consummate small mountain with a big reward and a perfect kid hike to a view of the mountains and lakes around Saranac Lake, with the Great Range in the distance to the southeast. From the sign- in box at the trailhead, the broad, obvious path (red NYSDEC markers) enters the woods and soon begins to climb up a rock- strewn path. The trail is fairly steep at first, but the footing is good and it soon moderates. You pass through a pretty hardwood forest filled with maples and poplars, which glow red and yellow in late September and early October.
Saranac Lake, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
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It’s a kid-friendly hike, even for small children, with a number of cliff-top views en route to a fire tower. There are sixteen Bald Mountains in New York State. Do not allow dogs to climb the fire tower. This one is tagged with the suffix “Rondaxe,” the name of a lake just to the north of the mountain and is sometimes called “Rondaxe Mountain.” However, the lakes on the other side of it are the main draw on this short hike.
Eagle Bay, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
A local favorite to a nice view of many landmark mountains in the High Peaks region. There are three approaches up Baxter Mountain. This one (blue NYSDEC markers) is the shortest and easiest. The trail is smooth and flat as you enter the woods. It immediately passes through a power-line cut and then climbs easily through white birch, hemlock, and firs. It ascends some broad log steps as more hardwoods come into the mix, and then becomes steeper, though nothing harsh.
Keene, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
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This Adirondack classic rewards with multiple views from a series of rock ledges and from a landmark peak and then passes by Johns Brook Lodge, the Adirondack Mountain Club’s historic backcountry base camp.
Keene Valley, NY - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 11.6
This kid- friendly hike has a fun scramble up a rock chimney and a nice view of Seventh Lake from the summit. Located in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest at the northeastern end of Fourth Lake, Black Bear Mountain is appropriately named. If you are observant, you will likely see bear tracks and scat in the clearings beside the lower trail, along with signs of deer and other wildlife. This hike is also appealing for the fun climb up the ledgy upper mountain and the view from the cliff at its summit.
Eagle Bay, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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A nice family hike to the highest mountain and some of the best views in the Lake George area.Black Mountain is the highest peak with a trail in the Lake George area. It crowns the eastern shore of the lake at its halfway point. There are two trails to its summit, one from the shore of the lake, requiring a boat, and the other one from Pike Brook Road, which is described here. This one is longer but climbs less vertically.
Lake George, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
This is one of the most popular hikes in the Adirondacks, up a nature trail to a fire tower and a 360-degree view. Blue Mountain is one of the most climbed mountains in the Adirondack Park. About 15,000 people ascend to its fire tower along a fourteen- point nature trail each year. If you follow the trail guide available at the sign-in box, over the course of the hike, you get a good sense of the geologic and natural history of the region. Some of the numbered points of the nature trail are included as markers in this trail description.
Blue Mountain Lake, NY - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 4
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This invigorating hike rewards you at the top with a terri?c view of Lake George and the distant High Peaks. Buck Mountain sits on a piece of land within the Lake George Wild Forest just below the skinny southern end of Lake Champlain on the shore of Lake George. It’s a relatively easy hike despite the nearly 2,000 feet of vertical gain because the climb comes in waves, up short, steep pitches with generous mellow sections in between. It’s special for the view of Lake George. There are two approaches to the mountain, one from the east from Shelving Rock Road, and this one, from the west near the shore of the lake. This one is more popular because of its pleasing views of the lake along the way.
Pilot Knob, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8
It’s the easiest of the 4,000-footers and a great “starter” hike, with a view of many other Adirondack peaks, plus Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont.
Lake Placid, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
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It may be a minor peak but it offers major views of nearby Whiteface Mountain, and the climb is one of the longest, most fun scrambles over open rock in the Adirondack Park. There are five Catamount Mountains, plus one Catamount Peak and several more Catamount Hills and Knolls in New York State. This one is the highest. It’s also arguably one of the most fun hikes in the Adirondacks. Often overlooked due to its short mileage and the fact that it’s under 4,000 feet in elevation, Catamount is a favorite among regular hikers in the High Peaks region for its extensive open rock and ledgy scrambles.
Wilmington, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
It’s a fun climb up rocks, slab, and a couple of ladders to an eye-popping view of the region, then a gentle descent to a small remote pond with a nice beach. The hardest part of this hike is finding the trailhead, but once there you’ll enjoy this interesting climb to the summit of Crane Mountain and the pleasant walk to the pond of the same name. This hike is a lollipop, meaning you begin and end on the same trail, but make a loop over the mountaintop, then down to the pond on a high shelf of the mountain, before rejoining the trail you started on.
Thurman, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.1
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A peaceful woodland hike that climbs to an uncrowded open rock perch and a view of Meacham Lake. Debar Mountain is one of those hikes that clears the head and calms the soul. Named for John Debar, a Canadian fur trapper who traveled through the area in 1817, there are other nearby peaks that are bigger, balder, and better known, but it still offers a nice view from a rock perch where a fire tower formerly stood.
Malone, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.4
It’s a short, steep ascent to a cliff-top view of Piseco Lake and the Silver Lake Wilderness. Echo Cliff is a rock outcropping on the eastern side of Panther Mountain. The summit of the mountain is another 300 vertical feet higher than the cliff, but it is covered with trees and offers little view. The cliff is the better destination, a perfect hike if you want little exercise and a big reward.
Piseco, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
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This steep climb passes a scenic mountain tarn then rewards with views of the Champlain Valley, the Great Range, and many other landmarks in the High Peaks.
Saint Huberts, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.6
A pleasant hike to a rocky lookout and a remote tarn on Giant Mountain, great for those who want a view but don’t want to scale an entire 4,000-footer. Giant’s Nubble is a knob of rock on the southern side of Giant Mountain, the tallest peak in the Giant Mountain Wilderness. There are two approaches to the Nubble, one from the Roaring Brook Trail and the other from the Ridge Trail, which are 1.3 miles apart on NY 73. If you have two cars, you can start at one end and hike to the other, which is about the same mileage as doing it as an out-and- back. It is not a good idea to walk beside NY 73, which winds through a narrow ravine between the two trailheads, with a guardrail on one side and a steep hillside on the other.
Saint Huberts, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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This tranquil trek takes you through airy woods to a gorge that’s surprisingly dramatic even during periods of low water. This hike is located in the Independence River Wild Forest, a 673-acre state forest named for the trout stream that flows through it. Gleasmans Falls is an impressive series of cascades on the Independence River that churns through a long gorge with 30-foot rock walls. The roaring gorge lies in stark contrast to the peaceful northern forest that surrounds it.
Lowville, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
This modest hike climbs along a nature trail to a 60-foot ?re tower with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, lakes, and ponds. Named for Sylvester Goodnow, a homesteader who settled at the base of the mountain in the 1820s, Goodnow Mountain is the only hike in this book that is not maintained by the NYSDEC, though the state built the fire tower on its summit. The mountain is located in the Huntington Wildlife Forest, which is owned by the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. The forest is a field station for wildlife research and ecology studies. The trail is maintained jointly by SUNY and the Town of Newcomb. Camping, hunting, and plant collecting are not allowed.
Newcomb, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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