15 Free Adirondack Campsites

Some of the Best Adirondack Camping is Free

Although these free Adirondack campsites might not cost you any money, they don’t come without a price. These sites will cost you your diligence; please be sure to leave no trace and, as always, drive away from these sites leaving them better than you found them. Personally, I like to collect all of the garbage that may have been left behind and clean up the fire pit if applicable before I head out at the end of my stay. Knowing the 7 Leave No Trace Principles is the key to being a good outdoors man or woman.


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There are hundreds of free campsites in the Adirondacks like this one!

Free Campsites in the Adirondacks

Here we have a list of 15 drive up, primitive campsites in the Adirondack Park that won’t cost you any money. Many of these sites will allow you to stay for up to 3 nights with no questions asked. Anything between 3 and 14 days requires a permit. Often, permits are free. They’re simply required for a long-term stay. Please take care of these sites and be willing to share with others if there is enough room!

Chapel Pond, Keene Valley NY

– GPS: 44.142588, -73.750566
– Approximately 6 sites

These free campsites in the Adirondacks can be found just off route 73 shortly after you pass Chapel Pond (coming from the East/ The Northway), It’s a tricky turn off that I’ve missed even after staying there a few times. Luckily, if you miss it coming from Keene Valley, you’ll be able to turn around at the Chapel Pond parking lot. 

Chapel Pond is great for a quick overnight stay, the road noise is loud, and this spot tends to be quite crowded. For a quick stay, it provides a legal place to sleep in close proximity to many trail heads in the Keene Valley region. Chapel Pond is a great spot to clean or cool off as well.

Coreys Road Sites, Tupper Lake, NY

– GPS: 44.19338, -73.95403
– Approximately 6 sites

The dirt road connecting the paved section of Coreys Road off of Route 30 to the Seward range parking lot. It’s sucked away back behind Axon Landing in a pretty remote drive-in spot!

The sites are quaint and very primitive. Some are larger and nicer than others; the first site past Stony Creek is most definitely my favorite! No cell-service here and direct access to only a few trails, but a lot of peace and quiet.

Darcy Clearing, Fort Ann NY

-GPS: 43.531267, -73.566105
– 6-15 sites

There are 12 campsites with fire rings and some with outhouses in this area. There are 5 sites on Shelving Rock Road which is a gravel road with easy car access. Additionally, 7 more primitive sites lie between the gate and the Sleeping Beauty (summer) trailhead. Darcy Clearing road requires a higher clearance vehicle for successful passage. This area is best for passenger vehicle and tent camping. 

The sites are all nicely wooded and provide access to local trail heads such as Sleeping Beauty, Shelving Rock Falls, and Buck Mountain, as well as Lake George. Unfortunately, this makes this space quite busy with day hikers as well as overnight campers. This is a great spot to stay if you’re trying to knock out some Lake George 12ster!

Essex Chain of Lakes, Newcomb NY

– GPS: 43.901376, -74.278245
– Approximately 6 sites

This very remote spot will have you driving quite a ways down Cornell Rd off of Route 28. When you get to Woodys road make a right. This will bring you to a number of unnamed Adirondack Park Preserve roads. 

These sites are very remote, and very primitive. They’re best for tent camping, although a small camper would fit in the parking areas. If you’re looking for peace and relaxation, these are great sites for you!

Do you prefer Tenting or Hammocking!

Hope Falls Roadside Campsites, Northville NY

– GPS: 43.30407, -74.175423
– 3-5 sites

Hope Falls road is a seasonal use road located between Northville and Wells. The maximum RV length is 15 feet, however, sites are intended for tent camping. 

They’re nothing fancy, however, they have everything you need. Sites are off the road a bit with a fire pit and access to Stoney Creek. All sites are designated by their yellow “camp here” discs.

Horseshoe Lake, Tupper Lake, NY

– GPS: 44.129496, -74.627604
– 11 sites

Off of route 30 just before South Bay of Tupper Lake lies route 421. About 6 miles from route 30 you’ll find a dirt road where 6 lake-side campsites can be found. Five additional sites are littered throughout Otter Brook road. 

This spot is away from traffic and in the beautiful Horseshoe Lake Wildforest area. Horseshoe lake is perfect for fishing and paddling; if you’re looking to hike there are a few trail heads within 15 minutes of these sites. Check out the Tupper Lake Triad for these hikes.

Jones Pont, Paul Smiths, NY

– GPS: 44.455758, -74.186797
– 5 sites

Five sites with beautiful, filtered views of Jones Pond await! There is an outhouse that is in pretty good shape and each campsite has a fire pit. The campsites are all connected by a lovely little trail that runs alongside the lake; it’s my favorite place to be on a crisp, fall Adirondack morning. 


Jones pond is my all time favorite campsite of the Adirondacks. I *almost* didn’t share it with y’all because I would be devastated if it was ruined – so please do your part and LNT – but that wouldn’t be fair. Nature is NOT mine to divvy out! However, it is the duty of all who enjoy it to advocate for its protection.

The view from Jones Pond Campsite 3

Mason Lake, Speculator NY

  • GPS: 43.599992, -74.422869
    – 7-8 sites

Just of Route 30, on Jessup River Road, you’ll find a dirt road that is home to 7-8 free adirondack campsites. The very first spot is reserved for day use only. It has a picnic table and a boat launch. 

The rest of the sites are quaint and close to the lake. You can hear the road from these sites, however, they provide great paddling and fishing access. You’re also in close proximity to a number of local hikes. Snowy Mountain and OK Slip Falls are relatively close by and beautiful!

McKeever Road Sites, Old Forge, NY

– GPS: 43.609103, -75.076804
– Approximately 5 sites

An absolutely gorgeous spot just 15 minutes south of Old Forge. Five to ten campsites can be found off of the long, narrow, well-kept gravel road. The gravel road is about 1 mile off of Route 28; with two different roads that fork off from the main parking area. You’re going to want to take Wolf Lake Landing Road to find your campsites!

This a great, remote spot with a lot of different recreational opportunities. The Moose River and Woodhull Lake are available for paddling, fishing, and swimming as well. There’s also a beautiful trail to the Woodhull Fire Tower nearby as well.

The Wooded Trails of the McKeever Road Sites

Moose River Plains, Inlet NY

– GPS: 43.671379, -74.708237
– 100+ sites

Within 3500 acres you can find over 100 free, primitive campsites. The Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road is a seasonal access road extending 23 miles through the Moose River Plains. The road stretched from the Limekiln Gate in the west, near the community of Inlet, to the Wakely Dam Gate at the end of the Cedar River Road in the east which lies near the community of Indian Lake.

This is an absolutely beautiful, remote spot with endless possibilities. The Moose River Plains region is arguable one of the most beautiful free Adirondack campsites you can find. There are approximately 130 miles of maintained trails as well as more than 65 ponds and lakes. It’s an absolutely stunning spot to camp in summer and fall! It would be an equally beautiful place to camp in the winter if you had a snowmobile to access the sites. 

