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rise majestically in the Keene/Keene Valley Region making this area
a meca for hikers, climbers and other visitors who wish to experience
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the Adirondack mountains.
There are literally hundreds of trail heads located in the tiny
hamlet of Keene including the trail to the summit of Mt. Marcy,
the highest mountain in New York State.
Adirondacks offer some of the best hiking, camping and recreation opportunities
in the northeastern United States. The hills are big; it is known as the High
Peaks region, Mt. Marcy reaches 5,344 ft, Algonquin is 5,114 ft, and there are
more than 40 peaks over 4000 ft tall so the hiking can be challenging but the
views that you get while ascending, and while standing on the summits are well
worth the effort.
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is the highest mountain in the Adirondack with 5344 feet. Marcy
is located in the middle of the High Peaks Region. This mountain
must be seen from a very close location to be able to admire its
beauty. Three of the major accesses to the Adirondack region make
possible a day hike to it. The shortest approach start at Heart
Lake and follows in and out the Van Hoevenberg Trail. This is a
23,75 km hike that takes an average of 7˝ hours. The easiest way
to shorten this distance is to camp at Marcy Dam. This will cut
7,3 km to the distance. Marcy Dam is a rustic camping area. It takes
an hour of walk to get there from Heart Lake.
Saddleback Mt. is named for its two peaks with a small valley. It
is located between Gothics and Basin Mt. in the Great Range. The
East side trail of Saddleback offers great views of the Gothics.
The West side trail traverses a very steep rock cliff unique in
its style in the Adirondacks. This rock cliff is very steep and
ropes may be needed for safe passage.
This is one of the most popular summit of the Adirondacks. The two
main trails are at 1 km (Roaring Brook Trail) and at 3 km (Ridge
Trail) South from St-Hubert. The Ridge Trail is the most spectacular
one with from the middle of its height a long bare rock section
with many viewpoints toward the West over the Dix Range, The Great
Range, Mt. Marcy, Algonquin Peak and up to Cascade Mt.. This trail
difficulty is similar to the one of Algonquin Peak from Heart Lake.
They have similar length and high. The beginning of the Ridge Trail
is very steep whereas the one of Algonquin Peak is very progressive.
The second most popular approach is the Roaring Brook Trail that
passes a side trail leading to a waterfall (Roaring Brook Falls)
then follows a ridge with some viewpoints to the summit. It is possible
to make a long loop using those two trails.
This mountain peak is one of the most remote of the high peaks and is located
just South of Mt. Marcy. It has a very distinctive round shape and it's summit
is almost flat and as big as a football field. The South approach from Upper Works
is the easiest one to get there in one day.
One of the most
popular summits of the Adirondacks with Algonquin Peak and Giant Mt.. It's the
easiest hike among the 4,000 feet summit. Cascade Mt. has a 360 degree view from
its large rocky top. There is a magnificent view to the North of the entire Lake
Placid Valley. The entire hike is in a wooden trail except for the last ˝ km,
which is on bare rock. This summit stands apart from the other High Peaks, so
there is no view over those highest summits that are Mt. Marcy, Mt. Colden or
A small summit
from the list of those over 4,000 feet but its half open summit has one of the
best views in the Adirondack. Over 10 km of the trail is on flat or low grade
ground. The whole hike is 14 km long.
This summit is part of the Pinnacle
Ridge just after Mt. Colvin in the Upper Ausable Lake region. This is a tree-covered
summit with a viewpoint between the trees to the South at Elk Lake. Even if the
trail that leads there from Mt. Colvin is a marked trail, it looks more like a
herd path than like a regular maintained trail. They are many very steep sections
that might be easier to pass with help of a ladder or a rope.
is the second highest mountain in the Adirondack at 5114 feet. It's also one of
the three most popular ones with Cascade Mt. and Giant Mt.. It takes less than
three hours to hike up and less than 2,5 hours to hike down for a 13 km over all
distance from Heart Lake.
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The 46 High Peaks
High Peaks Region is famous for its magnificant
Maps of the Adirondack Mountains
High Peaks Region
peaks including Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in New york State,
with an elevation of 5344' .The 46 peaks include the following mountains
(listed in order of height):
Mt. Marcy, Algonquin Peak, Mt. Haystack, Mt. Skylight, Whiteface
Mtn,Dix Mtn. , Gray Peak, Iroquois Peak , Basin Mtn., Gothics, Mt.
