One foot in front of the other

Saranac Lake is a hub for hikers. Hiking is a favorite in the Adirondacks, and Saranac Lake is a beautiful region for beginner and experienced hikers alike. Gently meandering paths, trails to lake-side views, and big mountaintop vistas all await anyone who hikes here.

Try it, we think you'll like it!

If you're new to hiking, the Saranac Lake 6ers are the best mountains around. But they aren't the only ones! Head out in any direction from town to find hikes that range from family-friendly to challenging. Each hike will offer something unique, from interesting geological features to stunning scenery. We have hikes close to town and others a little further afield, where you'll wind your way through pine-scented forests and past sparkling brooks. Have you ever heard a loon? You just might on a hike here!

For a different kind of challenge, try out the six peaks and breweries of the ADK 6 Pack Challenge! It's a fun experience and a unique one!

Whether you're a beginner or a hiker from way back, in the Saranac Lake region you'll find hundreds of miles of beautiful trails that are ready to be explored, savored, and enjoyed.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is a great resource for more outdoor recreation-related information, including useful maps!

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK Pledge

By taking the Love Your Adirondacks Pledge and practicing Leave No Trace ethics you can help ensure that the forests, waterways, and communities of the Adirondacks remain beautiful and unique for generations to come. Our Hiking 101 page is a great resource to check out before you hit the trail!

 

From the parking area on state Route 3 between Saranac Lake and Bloomingdale, this easy hiking trail goes 1.1 miles to the south end of Moose Pond. From the parking area, the trail crosses the Saranac River on a metal bridge before the trail register....

Saranac Lake, NY 12983

This hike can be extended with spur trails for more pond exploration. Despite the name, motor vehicles are not allowed on the trail by the general public. However, the designation does allow for mountain and fat biking, skiing, hiking, snowshoeing...

Route 3
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Ampersand Mountain's open summit provides breathtaking 360-degree views, but you'll have to work for it. The first half of the trail is fairly easy, but once it starts going up it's relentlessly steep until the top. Give yourself plenty of time to...

Forest Hill Avenue
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Accessible, short, and fairly easy as mountains go, Mount Baker is one of the most popular hikes in the region. Baker is also a Saranac Lake 6er; it's recommended those vying for 6er status tackle it first. Stats Distance: 0.9 mile to the summit...

Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977

McKenzie Mountain is a 3,822-foot mountain with two distinct peaks that are visible from many places around Saranac Lake. The path begins with a long, pleasant hike through the forest before the serious climbing begins, but when it does it is relentless.

Always an incredible moment to share with someone close.
Keese Mill Road
Paul Smiths, NY 12970

St. Regis Mountain is a fairly long hike, but the gradually increasing difficulty puts its spectacular fire tower views within reach of most hikers. There are also fantastic views from the peak's open ledges, making this hike a fall favorite! If that...

Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977

Haystack is an outstanding adventure for the entire family and a great introduction to the area for those new to hiking. This Haystack should not be confused with the third highest High Peak, Mount Haystack, which is 4,960 feet high and located near...

Welcome to the hip side of the High Peaks The High Peaks are popular for a lot of reasons -- they're rugged, they're challenging, and above everything else, they're beautiful -- but with the rising popularity of hiking, many of our taller mountains...

Raybrook Road
Ray Brook, NY 12977

Scarface Mountain is just outside of Saranac Lake, on the way to Lake Placid. It is one of the Saranac Lake 6ers but its view is the least open of all the mountains on that list, which is probably why this trail sees less use than the others. That...

Floodwood Road
Paul Smiths, NY 12970

Floodwood Mountain is an excellent hike for the entire family. The terrain is moderate with only a short amount of steep sections. From the gate you will be hiking along a forest road, where a bit of flooding often occurs due to beaver activity. The...

Bring those headlamps and enjoy this incredible sunset vantage point.
Route 3
Tupper Lake, NY 12986

The trail starts climbing right away with tall pines towering over you. The trail then swings west to reduce the grade a bit and then back to the east to gain a small ridge that brings you to the partially open summit. From the summit area the Seward...

Route 26
Loon Lake, NY 12989

There is a nice trail that is maintained by the DEC. The trail starts out following an old forest road before it becomes a foot trail beneath you. The grade is never too steep. The fire tower is not open to the cab at this time, but it is being...

Route 30
Tupper Lake, NY 12986

Fernow Trail, also known as the Fernow Plantation Loop, was named after Bernhard Fernow. He was one of the fathers of modern forestry and the first chief of the US Forest Service. Look for brochures in the register box for information which...

Coreys Road
Tupper Lake, NY 12986

Seymour Mountain is the stand alone peak of the Seward Range and located on the opposite side of Ouluska Pass and separated from Seward, Donaldson and Emmons by a very deep valley. For 90% of the hikers it is climbed on a separate day than the other...

Seymour
Route 30
Paul Smiths, NY 12970

From the VIC parking area, cross the paved road and locate the gated woods road which will be to your right and a bit further down from the gazeebo. Once on the woods road you will have a flat hike for quite some time with just small gently sloping...

Jenkins has a nice view from a rocky summit.