A Bird’s Eye View of the Free Moose River Plains Campsite

Northwood Club Road, Minerva, NY

– GPS: 43.818551, -74.060555
– Approximately 8 sites

Northwood Club Road is open from Mid-May through December. The campsites can be found on a dirt road about 5 miles from pavement. There are a cluster of 4-5 sites right over the Boreas River, however, if you continue further down the road you will have additional sites to consider. If you go far enough, you’ll make your way to the Huntly Pond campsites as well.

This is a peaceful, quiet spot on the water. Most sites come equipped with a fire pit – as always, please be mindful of your flames! There are local hiking trails nearby as well: Moxham Mountain, Vanderwhacker Fire Tower, and the Boreas Loop trail would be great day trip options!

Piseco-Powley Road Campsites, Piseco, NY

– GPS: 43.309818, -74.654435
– 19 sites

This 20 mile-long primitive road is home to approximately 18 primitive free Adirondack campsites and a number of trails. The road stretches from Stratford to Arietta, crossing the East Canada Creek at its southern terminus.

This road cuts through the Ferris Lake Wilderness, providing access to remote sections of the forest. Over 100 miles of hiking and multiple-use trails can be found here. The sites are primitive, however, they’re remote and take you away from it all!

A Quick 10-Minute Drive from This Local Trail!

Route 8 Campsites, Johnsburg, NY

– GPS: 43.53038, -74.144669
– Approximately 15-20 sites

Route 8 is a main road, which means it is open year round! There are about 20 different primitive campsites along the road here between Wells and Bakers Mills. The sites are not obviously marked from the road, it will be up to you to find the yellow campsite disc.

Route 8 is a beautiful stretch of road! Route 8 runs alongside the East Branch of the Sacandaga River and its tributaries. Along this route you’re fairly close to Gore Mountain, Auger Falls, and Crane Mountain for day trip activities.

South Meadow, Lake Placid, NY

– GPS: 44.19338, -73.95403
– Approximately 10 sites

This long dirt road begins about a mile out from the ADK Loj parking lot. This road is the trailhead for the old Mount Van Hoevenberg trail as well as the South Meadow Gate with access to the High Peaks Region. These sites are all marked with campsite markers with space for a single car or two to park next to the site. 

This is an awesome place to set up camp if you plan to travel into the High Peaks Wilderness from the Loj or the South Meadow Gate. Keep in mind that this road is not maintained and all campsites are first come first served. These free Adirondack campsites are very popular – I would have a back up plan if you’re arriving on a weekend.

The Loj Road is a Great Place to Catch a Sunset

West River Campsites, Wells, NY

– GPS: 43.366046, -74.351588
– 13 sites

Towards the end of West River Road in Wells, you’ll find 13 designated campsites. These free Adirondack campsites can accommodate tent sleepers or RVs. There is no cell service here, however, you can usually acquire some in town.

The sites are primitive but many have outhouses that are in decent shape. This is a beautiful spot alongside the river and is in close proximity to a few local hikes. The Auger Falls trail and Pine Orchard trail are among the most visited in the area!

Free Adirondack Campsites in the Backcountry

There are free, primitive sites throughout the Adirondack Park. Many of them require a paddle or hike to get too – It’s important that you’re prepared to spend a night in the wilderness when planning on staying at one of these sites. Also, keep in mind that you could hike 3-8 miles in to a site to find it occupied. It’s always important to have a back up plan. As always, leave no trace; for your safety, the longevity of the forest, and the safety of our wildlife it is imperative that you educate yourself on the 7 LNT Principles.

Sometimes you can Snag a Lean-to in the Backcountry

Free Camping Websites

In the event that you’re ever looking for free camping outside of the Adirondack Park, I thought it might be helpful to provide you with some resources. These sources can help you to find a free campsite anywhere in the United States and Canada. 

Campendium.com
FreeCampsites.net
NaturalAtlas.com

Thedyrt.com

The Perfect ADK Campsite

Let’s get out there and enjoy the beautiful wilderness that has been provided for us!

It is imperative that you educate yourself on proper outdoor etiquette and use your voice to advocate for the land you enjoy spending your time on.

Adirondack Park FAQ

“The Adirondacks” Useful Information

Have you heard of the Adirondacks? Wondering what the hype is? WELL… after one date you’ll be sold on its good looks and what it brings to the table. The beautiful Adirondacks of Northern New York features an overwhelmingly large number of friendly communities, attractions, mountains, lakes, rivers, luscious valleys, and steep cliffs. It pretty much goes without saying that the Adirondack Park is an outdoor enthusiasts dream come true.

Spanning more than six million acres, the Adirondack Mountains are the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 of the United States. It’s huge; the Adirondack Park is ⅕ of the state. It’s equal in size to New York’s neighbor, Vermont, and is nearly three times the size of Yellowstone National Park! Each distinct region within the park offers unique recreational opportunities; discover an area as diverse in geography as it is in activities and events when you visit the Adirondacks.

Adirondack Park Map

Frequently Asked Questions

As a state, New York is seriously underrated and the Adirondack Park plays a huge role in all the many landscapes and experiences that New York has to offer. This is the place for nearly endless Adirondack information based on personal experience… check out the following questions:

Where is the Adirondack Park located?

The Adirondack Park is a vast Wilderness located in Northern New York. Its southernmost boundary is about 4 hours north of New York City and its northernmost boundary is 2 hours south of Montreal. At 9,375 square miles, it would take you days to explore every road! 

The Adirondack Park and COVID-19

Is the Adirondack Park open during COVID-19?

The Adirondack Park is home to many small, remote towns. Many of these towns are at least an hour’s drive from a Hospital; it is incredibly important that you follow all COVID-19 precautions and procedures when visiting the area. For many of these Adirondack towns, tourism is important for the local economy, however, not at the expense of their health and well being.

Please make sure you do not travel to any Adirondack Towns during COVID-19 if you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, are currently COVID-19 positive, or are currently quarantined. Wearing a mask when out in public, and yes this includes on the trails, is also very important. When it comes to hiking or skiing/snowboarding it is important that you have a mask or gaiter at the ready for when you are in close proximity to other people and cannot social distance. The spaces may include, but are not limited to, passing others on trail, sitting in a gondola or waiting in line for the ski lift, at the trailhead, and hanging out on a summit. Please have a face covering available to you at all ties. 

The Adirondacks

What does Adirondack mean?

I’m glad you asked. The Adirondack region has a lot of history… and it isn’t all ‘good media’. Many claim the word ‘Adirondack’ was a derogatory term, meaning ‘bark eaters’, given to the Algonquin tribe by the neighboring Mohawk. This was intended to describe the original inhabitants of the region who struggled to provide adequate fish and game, therefore subsisting on bark. It’s likely that the term was used to describe the most prominent natural creature of the region, the beaver. 

Native History of the Adirondacks is quite complex! The Adirondack region has always been an indigenous homeland for Iroquois and Algonquian people. It was a location of exchange for many tribes. There is evidence that the region was regularly traveled by people of the Algonquian, Abenaki, Mahican and Iroquois nations. The current Adirondack Park was a spiritual location which was also used for hunting, trapping and fishing. 

Adirondack Roads…

How Do I Get to the Adirondacks?

