Hiking in New York

New York State is a region of diverse landscapes and opportunities that offer a fan of the outdoors a little of everything. The Adirondacks, in the northern half of the state are a paradise. Climb Mount Marcy or any of the 46er Peaks and experience the rush of the top and the fantastic views, the rare alpine vegetation on the rocky, bare summit, or even weather conditions that can be harsh enough to rival any other peak. Take a quiet walk around the seemingly unlimited number of ponds and lakes scattered around the valleys and lowlands. Follow a river to its highest source or quietly watch the animals in a brightly colored field.

The Cattskills are also a region of large mountains and steep passes where anyone could find something to do. Witness the grandeur of the Great Lakes as and the fertility of wine country and the Finger Lakes. Drink the freshest water of Saratoga Springs and walk the sandy shores of Long Island.

There's something for everyone in New York...if you can find it
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Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain
Lake Placid, New York, United States
 
Difficult: 12.0 miles, Full day
Via Whiteface Landing on Lake Placid. This is a great peak to finish your ADK on as your family can drive up to meet you

This is the most scenic route to the top of Whiteface in my opinion and the fact that you pass by a dock into Lake Placid where you can take a dip on the way back on a hot summer day is just fantastic. The summit has a huge alpine zone and a building with historic information in it for you to explore. There is also a road that goes all the way to...
Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge
Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge
Saint Huberts, New York, United States
 
Difficult: 11.0 miles, Full day
This is one of my favorite shuttled-car loop hikes in the High Peaks with a beautiful ridge descent with open views.

This 11 mile shuttled-car hike is one of my favorite of all the Adirondack 46. You'll bag two more 4,000 foot peaks and descend over many smaller ones as you travel east down Rocky Peak Ridge. The ascent up Giant Mountain is amazing with great views the entire way up. You'll pass by several ponds on this trip for filtering water as well. Check out...
Mt. Marcy
Mt. Marcy
New York, United States
 
Difficult: 18.0 miles, Full day
Mt. Marcy Via Johns Brook Lodge. The Highpoint of New York State.

This is actually the slightly longer approach to Mt. Marcy but I feel like it is a better one because it offers a loop hike at the end using two different trails. If you were to do a loop hike from heart lake you would need to climb over a pass behind Colden and descend quite a bit before ascending Marcy (more elevation change). Also, going this way...
Mt. Skylight, Mt. Marcy, and Gray Peak
Mt. Skylight, Mt. Marcy, and Gray Peak
Shady Corner Curve, New York, United States
 
Difficult: 18.0 miles, Full day
Two enormous bald summit 46ers and a trailess Gray Peak in a day loop hike form Heart Lake. A state highpoint as well.

This is an epic hike that will gain you three more Adirondack 46er peaks along with the State Highpoint, Mt. Marcy. Make sure to follow the GPS track and pay attention to the trail junctions as there a few. You'll pass by alpine lakes, the start of the mighty Hudson River, and descend the state highpoint past a beautiful waterfall. This hike can...
Mt. Colden
Mt. Colden
New York, United States
 
Difficult: 14.0 miles, Full day
Climb Mt. Colden on this beautiful loop hike through Avalanche Pass and returning via Lake Arnold.

On this beautiful loop hike you will pass through gorgeous Avalanche Pass and then ascend the steep Mt. Colden trail from the shores of Lake Colden. On top of this 4,715 foot peak you will have great views of the MacIntyre Range and also southeast towards the state highpoint, Mt. Marcy and the Great Range to the east. You will be able to look down...
The Seward Range - Seward, Donaldson, Emmons, and Seymour
The Seward Range - Seward, Donaldson, Emmons, and Seymour
Tupper Lake, New York, United States
 
Difficult: 28 miles, Multiple days
On one overnight trip grab the entire Seward Range and another four 46er peaks

This trip is done in an overnight and could be the longest trip of all the 46er climbs you've done. You will start by following the Blueberry Foot trail from the trailhead to the the Ward Brook Trail where you can set up camp at POI #2. The herdpath for the main Seward peaks begins on the east side of the first stream the Ward Brook trail crosses....
MacIntyre Range - Wright, Algonquin, Iroquois
Difficult: 14.0 miles, Full day
Climb the MacIntyre Range in one day from Heart Lake over three 46er peaks including the 2nd highest in the state

Although a bit strenous this loop climb up the MacIntyre Range is one of the most beautiful climbs in all the High Peaks (might be a tie with Rocky Peak & Giant). I suggest that you travel past Marcy Dam to Avalanche Lake and ascend the range in that direction as the trail from Lake Colden up to the ridge is very steep and best climbed rather than...
Big Slide and Yard
Big Slide and Yard
Keene Valley, New York, United States
 
Moderate: 11.0 miles, Full day
A fun loop hike up Big Slide and Yard with an easy descent down a ridge over the Brothers in the High Peaks of NY.

