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!