Generally speaking, most people drive themselves to and through the Adirondack Park. If you’re traveling from out of state, I would suggest flying into Albany, Syracuse, or Plattsburgh International Airport. There are a few bus lines that can take you to some major towns in the ADK, however, I would suggest renting a car and driving on your own! 

Where do I Enter the Park and How Much Does it Cost?

Unlike many other state and national parks, the Adirondack Park does not have a set entrance and there is no fee to enter. You will not find a toll booth, fee collector, or long line to enter the ADK Park. What you will find is parking and camping fees at certain locations. The Adirondack Park is massive and houses many communities within its borders; there are numerous roads that lead into and out of the Adirondack Park. 

Friends Should Visit the Adirondack Park to Make Great Memories!

Who Should Travel to the Adirondacks?

The Adirondack Park has a myriad of options for travelers of all kinds, however, I would suggest adventurous individuals who love the outdoors are most likely to enjoy their Adirondack experience. If you like to hike, camp, backpack, paddle, climb, or ski/snowboard, you will love the Adirondack Park.

There are endless recreational opportunities in the ADK, however, there are also beautiful hotels, delicious restaurants, local micro-breweries, museums, and other tourist attractions in the park. Lake Placid is home to the site of the 1980 Winter Olympics, Saratoga Springs is home to the famous race track, and Lake George & Ticonderoga played an influential role in the Revolutionary war; these four famous Adirondack towns pull tens of thousands of travellers each year. 


Camping in the Adirondack Park

Where Should I Stay in the Adirondacks?

This depends largely on what you’re looking to get out of your stay. There are 102 towns in the Adirondack Park, however, only a handful of those towns are designed with tourism in mind. Regardless of tourism, there are a number of charming towns tucked away in these beautiful mountains. 

Lake Placid, Lake George, and Saratoga Springs are among the most popular Adirondack destinations. Many of these popular spots draw crowds, and for good reason! If you’re looking to experience one of these towns but don’t want to pay tourist prices, I suggest Saranac Lake, Schroon Lake, and Northville. Each of these small Adirondack towns will bring you just close enough to these hot spots while still maintaining that backcountry vibe.

Other beautiful, more-than-mentionable Adirondack towns include Keene, Long Lake, Old Forge, and Tupper Lake. A low-key, outdoor activity-filled family vacation to any one of these towns will leave you refreshed and wishing you didn’t have to leave. 


Indian Head Through the Seasons

When is the Best Time to Visit the Adirondacks?

The answer to this question really depends on what you’re looking to do during your stay! The busiest and most aesthetically pleasing time of year is definitely Autumn. The fall foliage in the ADK is to die for and you can experience gorgeous views from just about anywhere.

The summer months are popular for those who like to spend time on the water and in the woods. The summer provides beautiful weather for exploring local towns, camping and backpacking, and paddling of all sorts. Be sure to pack your sun protection and bug spray if you’re going to be in town from late May until September!

If you’re a big downhill skier or snowboarding enthusiast, the winter months are when you’re going to want to explore the ADK! Late December through February are the snowiest months of the region. There are a number of amazing local mountains and popular ski resorts throughout the Park; if less of a vertical drop is more your style, there are hundreds of miles worth of Cross Country Ski trails for you to explore as well. 

Seasonal Checklist

Please be prepared with the following items for each season that you may visit…

Overall, these generic lists should include the basics for all recreational opportunities.

Winter
Average Temperature 12°-25° F
Proper Layering: base layer, wool/polyester mid layer, insulated jacket, waterproof shell
Appropriate Accessories: waterproof gloves, warm hat, winter socks, winter boots, neck gaiter
Additional Accessories for when your originals get wet!
Micro Spikes
Snowshoes
Trekking Poles
Lip Balm and/or Sunscreen for sunny winter days
Crampons: for mountaineering and steep terrain
High Energy Snacks
2L of Water and Water Purification
“Hot Hands” or similar hand/foot/body warmers
Headlamp with extra batteries
Sealable, insulated bottle for a warm beverage
Avalanche Protection
First Aid Kit (including an emergency blanket!)
Summer
Average Temperature 60°-70° F
Appropriate Clothing
Rain & Wind Protection
Footwear (Know the terrain and the weather)
Headlamp with extra batteries
High Energy Snacks
2L of Water
Water Purification
**Knowledge of water source location**
Hydration/Electrolyte Tabs
Sun Protection
(long sleeves, brimmed hat, sunscreen, lip balm with SPF, etc.)
Bug Protection
(long sleeves & pants, bug spray, dryer sheets, bug nets, etc.)
SPRING
Average Temperature 40°-55° F
Proper Layering (always pack warm layers, it will be colder at elevation)
Appropriate Layering (It might feel warm at the trailhead, but bring hats, gloves, and extra socks!)
Sun Protection (sunglasses, brimmed hat, sunscreen, lip balm, etc.)
Footwear (waterproof baby!)
Micro Spikes
Headlamp with extra batteries
High Energy Snacks
2L of Water and Water Purification
Rain Gear Top & Bottom
First Aid Kit (including an emergency blanket!)
Fall
Average Temperature 40°-55° F
Proper Layering (always pack warm layers, it will be colder at elevation)
Appropriate Layering (It might feel warm at the trailhead, but bring hats, gloves, and extra socks!)
Sun Protection (sunglasses, brimmed hat, sunscreen, lip balm, etc.)
Footwear: Check the weather, you may want to bring microspikes for hikes at elevation
Headlamp with extra batteries
High Energy Snacks
2L of Water and Water Purification
Rain &  Wind Protection
First Aid Kit (including an emergency blanket!)
Experience Views Like These…

What is there to Do in the Adirondack Park?

The Adirondack Park is the perfect vacation destination. Whether you’re looking to relax on the lake or scale mountains, you’re in the right place. The Adirondack Park provides ample opportunities for Outdoor Recreation and even boasts a number of more relaxing options.

Hiking & Snowshoeing

Hiking, and snowshoeing in the winter months, are among some of the Adirondack Park’s most popular attractions. There are over 2,000 miles of marked trails in the ADK. These trails can bring you to the summit of New York’s tallest mountains or to some of the most secluded lakes on the East coast. Whether you’re looking for a multi-day backpacking trip, or a quick sunrise jaunt, the Adirondack Park has just the trail for you.

Winter Olympic Sites

The Adirondacks, Lake Placid specifically, was home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Because of this, there are so many awesome places to learn about and experience the winter Olympic Games! There are several Lake Placid Olympic Sites to explore; each space is home to a unique experience. 

Skiing, Snowboarding, & XC Skiing

The Adirondack Park is home to some of the best downhill skiing and snowboarding on the East Coast as well. Their small, town local mountains are a great place to learn! Meanwhile, their big-time slopes will challenge any level of skier or snowboarder. If vertical drop isn’t your thing, there are acres of gorgeous xc skiing trails throughout the park as well. Lapland Lake in the Southern Adirondacks is a popular cross country skiing spot, or Ski the VIC on Paul Smith College’s campus. 

Watersports

There are more than 3,000 lakes and ponds and over 6,000 miles of rivers and streams in the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Park is a paddler’s dream! There are so many gorgeous waterways to explore and amazing little, secluded islands to camp out on. Whether you’re focused on fishing, paddling, or being towed behind a motorboat in a tube, the ADK is full of great opportunities to get out on the water.