This is a fun loop hike from the Garden Parking Lot outside of Keene Valley that will bring you to the top of Big Slide, over the ridge to Yard and then return you via a gradual ridge descent with lots of open views towards the Great Range. You'll pass by historic Johns Brook Lodge on the way in and when you are on the top of Big Slide you will be...
Phelps Mountain
Phelps Mountain
New York, United States
 
Moderate: 8.8 miles, Half day
This is a very short climb from Adirondack Loj to the top of this 46er which as wonderful views from summit ledges.

This is an easy climb from Adirondack Loj to the top of Phelps at 4,160 feet. Although the summit is wooded there are spectacular views spanning from the Great Range all the way to Algonquin with the state high point, Mt. Marcy framed in the center. You'll want to take some time at the top for photos. This is one of th easier climbs in the high peaks...
Santanoni Range - Panther, Santanoni, Couchsachraga Peaks
Santanoni Range - Panther, Santanoni, Couchsachraga Peaks
Newcomb, New York, United States
 
Difficult: 17.1 miles, Full day
In this long hike you will climb three more 46er peaks that do not have maintained trails on them.

On this hike you will climb 3 more ADK 46er peaks. These peaks do not have maintained trails to their summits so you will need to follow the gps track in this guide carefully to follow the herd paths. You will leave Upper Works and follow a trail to Bradley Pond before heading off on the herd paths. When you get up to the ridge you'll be at a 4-way...
Mt. Esther
Mt. Esther
North Pole, New York, United States
 
Moderate: 4.8 miles, Full day
This is a fun alternative bushwack climb to the top of Esther from the Whiteface Memorial Highway.

This is a short but challenging winter climb up Mt. Esther from the Mt. Whiteface Memorial Highway. You'll climb up the road with either snowshoes or AT ski gear then drop it where you start to head into the thick brush up Mt. Esther. You'll have great views of Mt. Whiteface to the south the entire climb.
Colvin and Blake
Colvin and Blake
Keene Valley, New York, United States
 
Difficult: 15.0 miles, Full day
Two more high peaks on an easy climb from the Lake Road below.

On this relatively straightforward climb you will walk down the Lake Road, then follow the Gill Brook trail up over Mt. Colvin to Blake Peak thus grabbing two more 46ers for your list. You'll also have the option of checking out the Indian Head side Trail for great views over Lower Ausable Lake below. This guide also includes a short loop side trip...
Upper Great Range
Upper Great Range
Keene, New York, United States
 
Difficult: 18.0 miles, Full day
This very long hike will take you up the massive peaks of Saddleback, Basin and Haystack, grabbing you three more 46ers.

This hike will take you to 3 amazing 46er peaks including Mt. Haystack which I believe may have the best view of all the High Peaks. You will ascend the Ore Bed Brook Trail from Johns Brook Lodge until you get to the Range Trail to travel over Saddleback to Basin which is one of the steepest trails in the high peaks with a lot of scrambling over terraces...
Mt. Redfield and Cliff Mountain
Mt. Redfield and Cliff Mountain
Tahawus, New York, United States
 
Difficult: 17.0 miles, Full day
This detailed guide will take up two more 46er peaks without maintained trails to the top.

This is a long day hike from Adirondack Loj and heart Lake to two 46er peaks without maintained trails to their summits. You'll pass by a lake, and a massive slide going up Colden on the way to the start of the herd paths. When you start to head off trail onto the herdpaths please keep a close eye on the very accurate track in this guide and use it...
Table Top Mountain
Table Top Mountain
New York, United States
 
Moderate: 10.3 miles, Full day
This is a climb up to the wooded summit of Table Top from Adirondack Loj Heart Lake.

