Hiking in Saranac Lake

Hiking is both a local’s and visitor’s favorite in the Adirondacks, and is a central hub to beginner and experienced hikers alike. With access not only to the Adirondack’s 46 highest peaks in New York, hikers can find hundreds of additional beautiful trails ready to be explored. On the right day for the experienced hiker, Mount Marcy, the highest peak in the region at 5,344 ft might be the best fit, or for a less aggressive vacation hike try any of the Saranac Lake 6ers'. A just right pick would be Mount Baker, a 1.8 miles round-trip, any skill level hike, with an 890’ ascent to a 2,457’ 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, actually let’s be honest, hardcore hikers come to the Adirondacks for the chance to call themselves “46er,” a title earned by those who hike all the 46 Adirondack High Peaks. There’s even a second, more prestigious, title of “Winter 46er” for those to conquer them all in the winter (December 21 – March 21) - (and if you record your ascents are entitled to wear the Winter 46-R rocker patch). As an enticing (and more modest) alternative, Saranac Lake put together a great line up of 6 fantastic area mountains ranging from 2-10 miles in length and those that conquer all 6 earn the distinction of a “6er.” Hiking buffs, don’t be fooled here, you can still challenge yourselves on these 6, 2-10 mile hikes - with the ultimate challenge to climb all 6 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 these great Adirondack trails

Rest and rejuvenation along with the Adirondack fresh air is what has always brought people to Saranac Lake, add a little outdoor activity and you’re ready for an epic nights 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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Haystack Mountain

This out and back hike is an outstanding hike for the entire family and a great introduction to the area for those new to hiking. (This ...
Location: Ray Brook, NY

Mount Baker

Baker Mountain also referred to as Mount Baker, depending on who you ask, is one of the most popular family hikes in the region. ...
Location: Saranac Lake, NY

Scarface Mountain

Scarface is one of the local hikes in the Saranac Lake Region that is designated as one of the Saranac Lake...
Location: Ray Brook, NY

Ampersand Mountain

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

Paul Smith's College VIC

There are over 25-miles of trails available at the Paul Smiths Visitors Interpretive Center (VIC). Being open 9-5, you will have all day ...
Location: Paul Smiths, NY

McKenzie Mountain

McKenzie Mountain is a 3,861-foot (1,177m) mountain in western Essex County in the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness area which spans an area ...
Location: Ray Brook, NY

Moose Pond

At Route 3 snowshoe down the old farm road and cross the steel grated bridge over the Saranac River. This trail is an old woods road and ...
Location: Bloomingdale, NY

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, NY

Seward Mountain

Seward is often climbed with Donaldson and Emmons, also located along the same ridge. The combination of the three peaks is a very long ...
Location: Saranac Lake, NY

Mount Donaldson

Donaldson Mountain is the peak located in the center of the range and boasts the best views of the ridge. With an open rock ledge you ...
Location: Tupper Lake, NY