Hunting & Fishing

If you’re a hunter, the Adirondacks are home to some of the finest bear, deer, and small game hunting in the country. The New York State DEC requires all small game hunters over the age of 12 to carry a license, and all big game hunters over the age of 16 to carry a license. As long as you are properly prepared, you’re bound to have a wonderful time. The Adirondack Park is also known for its fishing. You must have a fishing license if you are 16 years or older. You can obtain an NYS fishing license at most sporting goods stores throughout the park; if you’re driving by a Walmart on your way in, they also sell licenses. 

Climbing

Rock and ice climbing is a topic I am not prepared to speak on. Although this is not a recreational opportunity that I seek out when visiting the Adirondacks, I do know that there are plenty of popular spots for those who love this sport!

Museums & History

If you’re a museum go-er or a history buff, there are a number of different attractions for you to visit while you’re in town. The Adirondack Experience in Blue Mountain Lake, The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, and a handful of battlegrounds and historical sites are among the region’s most popular happenings. Whether you plan your trip around these or save them for a rainy day, these options are great to have in your back pocket. 

What Kind of Gear do You Need to Recreate Safely?

Where Can I Rent Equipment in the Adirondacks?

Where you can rent equipment for different types of recreational experiences is going to vary based on what region you are visiting. I’m going to break it down by major towns for you.

Sign in at the Trail Register

What Should I Hike in the Adirondacks?

The golden question because there are just so many options! I would base my answer on where you’re visiting; you might have a handful of hikes right in your backyard.

Personally, I would plan the location of my vacation based on the hikes I want to complete. If I’m looking to work on some High Peaks, I would stay in the Lake Placid, Keene, or Newcomb area. If I wanted to work on the Fulton Chain Trifecta, I would stay in Old Forge. It all depends on what you’re looking to accomplish and enjoy during your stay.

How Can I Find Local ADK Hikes?


If you’re planning your vacation based on a specific town or region of the Adirondacks, that’s great too! You’re likely in close proximity to a number of beautiful hiking opportunities. There are  a few ways you could find local hikes for your vacation:

1. Buy a Map! There are endless trails in the Adirondacks and a map will show you the vast majority of them.

2. Use AllTrails as a tool to scout hikes in the area you’re visiting.

3. Google hikes in the area – blogs, like mine, can provide you with a lot of answers. 

4. Ask the locals. Ask the owner of your Airbnb or the waiter at your restaurant what their favorite local hike is. Someone is bound to have a gem waiting for you!

There are also a number of Adirondack Hiking Challenges available for you to try your hand at. Some of these challenges can be easily completed in a weekend while others might require more time. 

So many Hiking Challenges within the Adirondack Park! Which will you try?

Which Adirondack Hiking Challenge Should I Try?

I would base my choice of Adirondack Hiking Challenge on ability level, location, and the amount of time I have to complete the challenge. There is a fun hiking challenge for outdoorists of all ability levels! 

Each Challenge’s individual post goes in-depth on location, difficulty level, and timeframe. I suggest checking out each hike’s post for more Adirondacks information. The Fulton Chain Trifecta and Tupper Lake Triad are the easiest of the challenges; the Adirondack 46er is the most difficult. The Saranac Lake 6er, Lake Placid 9er, and Lake George 12ster all fall somewhere in the middle of the two. 

Follow LNT in the ADK

What is Proper Etiquette When Exploring the Adirondack Park?

If you are traveling to the Adirondacks to experience some of its natural, raw, and forever wild beauty, you need to make sure your following Leave No Trace Principles. Leave No Trace, or LNT, is a set of principles designed to help preserve the natural beauty and sustain the wild health of our favorite outdoor spaces. 

The 7 LNT Principles include:

  1. Planning and Preparing Ahead of Time
  2. Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Others

You can find more information on the specifics of LNT at the Center For Outdoor Ethics. 

Always do your research and prepare!

How Should I Prepare for Recreating in the Adirondacks?

If you’re traveling to the Adirondacks with a specific form of recreation in mind (hiking, paddling, climbing, snowmobiling, skiing/snowboarding, etc.) you need to do your research! What are the rules and regulations for that activity? It’s very important that you know. Rules and regulations aside, you should really know just what you might be getting yourself into.

All too often people see beautiful views and don’t necessarily know quite what it takes to get there. Don’t get yourself in over your head! Do your research and be prepared. There are still absolutely gorgeous ways to experience the Adirondacks, even if you’re a newbie! If you’re new to downhill skiing, you don’t need to take the chairlift(s) to the summit of Whiteface for a good ride… you don’t have to scale a 46er for a stunning view if you’re new to hiking… if you’re new to paddling, you don’t have to find the whitewater to have fun… Do your research and find the mountain, hike, or river that suits your ability level best! 

The Adirondack Park is *Largely* Dog Friendly

Can my Dog Join me on my Adirondack Adventures?

Absolutely! Unless otherwise specified, the Adirondack Park is dog-friendly. The only requirement on  many of these trails is that your dog is leashed at all times. If your dog cannot join in on your fun, there is usually a specific sign that will let you know. With a little bit of research, you will know if your pet can join you. 

The trail.

Where Can I Find Updated ADK Trail Conditions?

It’s really important to have some idea of what you’re going to experience on the trail. Using a number of different sources to come to a conclusion on your desired trail’s conditions is a good choice! Here are a few resources you should consider utilizing:

Adirondack Almanac

Facebook Group

Mountain Forecast

NYS DEC

Ski Trail Conditions

Examining Instagram posts and speaking to their owners has also helped me to learn more about a specific trail and what to expect. Always be sure to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into out there. 


Adirondack Park Articles A-Z

Every article I’ve ever written on the Adirondack Park is included in the list below. There is an in-depth article on just about every topic mentioned above and more! Be sure to share and save/pin anything you might want to save for later. As always, reach out if you have any specific Adirondack Park questions. 

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13 Solo Hiking Safety Tips

Have you ever wanted to get outside but no one will go with you? Me too, and it’s a bummer. There’s nothing worse than craving a long hike out in the fresh air and having no one to join you. Luckily, there’s a solution. You can get out there with your bad self and partake in some solo hiking! 

Solo Hiking is so intimidating… you mean you want me to head out into the wilderness by myself? Yes ma’am! If you’re properly prepared, you might just find that solo hiking becomes your favorite way to hike. Here are 13 solo hiking safety tips for anyone who wants to spend more time outside without relying on anyone else for company!

Take in the views at the summit for as long a you’d like when you’re by yourself!

13 Things You Can do to Feel More Confident While Solo Hiking

1. Don’t Push Your Limits

I’m all about pushing myself, and always appreciate a challenge. Your first couple of solo hikes are most definitely not time to be pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. I suggest choosing a hike you’ve already done before for your very first solo hike. Choose something you’re familiar with and very comfortable hiking. We have to build that solo hiking confidence up baby! Start small. 