This is a straightforward climb up Table Top from the Adirondack Loj at Heart Lake. You will follow the Von Hoevenberg trail to just before Indian Falls and then head off on a herd path up to the wooded summit with limited views. If you have the energy on the way out you can always tag on Phelps Mountain as well making this a two 46er peak hike and...
Sleeping Beauty - Lake George
Sleeping Beauty - Lake George
Fort Ann, New York, United States
 
Easy: 7.0 miles, Half day
A nice loop hike over a mountain with beautiful views to a small pond and back on the remote east side of Lake George.

This is a fun seven mile loop hike that brings you over the summit of Sleeping Beauty to Bumps Pond and then back. Sleeping Beauty has wonderful views of Lake George to the west and over the small ponds and forest underneath it from a cliff band near its summit. This is a great hike for any season but in the winter make sure to stay clear of the cliff...
Cascade and Porter
Cascade and Porter
Keene, New York, United States
 
Moderate: 4.7 miles, Half day
These two 46er's a good start for you list as they are right off Rt. 73.

This 4,098' tall peak along with it's neighbor Porter at 4,084 are great starter peaks for aspiring 46ers as they are close to the road an a relatively easy climb, albeit steep. When you get to the junction and you are tired take the time to rest on Cascade and continue on to Porter as this is the easiest way to get both mountains.
Lower Great Range
Lower Great Range
Keene Valley, New York, United States
 
Difficult: 17.0 miles, Full day
In this epic loop hike you will climb Sawteeth, Pyramid, Gothics, Armstrong, Upper and Lower Wolfjaw grabbing five 46ers

This is one epic loop climb that will gain you five more 4,000 foot 46er peaks as well as Pyramid Peak on the way to Gothics. You'll start off down the Lake Road to the beautiful Ausable Lake, take a detour to Rainbow Falls and then ascend a less traveled scenic trail up to the top of Sawteeth with great views over Lower Ausable Lake to Colvin and...
Nippletop and Dial
Nippletop and Dial
Saint Huberts, New York, United States
 
Difficult: 15.0 miles, Full day
A great loop hike that descends a long ridge with fantastic views of the Great Range while also ascending two 46ers.

This is a great 15 mile loop hike that will take you down a beautiful Lake Road towards Lower Ausable Lake and then climb to the top of two 4,000 foot peaks. From Nippletop you will have great views towards the Great Range over Colvin and descending the ridge over Dial and then the smaller Bear Den you will also get glimpses of Dix Mountain before...
Street and Nye Mountains
Street and Nye Mountains
Shady Corner Curve, New York, United States
 
Moderate: 9.1 miles, Full day
Follow this guide closely to climb these two 46er peaks which do not have maintained trails to their summits.

Althouth these two peaks have wooded summits the hike is relatively straightforward and easy except for some blowdown near the top of Nye that you might encounter. Street has a nice viewpoint near the summit. You should have views of the MacIntyre Range on this trip while you bag two more 46er peaks without maintained trails. Follow the gps track...
Hadley Mountain
Hadley Mountain
Allentown, New York, United States
 
Moderate: 3.2 miles, 1-3 hours
A great family hike to the top of a small mountain with great views of the Southern Adirondacks and a fire tower.

This short round trip trail of only 3 miles follows red trail markers from the parking lot to the top with amazing views of the southern Adirondacks. You will find an old ranger station at the top as well as a restored fire tower. You will also have great views on the way up. Bring a camera. This is a great family hike.
Prospect Mountain - Lake George
Prospect Mountain - Lake George
Lake George, New York, United States
 
Easy: 2.9 miles, 1-3 hours
An easy up and down hike to a peak overlooking Lake George and the village below with a really fun optional descent down

This is a short 3 mile hike up and back to the top of Prospect Mountain above Lake George Village. From the top you'll see the remains of an old hotel and the old funicular railway that used to bring hotel guests up the mountain. You'll also have spectacular views south over the Glens Falls area and North up the southern end of Lake George. If it...
Black Mountain - Lake George
Black Mountain - Lake George
New York, United States
 
Moderate: 6.7 miles, Half day
This is a fun loop hike that will take you up Black Mountain and then past several ponds on the east side of Lake George

Black mountain is the tallest mountain on the shores of beautiful Lake George and the view from the summit of the entire 32 mile long lake is incredible. This hike will take you up Black Mountain and the down the west side of it to head into the remote wilderness on the east side of Lake George. You'll pass by several ponds and then head back to the...
Crane Mountain
Crane Mountain
Garnet Lake, New York, United States
 
Easy: 4.0 miles, Half day
A beautiful loop hike up Crane Mountain complete with suspended ladders up cliffs and a descent past a mountain pond.

