Hiking in Saranac Lake

Hiking is both a local and visitor favorite in the Adirondacks, and Saranac Lake is a great central hub for beginner and experienced hikers alike. With access not only to the Adirondacks' 46 High Peaks, hikers can find hundreds of additional beautiful trails ready to be explored. On the right day Mount Marcy, the highest peak in the state at 5,344 feet, is a good choice for experienced hikers.

For a less aggressive vacation hike, try any of the Saranac Lake 6ers. Mount Baker, a 1.8-mile roundtrip, is suitable for any skill level with its 890-foot ascent to a 2,457-foot elevation. Mount Bakers lends time to enjoy a true Adirondack hike and still have time to enjoy other things Saranac Lake has to offer.

Have you heard of the Saranac Lake 6ers?

Hiking enthusiasts, including hardcore hikers, come to the Adirondacks for the chance to call themselves a 46er, a title earned by those who hike the Adirondacks' 46 highest peaks. There’s even a second, more prestigious title of Winter 46er for those who conquer them all from December 21 to March 21. If you record your ascents, you are entitled to wear the Winter 46er rocker patch.

As an enticing — and more modest — alternative, Saranac Lake put together a great lineup of six fantastic area mountains ranging from 2 to 10 miles in length. Those who conquer all six earn the esteemed title of 6er. Hiking buffs, don’t be fooled here. You can still challenge yourselves with the ultimate challenge of climbing all six in a 24-hour period to earn the title of Ultra 6er. 

Learn while you burn 

We love learning and recommend taking advantage of hiking and education at the nearby Paul Smith’s College Visitors Interpretive Center (VIC). The VIC offers year-round environmental education and outdoor recreation opportunities. It is a great way to get introduced to hiking, as it features miles of family friendly interpretive trails through old growth forest, marshland, and bogs.

Stay close to all of these great Adirondack trails

Rest and rejuvenation in the fresh Adirondack air is what has always brought people to Saranac Lake. Add a little outdoor activity and you’re ready for an epic night's sleep. Take your time enjoying the many hikes in Saranac Lake and stay at one of Saranac Lake’s hotels or other lodging options. Discover Saranac Lake’s healing heritage. Rest and relax, Saranac Lake has many great dining options and an artsy downtown shopping area. There are many advantages to staying in Saranac Lake — view our stay options and packages today!


Map of Hikes in Saranac Lake

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Ampersand Mountain

Ampersand is one of the most popular hikes in the Region and is designated as one of the Saranac Lake 6er’s. From the ...
Location: Saranac Lake, New York

Azure Mountain

One of the best fire tower peaks with a sweeping view of both the Adirondack mountains and the St. Lawrence Valley even without climbing ...
Location: Saranac Lake, New York

Black Ponds Loop

From the trailhead parking, cross Keese Mill Road and locate the trailhead on the opposite side (just slightly back up the road). ...
Location: Paul Smiths, New York

Bloomingdale Bog

Bloomingdale Bog has two entrances from which you can start, from the Bloomingdale side and the Saranac Lake side; you can do a two-car ...
Location: Bloomingdale, New York

Boot Bay Mountain

This destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is highly ...
Location: Saranac Lake, New York

Cobble Lookout

Constructed in the fall of 2014, this new trail is sure to become very popular because it is only one mile with little climbing ...
Location: Wilmington, New York

Coney Mountain

Coney is home to a new trail; while the old one once followed a property line the new one has a trailhead consistent to what you would ...
Location: Tupper Lake, New York

Debar Mountain

The trail register is located near the yellow state gate. From here, you will begin a mellow hike along an old carriage road for 1.2 ...
Location: Paul Smiths, New York

Deer Pond Loop

Deer Pond is the finest destination point and you may find that to be enough, don’t feel that the entire loop is the only way ...
Location: Tupper Lake, New York

Fernow Trail

This is a wonderful trail through a mixed forest of mostly evergreens. The trail was designed in a lollipop loop formation, so you can ...
Location: Tupper Lake, New York