Along these same lines, I would suggest choosing a trail that is more popular. Even though you might be on a journey of solitude, passing others on your first few solo hikes will help to keep anxiety down. It’s also good to know that if you did fall into a situation where you needed assistance, someone would likely be there to help you.

Keep it simple. Bring it back to basics.

2. Get Educated

Solo Hiking means a lot of things, and brushing up on your knowledge is one of them. Educate yourself on how to stay safe in the outdoors and learn about the area you’ll be recreating in. It’s always good to know the rules and regulations of the land you’re hiking on and you can often find this information on the internet. If you prefer to be a hands-on learner, do some research and see if any local associations provide classes on the information you’re looking for. 

Here are a few important thing you should know before you hike:

  • How do I dispose of my human waste?
  • Are pets allowed on this trail?
  • Is this public/state land? Is it hunting season?
  • Do I need a permit for this hike?

Hiking a trail you’ve already explored is perfect for your first couple of trips, however, if you must try something new, be sure to research it thoroughly. You need to know a lot more than where the trailhead is. Check the elevation gain and contour lines on a map to have a better understanding of what you’re getting yourself into. You should also check to see if you will have to navigate a water crossing and what kinds/how many trail junctions you might encounter. Have a good understanding of the trail you’re hiking and you’re bound to feel comfortable, safe, and competent. 

3. Learn About Local Wildlife

It’s important to know what kind of wildlife you might encounter on the trail and how to best approach the situation. Being a solo hiker can have its disadvantages, and this is one of them. For example, in bear country, it’s much easier for a quiet, solo hiker to stumble upon a bear and send them into the defense. It’s important to know that wearing a bear bell and carrying bear spray is suggested in areas with high bear activity. Research the trail you’ll be hiking and be sure you’re prepared for a wildlife encounter.

Get to know the local wildlife, from a distance of course!

4. Prepare Your Pack

Be prepared and prepare well! Pack your backpack the night before and make sure you have all of the essentials. Solo hiking is amazing, but you have no one to count on but yourself out there. It’s incredibly important that you are carrying every essential item as you have no one to share responsibility with. Packing the proper layers, ample snacks, a first aid kit, and enough water/water purification system are among the most important. If you’re unsure what’s considered essential, take a look at REI’s list! 

There are some items that are easy to forget but can be super important. I never depend on my cell phone on the trail, however, I like to bring my charging block in case my phone battery dies and I want or need it for something. Additionally, I always bring toilet paper, a garbage bag, and extra snacks. You might not find those last three on a comprehensive list so I wanted to make sure you had them laid out for you.

5. Know How your Gear Works

Having everything packed is the easy part. Knowing how all of your gear works, when to utilize it, and feeling comfortable using it takes a little practice. You don’t want to head on on the trail with a new piece of equipment without testing it and/or practicing with it at home first. There should be a sense of ease when it comes to using everything in our pack. Comfort is everything when you’re solo hiking. If you’re not comfortable, chances are you’re not going to enjoy your experience.  

6. Create a Plan

Plan out your entire hike, step by step, and write it down. Some questions to answer: What time will you be leaving your home? Where are you stopping along the way? When will you arrive at the trailhead? What time will you start hiking? What’s your end destination? A summit, lake, waterfall, cliff? Will you be taking any side trails along the way? Is this an out and back or are you completing a loop? When will you be back at the car? Answer all of these questions for yourself and then leave them for someone as I suggest in the next step.

7. Share your Solo Hiking Plan 

Write out your exact plans for your hike and leave them with someone you can depend on. It’s important that someone know where you are and what you’re doing in the event that you need help from the authorities. These plans should include the following information:

1.What trail you’re hiking and from what trailhead

2. What time you plan on starting your hike

3. Your destination and any stops or spur trails in between

4. When you expect to be back

Set a time to call your loved one. If they don’t hear from you by that time they are  first, going to call you in case you forgot. Second, If they can’t get in touch with you, they need to call the DEC and/or State Police.

It might also be helpful to share your location with a friend or family member as well! That way, they might be able to track you based off of your last ‘ping’. Always sign into and out of trail log books – this helps the rescue crew determine where you may or may not be along the trail.

Wake up for a sunrise solo hike and feel like you have the whole world to yourself.

8. Don’t Get Lost

Stay on the trail and bring proper navigation (that you know how to use). If you’re using your cell phone as a map, please bring an additional form of navigation, such as a paper map, in the event that your phone dies or doesn’t have service. Follow all trail markers and do your best not to stray from the path. If you do need to leave the trail, let’s say, to go to the bathroom, be sure to bring your backpack with you! If you wind up losing the trail after your potty break, you don’t want to be lost without your gear. You may be someone who gets turned around easily; if that’s the case, bring a neon bandana and tie it to a tree on the trail when you leave to relieve yourself. This should help you make it right back to where you need to be!

9. Trust Your Instincts

Trust your gut feeling my friends… if something feels off, chances are it is. Trust your judgment and only do what feels comfortable. With that in mind, don’t let feelings of nervousness prevent you from getting out of the car and taking that hike! Make sure you can decipher between just feeling nervous and feeling like something is genuinely out of place.

I’ve had moments of uneasiness on a solo hike before. How I respond depends on what my gut is telling me. I’ve had moments where I’ve thought there was wildlife lurking (most likely a bear or a deer in these parts). In this particular situation, I tried to make noise as I hiked by clapping my hands or shouting/singing something random for 30 seconds or so. I once had an uneasy feeling after passing a solo male hiker on the trail. I was pretty close to the summit and would have had to turn back in his direction to return to my trailhead, so I took out my knife and pepper spray and carried on with extra caution.

Solo Hiking Selfies

10. Extra Safety Measures

What do you need to carry to help you feel safer? This looks different for everyone.  I feel much safer hiking by myself when I have my knife. I’m going to be honest and say I’ve forgotten it the last few times, and when I notice it isn’t in my bag, my stomach drops. Similarly, hiking with trekking poles in hand makes me feel like I could fight off any human or animal that approached me as well (even though, that’s largely not true, haha). 

When I sleep in my car, I always have my pepper spray in reach and that helps me to sleep comfortably through the night. These are just simple little precautions that help me to feel safer! Figure out what will help you feel safe on your adventures and be sure to bring it along. Chas from Through The Lynss suggests looking into a carry permit if that’s something you’re comfortable with and willing to learn about. If it isn’t, investing in a taser is a great alternative! 

Some things to consider: taking a personal defense class, carry pepper spray, a knife, a whistle, a taser, etc.

11. Invest in a PLB

Investing in a Personal Locator Beacon is no joke. They’re not cheap! But they could truly save your life out there. There are many different kinds – some require monthly service fees and plans so that you can exchange messages with loved ones while others only do the basics. If you plan on spending more time out in the woods alone -especially in a place with no cell phone service- you should really invest in a PLB.

I met these ladies through a hiking group! We had such a great overnight.

12. Join a Hiking Group

If you’ve read through all of these suggestions and you’re still not feeling it, that’s okay! If lack of companionship is keeping you from the trail, look into finding some hiking friends. There are quite a few organizations that plan group hikes and certain ones plan hikes for women specifically! If all else fails and you can’t find an organization or group to go hiking with – check local Facebook Hiking group pages.  