This loop trail takes you up the steep route up to the top of Crane Mountain's exposed summit. This route even climbs a tall ladder suspsended to a rock cliff so get ready to climb a bit! Once on top you'll have great views from multiple ledges and then descend around a beautiful mountain pond of the same name with an option to climb some rock ledges...
Moreau Lake Overlooks
Moreau Lake Overlooks
Gansevoort, New York, United States
 
Easy: 2.5 miles, 1-3 hours
This is a short hike up to some great overlooks over both Moreau Lake to the east and the Hudson River to the west

This is an easy hike appropriate for young children or older parents to get them out into the woods for some nice views. The overlook is on Palmertown Mountain.
Lower Tongue Range - Lake George
Lower Tongue Range - Lake George
Bolton Landing, New York, United States
 
Moderate: 11.8 miles, Full day
A great loop hike that brings you along the shore of Lake George then over 3 small peaks on the Tongue Mountain Range

This is a wonderful hike. You will park at the southern trailhead for the Tongue Range, Clay Meadows next to a quarry. From there you will follow a nice trail around the shore of the lake to Montcalm Point where you'll have great views of the Narrrows. Then you'll gradually ascend the southern end of the Tongue Range over 3 nice peaks with great...
Hurricane Mountain
Hurricane Mountain
New York, United States
 
Moderate: 2.6 miles, Half day
This is a great climb up a smaller peak in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack State Park.

This is one of the better non-4,000 foot peaks in the area. It has a completely bald summit with 360 degree views as well as a very cool firetower on top. it is a short climb from Route 9N and can easily be done in an afternoon. Make sure to bring a camera!
MacNaughton - The Unlisted 46er!
MacNaughton - The Unlisted 46er!
Shady Corner Curve, New York, United States
Moderate: 13.5 miles, Full day
For those seeking to climb all 46 Adirondack Peaks above 4,000 ft you can't be legit unless you climb this unlisted one!

This peak in the Adirondack High Peaks is over 4,000 feet in height but when the initial surveys were taken to name the 46 high peaks for the climbing club it was considered under 4,000 feet. With more accurate laser and gps surveys this has become the unlisted 4,000 footer of the high peaks and for those 46ers with any grain of self-respect this is...
Mt. Marshall
Mt. Marshall
Tahawus, New York, United States
Difficult: 13.0 miles, Full day
Climb this trailess peak from Upper Works to claim another 46er and the southernmost peak of the MacIntyre Range.

Mt. Marshall is the most southern peak of the beautiful MacIntyre Range but unfortunately it is a bit removed from the next peak, Iroquois Pek, so it does not have any maintained trials to its summit. The clearest herdpath to the top is to follow Herbert Brook from the Flowed Lands just between the Flowed Lands and Lake Colden. You'll have great views...
Slide Mountain - Catskills
Slide Mountain - Catskills
New York, United States
Easy: 5.4 miles, Half day
A short jog up a 4,000 foot peak in the Catskills and another on your NE 111er list.

This is a very easy climb up Slide Mountain in the Catskills. Like other summits in the Catskills the top is wooded but there is an overlook near the top that offers great views over the surrounding hills. You'll also pass through very distinct forest stands on the way to the top (look at the mountain in satellite view to see what I mean). I did...
Blackhead, Black Dome and Thomas Cole
Blackhead, Black Dome and Thomas Cole
East Jewett, New York, United States
Moderate: 6.3 miles, Full day
Three Catskill peaks over a beautiful mountain range. These aren't on any major peak list but are worth the trip.

This is a fun hike over a beautiful range in the Catskills. You will climb 3 different peaks in this hike and have various views from near the wooded summits of each. To do this one-way hike you can shuttle cars or, as I did, drop a bike off at the Big Hollow Trailhead and bike back to the starting trailhead when you are done with the hike.
Hunter Mountain - Catskills
Hunter Mountain - Catskills
Elka Park, New York, United States
Difficult: 4.1 miles, Half day
A 4,000 foot Catskill peak and one of the Northeast 111 in an easy day hike up to a great fire tower lookout.

