A Guide to Hiking in the Adirondacks

Easy Day Treks

A leisurely hike on the Adirondack Mountains might end up in a tranquil scene like this.
A leisurely hike on the Adirondack Mountains might end up in a tranquil scene like this.
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An easy hike is a great way to spend a vacation day. Most of the trails in the Adirondack range lend themselves to daylong, family excursions, allowing you to bring a picnic, enjoy the views and make it back by dark. Here are some recommended courses to check out.

Mostly a leisurely, easy for most hike with only a few tough spots is Black Mountain. You'll get a variety of lovely views of the northern end of Lake George, as well as the rocky peaks of Tongue Mountain and the Sugarloaf Mountains. The reward at the peak is an abandoned fire tower, an outpost up until the 1970s for fire wardens on forest-fire watch. After or during the hike, there's more recreation at one of three ponds via trails within a mile of the summit.

The Buck Mountain trail provides great views of the High Peaks of the Adirondacks, as well as Lake George and Bolton Landing off in the distance. This is a great place to start if you've never hiked the Adirondacks, but only if you've got some hiking experience, since it's of moderate difficulty level.

Cat Mountain is a 6-mile (9.7-kilometer) hike, and it has many different terrains and sights, including wetlands and even a beaver pond. Taking the side trail up Thomas Mountain leads to scenic lake-views, while other side trails are available in a variety of difficulty levels, allowing you to design your own hike day.

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