Connecting with others should help you get out on the trail more often. Maybe, after some more time and experience with these groups, you’ll feel ready to hit the trail solo! It’s all a matter of time.

13. Hike with your Dog

A lot of people aren’t hiking solo, they’re hiking with their best friend – their pup! Dogs are incredible companions for so many reasons. They’re intuitive, natural protectors, and can sense a lot of things we humans can not. They really make for great trail buddies as long as they are properly conditioned and outfitted for the hike you’re completing.

It’s important to note that hiking with your furry friend often helps to make you feel less alone and therefore, safer. Our four-legged friends make awesome hiking buddies but it’s important to note that taking them along may require a little extra work. Always bring extra food, water, and first aid materials on the trail when you’re hiking with your pet! Pro Trip: Get a puppy pack and have your dog carry their own supplies. Know what kind of terrain you’ll be on and be prepared to hoist and/or carry your dog at certain points of your journey.

Let’s Go Solo Hiking!

What are you waiting for? Don’t you feel inspired!? Let’s get out there and get hiking my friends. Additionally, if you’re really quite new to hiking, we should get more in-depth here. If you haven’t done much hiking, you’re probably wondering – well where should I begin? One of the most important aspects of hiking is gearing up! Aside from the 10 essentials, you’re going to want proper footwear and layers! Check out Hiking for Dummies for all of these specifics and more.


Solo Hiking Tips Contributors

A special shout out to the bad ass ladies who contributed ideas to this post!

13 Best Adirondack Breweries

Are you heading to the Adirondacks and looking for somewhere to enjoy a local craft beverage? There’s nothing like heading to the Brewery for a cold one after a long hike or a day on the slopes. Quite honestly, I’m not even a big beer drinker and it’s something I always look forward to! This article is bound to answer all of your questions regarding the best Adirondack breweries. 

Sipping on a Dark Beer Along the Adirondack Coast, Vermont

Adirondack Breweries Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the Best Brewery in the Adirondacks?

Lake Placid Pub and Brewery has won over 70 awards in the past 20 years, placing it at the top of my list. However, Adirondack Pub and Brewery did take home a silver medal for the Bobcat Pilsner at the 2018 World Beer Cup. 

Which Adirondack Brewery has the Best Food?

Big Slide Brewery & Public House has the best food hands down. Their farm to table menu provides well thought out, delicious appetizers, pizzas, sandwiches, and entrees. Wash it all down with one of their award winning brews for good measure. 

Which of the Adirondack Breweries is the Newest?

The Ray Brook Brewhouse opened its doors in June of 2019. Since then, they’ve earned a name for themselves with a large selection of microbrews and reasonably priced menu items. It’s location just outside of Saranac Lake on route 86, has made it a popular destination for locals and travelers alike.

Is Saranac Brewing Company in the Adirondacks?

Unfortunately, Saranac Brewing Company is located about 2.5 hours away from Saranac Lake in Utica, NY. It’s a great brewery with delicious beers and awesome tours, however, it isn’t quite located in the Adirondack Park. If you’re driving by Utica on the Thruway, make a pit stop here. 

Where can I find the Hidden Gem of Adirondack Breweries?

Coopers Cave Ale Company is quite literally the most hidden of the Adirondack Breweries. Disguised as a hole-in-the-wall joint. Coopers Cave Ale Company is a popular spot for brews, a family meal, and ice cream! 

The 13 Best Adirondack Breweries

Here we’ve compiled a list of 13 of the best Adirondack Breweries. No matter where you’re staying or what you’re hiking, one of these brewpubs bound to be within reach. 


Adirondack Pub and Brewery

33 Canada St, Lake George, NY 12845

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Adirondack Pub and Brewery was inspired by a post-college backpacking trip around Europe. After founder John Carr returned from his trip and failed to find the same high-quality beers he had experienced overseas, he started to brew his own. After 10 years of brewing for friends and family he opened the Adirondack Pub and Brewery in the heart of Lake George Village. 

All hand-crafted ales and lagers feature local ingredients and are brewed on-site in Lake George. Visit the pub to see what’s on tap while enjoying your typical, tasty pub-fare. Be on the lookout for the Hops, Chops, & Roll Pub Truck at local events and festivals, or book it for your next party! 


Ausable Brewing Company 

765 Mace Chasm Rd, Keeseville, NY 12944

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This farm-based nano-brewery is owned and operated by the Badger brothers. Ausable Brewing Company, or ABC as they like to call it, is located on 140 acres in the Champlain Valley just east of the Adirondack High Peaks.

ABC is dedicated to serving only the highest quality ales, lagers, and house sodas. These local brothers do not wholesale their beer to bars and restaurants so if you’re looking to enjoy their craft, you are going to have to pay them a visit. Drive through some of the Adirondack Park’s finest farmland to stop into the red barn for a brew. 

The brothers brew and serve out of their renovated 1880’s barn; you can currently stop by to pick up beer-to-go on Fridays from 2-6 and on Saturdays from 12-4. In the warmer months, you can enjoy their craft in the beer garden.  


Battle Hill Brewing Company

4 Charles St, Fort Ann, NY 12827

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The area’s newest farm brewery started as homebrewers who enjoyed their craft so much that they thought, “what if?” and made it a reality. In 2014 these homebrewers found a cool 19th-century building in historic Fort Ann and made big moves towards their dream job. 

Since 2014, they’ve joined the local farm brewery scene and have been met with nothing but success. Using fresh local ingredients, they create and share their ales 7 barrels at a time. Battle Hill loves being a part of Washington County’s long and varied agricultural history; they hope to play a role, alongside other craft beer and wine establishments, in the resurgence of the area. 

Battle Hill Brewing Company offers both indoor and deck seating for you to enjoy both their delicious beer selections and tasty food selections. Battle Hill caters to the whole family with kids menu items available as well. Aside from the beer list found on their website, you can call the taproom or check their facebook page for seasonal offerings as well!  


Big Slide Brewery and Public House

5686 Cascade Rd, Lake Placid, NY 12946

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Big Slide Brewery & Public House opened in June of 2016 and has won a myriad of awards ever since. Some of these awards include Best Restaurant in the Adirondacks (2020), their Bourbon Barrel Aged Ubu Ale won bronze at the NY State Craft Beer Competition (2018), and the Giant IPA won gold at the NY State Craft Beer Competition (2017). They’re known not only for their 

Big Slide Brewery & Public House

The hybrid 3.5-5 barrel brew-house is located right in the dining space (with protective glass and such). Big Slide offers 10 house beers on tap, including Sours, Goldens, Pale Ales, IPAs, Porters, Stouts, and Belgian beers. They strive to create new and exciting beers like the Chili Pepper Pale Ale or the Brett Biere de Garde.

If you’re looking to enjoy the delicious farm-to-table food, you can sit at the concrete-topped bar, on the beautiful (dog-friendly) patio, or in the dining room. The locally-sourced ingredients create unique and delicious dishes – it is not your typical pub grub, but it will definitely be a meal you will remember. Big Slide’s menu features snacks, salads, sandwiches, brick-oven pizzas, and delicious entrees. Big Slide Brewery and Public House is my go-to dinner and drink spot in the Lake Placid area.

