ATTENTION: NYSDEC-controlled fire towers are open to visitors. Only one household group should be in the fire tower cab, groups should social distance on the summit while waiting to climb to the cab, sanitize hands before and after being on the fire tower, and wear masks.

Discover a stunning array of hiking options for all levels of outdoor adventurers in the Adirondack Hub! In summer, the shade from the canopy will cool you as you make your way to a scenic vista or backcountry pond. The trails don't remain dormant during the winter, and neither should you! Bring or rent snowshoes and continue to climb mountains even after the snow has begun to fall. Many of the area's trails also make for good cross-country ski trips as well.

Hikes outside of the High Peaks

Hikes outside of the High Peaks en Francais

Find a hike that fits

Try the 5 mile Bear Pond Loop or the 7.2 mile Pharaoh Lake trail for easy to moderate level trips. If you're looking for something a bit more challenging, head up Pharaoh Mountain. With an elevation of 2,557 feet, it offers the area's highest peak and sweeping views of the surrounding countryside from the top.

State-protected wilderness areas such as Pharaoh Lake and Hoffman Notch together boast over 90 miles of trails, 47 bodies of water, and almost 85,000 acres — providing plenty of room to get outside and explore. Both areas abound with day hikes that will take you past numerous small lakes and ponds, and even several geological and historical sites. If you're up for a challenge, try a hiking challenge like the ADK 6 Pack and earn yourself a unique souvenir!

The historic side of hiking

To get a glimpse of area history, head to Rock Pond Mine and explore the remains of a former graphite mine site or take the trek to Adirondack Great Camp Santanoni near Newcomb Lake.

Make the most of your trip

Take in the scenery this season on your own or with a certified Adirondack wilderness guide who can share nature's secrets along your journey. And check out Schroon Lake shopping options if you need to load up on some last minute gear before heading out on the trail.

Choose a local guide to show you the best trails and views and download the Hiking Guide.

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.

Learn more about the Leave No Trace Seven Principles

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There are bridges and viewing stands for maximum enjoyment of the scenery.
5922 State Rte 28N, Newcomb
The Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center in Newcomb serve as environmental education and tourist orientation centers. Miles of scenic, surfaced trails complemented by indoor exhibits and multi-image presentations on the park. In summer, there...
Tracy Road, North Hudson
How to Get There Ensign Pond Road is 2.5 miles north of North Hudson. (Casa Turn Road/Route 4C leads to Ensign Pond Road.) Continue for 10.7 miles and turn left on Tracy Road. Continue for 1.75 miles to the trailhead on the right. The trailhead...
Ensign Pond Road, North Hudson
The Challis Pond Trail is an easy, 1.2 mile loop to Challis Pond through a hemlock and cedar forest. The trailhead is on Ensign Pond Road (county Route 4), 2.6 miles from Route 9 or 6.5 miles west of Windy Hills Road.
Round Pond is a quiet gem of a pond.
Ensign Pond Road, Moriah
A pleasant woods walk to Trout Pond, with a trail that follows half of the pond's shoreline. Trailhead: The Ensign Pond Road/Route 4 trailhead offers the easiest access. From the intersection of Route 9 and Route 4, go 6.2 miles northeast and look for...
Route 74, Ticonderoga
From the day-use area, locate the trail on the right of the parking lot. Follow this through the woods to the campsite road and to the left. Continue on the road for around a half mile to the trailhead on the left. There is no parking at this trailhead.
Putts Pond Rd, Schroon Lake
How to get there From the intersection of Route 9N, Route 22 and Route 74 in Ticonderoga follow Route 74 toward Schroon Lake. Continue for just under 5 miles to Putts Pond Road on the left. Follow Putts Pond Road to the end at the Putnam Pond State...
All kinds of water fun on Paradox Lake.
897 NYS Route 74, Paradox
Camping This campground is set amid rolling hills of hardwood along a quiet scenic road. Canoes and rowboats are available for rent at the registration booth. Located on the shore of Dark Bay, on Paradox Lake. There are hot showers, flush toilets...
This is a great destination for hiking, paddling, fishing, and its also a winter trail.
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...