ATTENTION: NYSDEC-controlled fire towers are open to visitors. Only one household group should be in the fire tower cab, groups should social distance on the summit while waiting to climb to the cab, sanitize hands before and after being on the fire tower, and wear masks.
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, colorfully abundant fall foliage, and ancient rock 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 and woods in the Whiteface Region. The views are just as nice! Or if you want to spread the hiking love around, check out the ADK 6 Pack hiking challenge, which pairs six mountains around the Adirondacks with nearby craft breweries!
Choose a challenge that's right for you!
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 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 highest mountain in New York. 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 dream about your basecamp for future hiking excursions.
View our updated downloadable Outdoor Recreation Guide for trail information on hiking the High Peaks region, including scenic walks and mountain biking for further adventures. Printed copies are available at the Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitors Center and view a list of trails below.
Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK
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.