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Adirondacks Hiking .com is the premier online guide to hiking and climbing the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks showcasing hundreds of exciting attractions throughout the Olympic region and upstate New York. Keene and Keene Valley are known as the "Home to the High Peaks". The greatest number of high peaks in the Adirondacks (in a single location) rise majestically in the Keene/Keene Valley Region making this area a meca for hikers, climbers and other visitors who wish to experience the remarkable beauty of 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.

The 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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Mount Marcy:
This 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 Mountain
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.

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Giant Mountain:
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.

Mount Skylight:
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.

Cascade Mountain:
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 Algonquin Peak.

 

 
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Phelps Mountain
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.


Blake Peak
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.

Algonquin Peak
This 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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46 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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The Best of the Adirondacks

Fall Hiking - Baxter Mountain


Jim Grant - Guest Writer - Adirondacks.com

When 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."

I 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.

Fall foliage 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.

Another 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.

One 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.

The 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.

The 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 day.

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.

As 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.

Dave describes 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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The 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 attractions.

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Lake 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 in the US.
  

  
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