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Hiking in the Adirondacks

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” ― John Muir

One of the most popular outdoor activities in Lake Placid is hiking. With over 2,000 miles of marked hiking trails, the Adirondacks offers some of the best hiking in the east. Whether you want to take on one of the 46 High Peaks (with elevations over 4,000 ft) or just take a simple walk through the woods, there’s an option for everyone in the family.

If you plan on hiking while visiting, please do your research and come prepared!

Keep reading for helpful tips, hiking checklists, and trail recommendations.

Important Update

It’s no secret we all love the Adirondacks. The allure of wild lands beyond the communities is irresistible to many, and this has become increasingly noticeable with the uptick in hikers seen around the entire Adirondacks. To help lessen impacts, land managers are responsible for protecting natural resources, as well as managing visitors to these wild places. To study these impacts, there are changes coming for certain hikes in the High Peaks this summer.

The Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be using the reservation program from 2021 again this year to limit usage on trails associated with the Adirondack Mountain Reserve. The reservation system applies to visitors using the AMR lot arriving by car, bicycle, or on foot. This includes popular hikes like Indian Head and Gothics. 

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