Delicious Brews, Meals, & Desserts at Big Slide!

Bolton Landing Brewing Company

4933 Lake Shore Dr, Bolton Landing, NY 12814

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This family-owned microbrewery was founded in 2017 by father and son team, Brendan and John Murnane. The newly constructed taproom is open year-round. You can drink a beer on the spacious outdoor patio while enjoying a view of the lake! Hang out on the lawn where you can play shuffleboard or a round of cornhole.

Beers are brewed on-site in the state-of-the-art 7 barrel brewhouse. BLBC also offers Crowlers, which are 32-ounce aluminum cans that you can fill up with your favorite varieties. Take your beverage of choice home with you; make sure to drink local while vacationing, boating, or hiking.

Common Roots

58 Saratoga Ave, South Glens Falls, NY 12803

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Common Roots first came to fruition in 2005 when Bert and Christian brewed their first beer together. The father-son team knew a microbrewery was in their future. It took a few years, but in 2014 Bert and Christian were able to honor their family heritage by opening the doors to Common Roots for all to enjoy.

Unfortunately, the original brewery succumbed to fire in March of 2019. With the help of the community, they were back to brewing in no time and opened their brand new taproom and brewery in 2020. The new space is not only more energy and production efficient, but more of an experience as well. Common Roots now offers a full-service restaurant, bier garden, and event room.  

Common Root’s beers intermix old world traditions with new world inspirations. The variety of beer styles will appeal to any craft beer consumer. Their beer menu is massive. By hovering over your beer of choice, you can see if it is available on draft, to go, or in a growler. You can learn about the beer itself by clicking “learn more”. The selection is truly endless – there is a beer for everyone here. 

Fulton Chain Craft Brewery


127 North St, Old Forge, NY 13420

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One of my absolute favorite small-town craft Breweries of all time. It has a raw, home town feel while also providing delicious brews! A hot spot for summer and fall hikers as well as snowmobilers in the winter months! It’s my favorite place to stop after a day on the slopes at McCauley Mountain.

Fulton Chain Brewing Company, Old Forge

Fulton Chain Craft Brewery was founded in 2014 by two local friends. They use locally sourced ingredients to create up to 10 different beers on tap; with so many options, you’re bound to love one of them. Go Fluff Yourself is a fan favorite, but if beers aren’t necessarily your pint of …  hehe … Fulton Chain Craft Brewery also offers 1911 Hard Cider, New York State Wines, and a selection of NYS Liquor. 

Stop by their cozy Adirondack lodge-inspired tasting room with family, friends, or on your own. Whether you’re in town for a few days or just passing through, you won’t regret this sneaky gem in Old Forge!

Fulton Chain in Winter

Great Adirondack Brewing Company


2442 Main St, Lake Placid, NY 12946

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The Great Adirondack Brewing Company has been one of Lake Placid’s best restaurants for 30 years. Previously known as The Great Adirondack Steak & Seafood, they have rebranded due to the growth of their on-site craft brewery. Although their food is exceptional, their ever-changing line up of beers will please any palate. 

The on-site brewery consists of a custom-manufactured seven-barrel stainless steel brew system. Housed behind the restaurant, this is where a wide range of ales and lagers are produced using only the finest imported and domestic ingredients. The Great Adirondack Brewing Company’s commitment to quality and consistency has garnered them a number of awards; see for yourself with a fresh pint poured from their tap.

Hex and Hop Brewing


1719 NY-3, Bloomingdale, NY 12913

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Hex and Hop Brewing was founded by two friends, an engineer and an apiarist. Their love for beer, zest for adventure, and large appetites brought them to the North Country to share their craft. Ethan and Nick combine their backgrounds in engineering and beekeeping to create delicious brews through precision, science, and following the seasons harvest.

Hex and Hop Brewing is nestled in the small Adirondack town of Bloomingdale. 

As you might imagine, beer isn’t the only local product you can try at Hex and Hop Brewery – there are bees and therefore, honey! Local honey and a variety of quick and tasty menu items.  

Lake Placid Pub and Brewery


813 Mirror Lake Dr, Lake Placid, NY 12946

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Lake Placid Pub and Brewery was one of the very first places I enjoyed a meal in the Adirondacks! This spot is still a staple any time I’m in the Lake Placid area; with food and beers that never disappoint, you can’t go wrong with this pitstop. 

Like many breweries, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery started with a home brew kit and a love for beer. The quality and popularity of their beers have led to a rapid expansion over the last 24 years. Their 150 different styles of beer have earned the respect of the brewing community and National attention.

Founded in 1996, when two friends purchased a local pub, the brewery grew in popularity among locals and visitors alike. The popularity of the brewery really took off in the year 2000, when a government trip brought White House interns to towns. After hearing the story behind their flagship beer, the Ubu Ale, the interns brought some back to President Clinton as a gift. The President enjoyed the beer so much that he ordered cases of it for a white house party. 

This exponential growth allowed Lake Placid Pub and Brewery to open a second location, the esteemed Big Slide Brewery and Public House (also on this list). The awards this Lake Placid brewery has received in the past 20 years earns it the number one spot on the Best Adirondack Breweries list. 

Paradox Brewery

2781 U.S. 9, North Hudson, NY 12855

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This innovative, independent craft brewery is located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. Paradox Brewery all started when president and founder, Paul Mrocka, fell in love with brewing while stationed in Germany as an Army Pilot. After 30 years of backyard brewing for friends and family, Paul made his dream come true as his craft became more and more popular with the Paradox Lake Locals. 

Paradox Brewery beverages are like no other; the water used is found in the granite 600 feet below the Adirondack Park. It is so very pure that it requires no filtering or treatment before being brewed with the best local malts and hops. The 25,000 square feet brewery produces 50,000 barrels a year and can be toured upon visiting. Take a trip to the tasting room for over 10 beers on tap or stop in to grab a case of cans to go.

Raquette River


11 Balsam St #2, Tupper Lake, NY 12986

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Raquette River Brewing was established in 2013 to brew small batch specialty ales to the local community. They experiment with both local and exotic ingredients to create beer that is as unique as the people enjoying them! Raquette River’s brews can be found on tap and in bottles around the Adirondacks. 

If you’re in the Tupper Lake Area, stop in to the spacious lodge-like tasting room. Friendly puppers are welcome to join you, inside or out. The parking lot is home to two delicious food trucks to ensure you’re not only well-watered, but well-fed. The Fusion Street Woodfire Pizza is pretty tasty! Check out their home page for a list of beers on tap. 

Cabin Vibes at Raquette River Brewing

Ray Brook Brewhouse


1153 NY-86, Ray Brook, NY 12977

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Nestled away, deep into the Adirondacks in the hamlet of Ray Brook lies the Ray Brook Brewhouse. Constable Native, Paul Tatro opened his strategically placed restaurant in the summer of 2019. Ray Brook Brewhouse strives to produce wild and traditional brews that pair perfectly with their adventurous dishes. They are proud to welcome hard-working Adirondack locals as well as travelers from near and far into their rustic and homey space. 


