Hiking in the Whiteface Region

Throughout the Whiteface Region, visitors will find hiking trails for all levels of ability, from stunning waterfalls to short adventures this summer. With snow melting from our highest summits, our hiking trails can be muddy and sensitive to hiker traffic at higher elevations. We recommend sticking to low-elevation hikes while we wait for drier trails and warmer weather! 

The High Peaks are beautiful, which means they're also extremely popular. Consider getting away from the crowds by tackling some of these lesser-visited mountains and woods in the Whiteface Region. The views are just as nice and are closer to secluded trails that offer the perfect way to enjoy a classic Adirondack adventure. Trails part of the Wonders of Wilmington Hiking Challenge are also a great alternative to taller summits and include everything from groupings of backcountry ponds to hidden-gem waterfalls. 

Lacing up hiking boots.

Choose a trail that's right for you! 

Easy

Left over from the melted glaciers that once carved out the valleys of the Adirondack Mountains, picturesque, refreshing ponds are present on many area hikes – the trails leading to Owen, Copperas, and Winch Ponds are local favorites. This is an easy-grade hike, with rewarding views of these striking bodies of water amidst the scenic mountains of the Sentinel Range Wilderness.

Moderate

Silver Lake Mountain ascends a moderate grade over the 1 mile to its summit, but the shortness of the hike, combined with its spectacular views of Whiteface, makes this a worthwhile walk. Stick with the silver theme, and check out Silver Lake Bog and Bluffs, a short way from the mountain. 

Strenuous

If you seek a more challenging but rewarding trek, don't miss hiking Whiteface Mountain, the 5th highest mountain in New York. Whiteface, along with Esther Mountain, are part of the 46 High Peaks, so you're likely to see other hikers along the way. With several established routes to the top, there isn't a bad option here, but it's important to plan ahead and know your route. On a clear day, visitors can enjoy a view of Vermont's Green Mountains, Lake Champlain, and even catch a glimpse of the skyscrapers in Montreal. 

Hike safely during hunting season 

Hiking during the fall season is a magical time to catch colorful foliage and enjoy the trails. However, fall also brings with it hunting season in the Adirondacks. During this time, hunters may also be out and about in our shared outdoors. It's important to stay alert and know who you’re on the trails with. Always prioritize safety during hunting season to enjoy your hike without incidents. We know how essential it is to prepare for your next hiking trip during hunting season, and we've come prepared with all the info you need! For more guidance on hunting zones, dates, and times, visit the NYS DEC website to learn more.

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Leave No Trace 7 Principles

The Adirondack Park provides a haven of pristine wilderness in New York state’s northernmost reaches. It also offers an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities for explorers of all ages and experience levels! While you enjoy your visit, please keep the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace in mind. Set forth by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, and championed by many partners within the Adirondack Park, these principles will not only improve your own nature experience, but they help preserve this unparalleled natural wonder for generations to come.

1
Know before you go
 
 
Be prepared! Remember food, water, and clothes to protect you from cold, heat, and rain.  
Use maps to plan where you’re going. Check them along the way so you’ll stay on course and avoid getting lost. Learn about the areas you plan to visit.
2
Stick to trails and camp overnight right
 
 
Walk and ride on designated trails to protect trailside plants. Camp only on existing or designated campsites to avoid damaging vegetation.
3
Trash your trash and pick up poop
 
 
Pack it in, pack it out. Put litter—even crumbs, peels and cores—in garbage bags and carry it home. Use bathrooms or outhouses when available. If they're not available, bury human waste in a small hole 6-8 inches deep and 200 feet or 70 big steps from water and the trail.
4
Leave it as you find it
 
 
Leave plants, rocks, and historical items as you find them so others can enjoy them. Treat living plants with respect. Carving, hacking, or peeling plants may kill them.
5
Be careful with fire
 
 
Use a camp stove for cooking. Stoves are easier to cook on and create less impact than a fire. If you want to have a campfire, be sure it’s permitted and safe to build a fire in the area you’re visiting. Use only existing fire rings to protect the ground from heat. Keep your fire small.
6
Keep wildlife wild
 
 
Observe wildlife from a distance and never approach, feed or follow them. Human food is unhealthy for all wildlife and feeding them starts bad habits. Protect wildlife and your food by securely storing your meals and trash.
7
Share our trails and manage your pet
 
 
Be considerate when passing others on the trail. Keep your pet under control to protect it, other visitors, and wildlife. Be sure the fun you have outdoors does not bother anyone else. Remember, other visitors are there to enjoy the outdoors too.

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