In Saranac Lake, we take the outdoors seriously, so if you're looking for endless options to get out you've come to the right place.
Hit the trail
Start right in town with the easy, 0.9-mile hike to the summit of Baker Mountain and enjoy sweeping views of the Adirondack High Peaks. If you want more, take on the rest of the Saranac Lake 6ers. There are six mountains, including Baker, in the Saranac Lake region that need to be climbed to earn the 6er patch. Take the challenge and earn your winter 6er patch! If you want something more low key, spend an afternoon exploring the trails at the Paul Smith's VIC or at Saranac Lake's own Dewey Mountain Recreation Center. All of the seemingly endless trails that are easily accessible from Saranac Lake also make great snowshoe trips when snow is on the ground.
Hit the slopes
Rent cross-country or alpine skis and do a little sliding on the white stuff while you're in town! The Saranac Lake region is home to more than enough options for skiers, whether you like to bomb the groomers or take a quiet ski through the woods. Right in town, parents can let kids take a lesson at Mount Pisgah while watching from the warmth and comfort of the lodge, or the family can venture out on the surprising variety of terrain offered at Dewey Mountain. The Paul Smith's VIC also has groomed cross-country and snowshoe trails if you want to get a little farther afield. All three ski desitinations offer rentals for the whole family, or bring your own gear and just hit the slopes.
When you've had your fill of stretching your legs, kick back and relax in town! There's something going on every week in Saranac Lake, so check out the events calendar, or simply take a stroll though our funky downtown. You'll find artists at work, musicians at play, and plenty of options for food and shopping.
Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK
The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.