Colden, Giant Mtn., Nippletop, Santanoni Peak, Mt. Redfield, Wright
Peak, Saddleback Mtn., Panther Peak, Tabletop Mtn., Rocky Peak Ridge,
Macomb Mtn., Armstrong Mtn. ,Hough Peak, Seward Mtn., Mt. Marshall,
Allen Mtn., Big Slide Mtn., Esther Mtn. , Upper Wolfjaw, Lower Wolfjaw
, Street Mtn., Phelps Mtn., Mt. Donaldson, Seymour Mtn., Sawteeth,
Cascade Mtn., South Dix, Porter Mtn., Mt. Colvin, Mt. Emmons, Dial
Mtn., East Dix, Blake, Cliff Mtn., Nye Mtn., and Couchsachraga Peak.
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Hiking - Baxter Mountain
Jim Grant - Guest Writer - Adirondacks.com
I think of the best time of the year to hike in the Adirondacks, I recall the
words of a forest ranger I'd met at Adirondack Loj headquarters at Heart Lake,
"You just can't beat being in these peaks in the fall. The bugs are gone,
the air is cool, and the color of the leaves, well, they'll make you stop what
you're doing and make you think you'd gone to heaven."
was in the mood for a little bit of heaven last Friday. As it was just the first
week of September, the weather was still warm. In fact, today's high called for
a record 90° with the potential for afternoon thunderstorms. But a glance
out of my cabin window to the top of a century-old maple revealed the first scarlet
hues of fall.
here is kind of like watching a puppy grow up. It happens quickly, and if you
don't pause now and then to enjoy it you'll miss it.
tip on hiking in the area is that you don't have to climb one of the legendary
46 Peaks to get a great view. In fact, there are a dozen or so smaller mountains
that offer a rewarding wilderness experience, and that are ideal for families
looking for a short hike.
of my favorites is Baxter Mountain overlooking the village of Keene Valley. The
most popular trail, which is just over a mile in length for this the 2,440' peak,
begins off of Route 9 and on Spruce Hill. The sign's a little faded, but keep
your eyes peeled on the right hand side of the road. If you come to the Baxter
Mountain Tavern on the left you've just missed the start of the trail.
land here is privately owned, but remains open to all except hunters, fishermen
and campers. Just off the highway the trail begins through a field of purple Aster,
Golden Rod and daisies, sure signs that fall is on the way, and continues into
a forest of pines that provide welcome shade.
path to the summit can be accomplished casually in under an hour and offers a
generally moderate grade. Along the way you'll see a nice variety of maples, paper
birch balsams and hemlocks. Occasionally, you'll also see enormous glacial erratic
boulders that offer a convenient spot to sit and rest. These boulders, left in
place after the last ice age some 10,000 years ago, are layered in places with
a luxurious carpet of emerald mosses that remain cool and moist throughout the
Following a series
of gentle switchbacks, the approach to the peak becomes steeper, but soon levels
off to a series of overlooks with stunning views of the valleys below and peaks
of the Great Range including the tallest in New York State, 5,344' Mount Marcy.
Continuing on to the final summit you'll be able to look down to the village of
Keene Valley nestled in the base of the surrounding mountains.
with much in life, timing is everything. If you begin your climb at around 10
o'clock, you'll be back at the trailhead at about noon and just in time for lunch
at the Baxter Mountain Tavern, about an eighth of a mile north on Route 9N. The
restaurant's been a landmark for decades, and for the past 10 years has been run
by Dave Deyo.
the menu as typical "Adirondack Continental", which includes casual
fare such as the Baxter Mt. Burger, a hardy 8-ouncer, with sautéed mushrooms
and onions topped with melted American cheese, lettuce and tomato at $7.95. Or
try a house specialty, the sesame encrusted tuna served over fresh baby spinach
and topped with a wasabi sauce for $15.95. For a beautiful view of the surrounding
peaks try the Tavern's, spacious deck.
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High Peaks Region is home to the Olympic Village of Lake Placid hosting the 1932
and 1980 Winter Olympics.
Lake Placid has also been host
for a variety of world class events including the ESPN Outdoor Games, World Cup
bobsled and luge, the Ironman Triathalon, international figure skating, Empire
State Games and the "I Love NY" Horse Shows. The Lake Placid / High
Peaks Region offers visitors a rich variety of historic, artistic and cultural
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Placid's Olympic attractions include famous Whiteface Mountain, boasting the greatest
vertical drop in the East and the Mackenzie Intervale Olympic Ski Jumping Complex,
where you can ride
to the top of the 26 story, 120 meter ski jump in a glass enclosed elevator! Other
venues include the Mt. Van Hoevenberg bobsled and luge track where you can take
an exhilarating ride down the only dedicated bobsled run
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