Hiking in the Adirondacks
From the Saranac Lake 6ers to the 46 High Peaks

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!

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