This is the most difficult route up Hunter Mountain but also the shortest climbing 2,000 feet in just 2 miles! The top of this mountain has a little cabin, picnic table and a great fire tower you can climb for unbelievable views in all directions and down to the ski trails lower on the mountain.
Shelving Rock Mountain and Shelving Rock Falls Lake George
Easy: 6.5 miles, Half day
You will climb to the top of Shelving Rock Mountain and then down to the shore past Shelving Rock Falls.

This is a fun hike exploring the Shelving Rock Mountain area on the east side of Lake George. You will climb to the top of Shelving Rock Mountain for views down to the lake and then explore the shoreline around Log Bay and Shelving Rock Bay. You'll pass by beautiful Shelving Rock Falls twice on this hike. Be careful on the rocks around the falls...
Pharaoh Mountain
Pharaoh Mountain
Adirondack, New York, United States
Moderate: 6.7 miles, Half day
A short climb up a nice mountain in the southern adirondacks with great views over a lake with the same name.

This approach from Crane Pond is less steep then the eastern side one from Pharaoh Lake. From the top you will have great views in every direction over the vast Pharaoh Lake wilderness. This is a great hike for every season.
North Tongue Mountain Range - Lake George
North Tongue Mountain Range - Lake George
Silver Bay, New York, United States
Moderate: 9.5 miles, Full day
A terrific shuttled car climb over the northern part of the Tongue Mountain Range above beautiful Lake George.

This is a great hike over a small mountain range called the Tongue Mountain Range on Lake George, NY. I have another guide for the southern portion of this range as well. This hike will take you over Brown Mountain which has a lean-to and up to the top of Five Mile Mountain. You'll also be rewarded with a great dip in Lake George at Deer Leap if...
Buck Mountain - Lake George
Buck Mountain - Lake George
Fort Ann, New York, United States
Moderate: 6.6 miles, Half day
A short afternoon climb to the top of a small mountain with superb views of Lake George below from its rocky summit.

You'll only be going up 1,985 feet in this 4 hour climb from Pilot to the top of Buck Mountain at 2,448 feet. The summit is very rocky with great views all around. Over the lake on a clear day you will see the High Peaks towering to the north. Tip: Head up here on the 4th of July to camp out on the summit. See my explaination in the summit...
Mt. Jo - Lake Placid
Mt. Jo - Lake Placid
New York, United States
Easy: 2.0 miles, 1-3 hours
This is a short loop hike up a small mountain above Heart Lake at Andirondack Loj with great views of the High Peaks

This is a very short two mile loop hike that will bring you to the top of a wonderful little peak above Heart Lake with just over 600 feet of climbing. It's a great hike for little kids or an older family member who you would like to get into the outdoors. It's also a good hike if you have time and energy after another shorter 46er hike like Phelps...
Mt. Adams - Adirondack High Peaks Region
Mt. Adams - Adirondack High Peaks Region
Newcomb, New York, United States
Moderate: 4.5 miles, Half day
This is a straightforward hike to the top of a smaller peak in the Adirondack High Peaks with a firetower & great views

This is an out-and-back hike that takes you to the top of a 3,500 foot mountain just to the south of the main High Peaks Complex. At the summit is a firetower you can feel free to climb if open for great views of all the surrounding Adirondack Peaks. On the trail in you will cross wet areas with planks on the trail and have good views across Lake...
Avalanche Lake Via Adirondack Loj and Heart Lake
Moderate: 9.5 miles, Full day
This is a wonderful hike into a beautiful cliff-lined alpine lake deep in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks Region

This is a wonderful hike from Adirondack Loj to Avalanche Lake in between Mt. Colden and Algonquin. You'll climb along ladders and bridges bolted directly to the cliff walls around the lake. The views up the slides and trapdike towards the top of Colden are incredible.
Pitchoff Mountain and Balancing Rocks
Pitchoff Mountain and Balancing Rocks
Lake Placid, New York, United States
Moderate: 3.7 miles, Half day
A nice short climb to the top of a smaller peak in the Adirondack High Peaks

A fun hike up Pitchoff Mountain past some glacial eratics left behind called the "Balancing Rocks" area. The summit ridge has great views over all the high peaks too. This is a great hike for any season, just watch out if it is icy up on the rocks on the way up.