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THIS IS THE ADIRONDACKS

The mountains, rivers, and lakes bordering Saranac Lake aren’t just for show, and those hiking boots on everyone’s feet aren’t a bold new fashion statement. While you’re here, why not let the scenery draw you in — we like to get out in every season.

If you’re new to outdoor recreation in the mountains, you’ve come to the right place. In Saranac Lake, your adventure can begin and end right in town, and if you need gear our rental shops can hook you up.

By foot

From downtown take a walk to Riverside Park, located at the intersection of Main Street and Route 3, and check out Lake Flower. This beautiful expanse of water is part of the Saranac River, and it’s ringed by mountains. From left to right you'll spot Mount Baker, then McKenzie, Haystack, and Scarface mountains. All four are part of the Saranac Lake 6ers, but let’s focus on Baker. Located in the village, it’s the perfect choice for a first-time hike, and the view of the High Peaks from its summit is nothing short of amazing.

By water

Just down the road from Riverside Park is the Lake Flower boat launch — a great starting pointing for a quick outing or an overnight adventure. Just paddle away from downtown — or motor away if that’s more your thing — and you’re on your way to Oseetah Lake, a fine destination if you want to be back in time for dinner. Continue on and you’ll pass a couple of free campsites before entering an incredibly scenic stretch of the Saranac River. Back here you’ll find wetlands teeming with wildlife, a couple more campsites, and a few small ponds before crossing under Route 30 and emerging into Lower Saranac Lake, a beautiful waterbody studded with islands.

By rock 

There are a few places to climb near Saranac Lake, but none are more popular than the McKenzie Boulders. This place is a smorgasbord of enormous glacial erratics that are excellent for climbing or exploring.

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