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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Loon Lake Mountain

Brand new trail! After being only accessible by bushwhacking, Loon Lake Mountain now has a completely public trail, built by the DEC ...
Location: Loon Lake, NY

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, NY

Indian Carry to Stoney Creek Pond

This trail is part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (Adirondack Passage) but gets used on a regular basis as a short hiking trail to ...
Location: Saranac Lake, NY

Low's Ridge

Low's Ridge is a hidden gem whose trail is starting to come into the limelight. While this hike requires the visitor to travel along an ...
Location: Tupper Lake, NY

Owls Head Mountain

Owls Head Mountain is part of the Sargent Ponds Wild Forest which covers an impressive approximate 45,000 acres. This rather prominent ...
Location: Tupper Lake, NY

Trombley Landing

This short trail is a nice hike through an attractive forest that ends at a lean-to site on the Raquette River. The terrain is quite ...
Location: Saranac Lake, NY

Fernow Trail

A delightful wildlife trail that is just over a mile in length, through Wawbeek Plantations, a century old white pine and Norway spruce ...
Location: Tupper Lake, NY

Turtle Pond Loop

Easy walk around the shore of Turtle Pond.: Route 86 just east of Saranac Lake, second parking lot from the railroad tracks (heading ...
Location: Saranac Lake, 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

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