Hiking in the High Peaks

Adirondack High Peaks Hiking 

Throughout the Whiteface Region, visitors will find hiking trails for all levels of ability from rugged mountain adventurers to trekking families looking for the next vertical adventure along bubbling mountain streams, cascading waterfalls, and ancient rocky formations. 

Choose a Challenge that's right for you! 

Easy

Leftover from the melted glaciers that once carved out the valleys of the Adirondack Mountains, picturesque, refreshing ponds are present on many area hikes – the 4-mile trail leading to Owen, Copperas, and Winch Ponds is a local favorite. It features an easy grade hike and rewarding views of these striking bodies of water amidst a scenic mountain backdrop. 

Moderate

Head over to the Wilmington Wild Trails Systems, providing over 3 miles of trails at a moderate difficulty level – if you reach the highest point the system has to offer, you'll find yourself overlooking the Whiteface region valley.

Strenuous

If you seek a more challenging, but rewarding hike don't miss Whiteface Mountain, the 5th high peak of New York State. Offering several routes to the top - head in from Connery Pond or the Wilmington Trail and climb your way to the summit of this towering giant. On a clear day visitors can enjoy a view of Vermont's Green Mountains. 

Get close and stay close

Peruse the numerous Whiteface Region lodging options and book a basecamp for your fall hiking excursions. 

Whiteface Region Outdoor Recreation Map & Guide

Hiking Information

View our downloadable Outdoor Recreation Guide for trail information on hiking the high peaks region, printed copies are available at the Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitors Center and view a list of trails below. 

Whiteface Region Hiking Map 

 

Constructed in the fall of 2014, this new trail is sure to become very popular because it is only one mile with little climbing to a spectacular view of the Ausable Valley and the surrounding mountains. This hike is...
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Wilmington, New York
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Eagle Eyrie is a low peak at the north end of Lake Placid that offers a unique view of the Lake and the High Peaks. It can be approached on foot or by boat. The hike starts along an old road and parallels attractive Connery Pond....
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Lake Placid, New York
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Follow the path to, and along, the Ausable River for an easy trip suitable for small children. The Monuments commemorate the 50th, and 100th Anniversary of the establishment of the Adirondack Park. Read our blog post about Monument...
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Wilmington, New York
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This attractive little trail is off the main route to anywhere, but well worth the added effort to locate it. The trail is also found on Nature Conservancy Land for all to enjoy. You will appreciate a nice hike through a bog using a...
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Wilmington, New York
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It's a 2.5 mile hike one way to Whiteface Landing. The trail starts at the left side of the trailhead parking area and soon climbs moderately away from the pond and the private camps on the pond before descending to the shore of...
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Lake Placid, New York
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Catamount Mountain in one of the more popular gems of the Whiteface Region and should not go unvisited by anyone. With its two open summits it affords spectacular views of the entire region. In season, the blueberries are nearly as...
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Wilmington, New York
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Bloomingdale Bog has two entrances from which you can start: the Bloomingdale side and the Saranac Lake side. With two vehicles, a through hike is possible.  There is very little elevation change on this hike,...
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Bloomingdale, New York
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The views from Whiteface encompass all sides and include the Green Mountains of Vermont, the skyscrapers in Montreal on a very clear day, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire on an even clearer day.   This Adirondack 46...
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Wilmington, New York
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These three ponds are located in the Sentinel Range and offer excellent loop opportunities. There are two trails that lead into the area and either can be used to create a loop to the three ponds. Copperas Pond offers great camping...
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Wilmington, New York
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Cooper Kiln Pond lies in the valley between Morgan Mountain and Wilmington Peak. The pond sits nestled in the mountains with a somewhat heavily treed shoreline. There are a few rocky outcroppings opening up views out over the placid...
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Wilmington, New York
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Esther is often climbed with Whiteface Mountain. Esther was named after Esther McComb who at the age of 15 made the first recorded ascent of the peak. Esther is a High Peak located off the shoulder of Whiteface Mountain, a much...
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Wilmington, New York
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To approach Wilmington Peak from the south you should use this approach for the best direct access. From the trailhead the trail starts out on a flat course before gaining elevation. This route can be a very wet hike most times of the...
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Wilmington, New York
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This approach is a very unique one, as it uses a slide track for the major portion of the ascent over 2130'. First and foremost, if you are not comfortable with slide climbing or exposure, this route might not be for you. If you...
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Wilmington, New York
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Stag Brook Falls is an excellent couple hours of hiking along an attractive brook with numerous waterfalls and cascades. Picnic benches, nature signs, and swimming are available along the way.   Primary Trailhead: From the...
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Wilmington, New York
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Bear Den Mountain is one of those hidden peaks that gets very little attention, but should be high on everyone’s list to check out. It’s located above the Ausable River and is essentially part of the Whiteface Mountain Ski...
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Wilmington, New York
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The Flume Knob is another hidden gem in the Wilmington Region that should not go unmissed. Using the region's mountain biking trails as an approach makes for an outstanding day trip for the entire family. Primary Trailhead: From...
Location:
Wilmington, New York
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Silver Lake Mountain is a great “Bang for your Buck” destination. This short trail is perfect for the entire family and offers some outstanding views out over Taylor Pond and the Silver Lake Region. Primary Trailhead:...
Location:
Westville, New York
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Trailhead:  In Wilmington from the four-way stop sign follow Route 431 (Whiteface Mountain Road). Follow here for 0.6 miles to Reservoir Road on the left. Drive this a short distance to the trailhead.  Information: From...
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Wilmington, New York
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From the trailhead at Connery Pond, pass by the gate and begin a rather moderate hike along an old gravel strewn woods road. This initial section back to Whiteface Landing is a rather quick hike and will be a great place to gain time...
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Wilmington, New York
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Trailhead:  In Wilmington from the four-way stop sign follow Route 431 (Whiteface Mountain Road). Follow here for 2.4 miles to the Atmospheric Science Research Center Road on the left. Follow this road around the one-way...
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Wilmington, New York
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The Beaver Brook Tract Trail Network is 6.6 miles of trails. Seven trails make up the Beaver Brook Tract at this time. These trails are a multi-purpose landmark for the New York State DEC. They are open to mountain biking, hiking,...
Location:
Wilmington, New York
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The Flume Trail System is comprised of approximately 10.5 miles of trails open to mountain biking, hiking, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing in the town of Wilmington, N.Y. Enjoy vistas across wetlands, and interesting brook...
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Wilmington, New York
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In 2012 the DEC opened up a new trail to the west end of the ridge, eliminating the previous steep herd path that was often eroded and very steep. The new trail is a bit longer but it's more gradual with much less erosion....
Location:
Jay, New York
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Trailhead  Take Bonnie View Road toward Black Brook. Continue to its end and turn right on Silver Lake Road. Continue for 4.5 miles and turn left on Dry Bridge Road. Follow that for 0.5 miles to Tower Road on the left....
Location:
Au Sable Forks, New York
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Trailhead From the four-way intersection in Wilmington, follow Route 86 toward Jay. In Jay, take a right onto Route 9N and head toward Keene. Continue for a bit over 6.5 miles and turn left on Styles Brook Road. Follow that for...
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Jay, New York
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This delightful hiking path circles Lake Stevens, named for Olympic bobsledder Hubert Stevens. The lake is stocked with trout, the trees represent all 34 species native to the Adirondacks, and there's a picnic table and two little...
Location:
Wilmington, New York
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Overview: Wickham Marsh Wildlife Management Area encompasses 862 acres which has been compiled from two different land acquisitions from 1950 and 1970. Since the completion of the management area there have been several foot trails...
Location:
Keeseville, New York
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