ATTENTION: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that all public fire towers in New York will be closed.
All public trails are still open and fire tower peaks can be climbed, but hikers are advised to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet apart - which the fire tower cabs are too small to accommodate. The DEC also recommends hikers avoid busy trailheads and explore hikes and outdoor adventures close to home.
Mountain hiking at its best
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 adventure along bubbling mountain streams, cascading waterfalls, and ancient rocky formations. In winter, strap on a pair of snowshoes or microspikes and enjoy snowy trails and cool, crisp mountain air.
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 in the Whiteface Region and beyond. The views are just as nice!
Choose a challenge that's right for you!
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 trails 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, wilderness mountain backdrop.
Head over to the Beaver Brook Trails, with 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.
If you seek a more challenging but rewarding hike, don't miss Whiteface Mountain, the 5th High Peak of New York state. With several established routes to the top, there isn't a bad option here. On a clear day visitors can enjoy a view of Vermont's Green Mountains, Lake Champlain, and other New York mountains.
Get close and stay close
Peruse the numerous Whiteface Region lodging options and book a basecamp for your fall hiking excursions.
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.
Leave No Trace
The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.