The Adirondack Mountains in New York State are a four seasons vacation area and a great place in the spring to fall months for hiking. Many of the mountains offer some beautiful outlooks. If you are in the Adirondack Park this year, you will want to check out these 5 great mountains to hike.
1. Whiteface Mountain: Located in historic Lake Placid, hike up the mountain or drive on the Memorial Highway straight to the top of this 4,867 foot high mountain which is New York State’s fifth highest peak. Whiteface also offers many other activities including nature treks, horse riding, and many winter sports! At the summit expect to see spectacular views of the other high peaks and Lake Placid.
2. Giant Mountain: Part of New York’s Adirondack Mountain Range, Giant Mountain is the 12th highest peak in the state and is located in Keene. There are three trails that serve as the main hiking paths for mountain climbing enthusiasts. Two of the trails begin at NY State Route 73 and the other starts in the town of New Russia, but is the less climbed of the three due to the fact that it is longer. At the top you will be greeted by a great view of the beautiful Keene Valley and surrounding mountains and hills.
3. Mt. Marcy: This mountain is the highest point in NY State boasting an elevation of 5,343 feet located in the town of Keene. The route that is most used to climb Mt. Marcy is the Van Hoevenberg Trail, which begins near Heart Lake.
4. Mt. Colden: Boasting an elevation of 4,715 feet making it the 11th highest point in the state, Mt. Colden is most known for its Trap Dike crevice which can be mostly clearly seen from the view at Avalanche Lake. There are two well kept trails that hikers can use to ascend this mountain. The first one is from the North East near Arnold Lake and the second is the steeper of the two with its trail-head beginning at Lake Colden.
5. Black Mountain: Standing separate from the rest of the Adirondack Mountain range divided by Lake George, Black Mountain is the 7th highest peak and has many water drainage points into prominent waterways. Get a breathtaking view of Lake George and see one of the few remaining firetowers. For information on finding the trailhead, go here.