Let’s Combine Hikes & Brews 

If you’re a beer junkie who also loves to hike, check out the ADK 6 PACK Challenge. This challenge combines 6 local breweries with a corresponding local mountain. Hike to the summit and enjoy a brew, and earn a patch when you’ve accomplished all 6! Although I have not personally completed this challenge, it is on the list! It seems like a great way to enjoy a few beverages and beautiful views. Please be sure to drink responsibly and leave no trace while completing this challenge. 

Nothin’ like a Good Beer After A Long Day on the Mountain

What are you Waiting For?

The Adirondacks are home to so many awesome towns, miles of trail, endless waterways, and countless opportunities for recreation. As we gear up for the winter season, don’t forget to pair your brewery visits with a corresponding mountain to shred at! If you plan on hitting the slopes at McCauley Mountain in Old Forge, be sure to check out Fulton Chain Craft Brewery. On the opposite side of the park, West Mountain is cozied up nice and close to Common Roots Brewing Company. Stick around for more information on the top Adirondack Ski and Snowboarding slopes and make the most out of your visit!

11 Best Adirondack Ski Resorts

Getting out there for your winter recreation can be a real pain in the butt when a ski resort is overcrowded. How are you supposed to enjoy some fresh pow or teach your best buddy how to shred if there are hundreds of people on the slopes with you? Well, you can still do those things but if you really want to enjoy your day, hit up some local Adirondack Ski Resorts for a good time.

While many of the big mountains of the East might be overrun, some of the best Adirondack Ski Resorts remain *mostly* untouched. If you’re looking to get out this winter and enjoy the snow, I have a list of 11 local Adirondack Ski Resorts that are sure to be less crowded than some of your more popular East coast mountains. Find the perfect place to ride with the whole family or the best place to catch the first chair and ride well into the night with this list.  

Best Adirondack Ski Resorts

Although most of these might be better described as Ski Areas as opposed to resorts, they’re still a lovely place to visit. Whether you’re coming for the day or spending the whole weekend in town with the family, these ski areas will not disappoint!

In order from least popular Adirondack Ski Resort to more popular…

1. Mt. Pisgah

  • Address: 92 Mt Pisgah Lane Saranac Lake, 12983
  • Elevation: 1,771’
  • Vertical Drop: 329’

The gentle slopes and welcoming, knowledgeable staff at Mt. Pisgah make this a wonderful place to learn. A single T-bar lift provides access to 15 acres worth of beginner trails. The beautiful thing about a T-bar is that YOU can choose the length of your ride… hop off wherever you’re most comfortable and enjoy the slopes. Mt. Pisgah might not actually fall into the category of Adirondack Ski Resorts, but it’s a great low key place to learn or ski and snowboard as a family.

This may be a small, very local ski spot, but this doesn’t mean they don’t have some big mountain amenities. The centrally located lodge provides views up skiers and snowboarders across the whole slope. Mt. Pisgah also offers ski and snowboarding lessons, tubing, and snowshoeing opportunities. With some of the most affordable prices in the Adirondacks, you must stop here with your family. 

2. Hickory Ski Center

  • Address:43 Hickory Hill Rd, Warrensburg, NY 12885
  • Elevation: 1900’
  • Vertical Drop: 1110’

Located just north of Lake George in Warrensburg, Hickory Ridge Ski Center is nestled in the scenic Adirondack Mountains. Founded in 1945 by veterans of the famed ski troops of the American 10th Mountain Division, it was originally named “Hickory Hill”. Its location is a profoundly beautiful spot in the Adirondacks;  sheer rock massifs surround the confluence of the Schroon and Hudson Rivers making this a uniquely stunning Adirondack view.

Hickory Ridge Lodge is straight out of the 50s. The front porch runs the whole length of the lodge and looks up at the Poma 1 and Hickory’s Main Slope, the Hunny Run. Three lifts provide you with access to all different kinds of terrain; 19 different family-friendly trails await you at the ‘summit’ of Hickory Ridge. It’s important to note that Hickory Ridge is not a ski resort, it is a true local spot where generations of Hickory Ridge Skiers spend their winters.

3. Woods Valley

  • Address: 9100 NY-46, Westernville, NY 13486
  • Elevation: 1,400’
  • Vertical Drop: 500’

Located just south west of Adirondacks, Woods Valley is a great local spot to take the family skiing. Although it is not inside the Adirondack park boundaries, its location will make you question how close you are to the city of Rome. The ski center provides beautiful views of Delta Lake.

Of the fourteen trails, ten are open for night skiing Wednesday-Saturday. There are 2 double chair lifts, a T-bar, a magic carpet, and a snow tubing area. Purchase to Learn to Ski or Learn to Snowboard packages if you’re new to the sport and looking for a great deal. Packages include an Easy Acres lift pass, Rental Equipment, and a Group Lesson.  The Easy Acres lift pass and rental equipment are valid until close on day or night of purchase

4. Snow Ridge

  • Address: 4173 W Rd, Turin, NY 13473
  • Elevation: 1850’
  • Vertical Drop: 500’

Located right in the middle of the Tug Hill Plateau, Snow Ridge mountain is inundated with snow each winter. They receive over 230” of snow each season. Six lifts lead to 26 different trails and 2 terrain parks; small mountain vibes with big mountain snow make this a great place to learn the tricks and tips of the trail. 

This family-owned ski and snowboard center also offers night skiing on Thursdays and Fridays.  Grab a beverage or a full meal at Tavern230; the newly invigorated Candlelight Restaurant has a new name, new menu, and the coziest hillside seating area around the fireplace. You’re bound to enjoy this slope-side ski lodge atmosphere after a full day on the mountain!

5. Titus Mountain

  • Address: 215 Johnson Road, Malone, NY 12953
  • Elevation: 2,025’
  • Vertical Drop: 1,200’

This Northern Adirondack Ski Mountain is just a short drive from Potsdam, Plattsburgh, and the Canadian Border. This ski resort offers 50 runs, 3 terrain parks, and night skiing! The main base area is open for night skiing, making Titus Mountain the longest ski day in New York. Ride long after the sun has set on 15 lit trails and 2 lit terrain parks.

This family-focused mountain also offers a newly renovated tubing hill, Mo’s Moon Valley Grill, and a “Skin and Ski” ticket for those looking to earn their turns. Seemingly a jack of all trades, Titus Mountain is also the home of Moon Valley Maple; local maple syrup born on the slopes of the mountain! Be sure to bring home a souvenir that keeps on giving by grabbing your bottle of syrup on your next visit. 

Titus Mountain also has a Ski School and a really awesome 411 deal. All 4th-grade students who participate in the “Intro to Ski” School program will leave with a free season pass and rental. This deal also comes with one free lift ticket and rental for a parent or guardian to join in on the fun as well. Fourth graders from participating schools are eligible for this program. 

6.Oak

  • Address: 141 Novosel Way, Speculator, NY 12164
  • Elevation: 2,966’
  • Vertical Drop: 650’

This southern Adirondack Ski Resort boasts 22 alpine trails over 230 acres of terrain. Two T-bars and 1 quad allow for an uphill lift capacity of 3,000 skiers per hour; you’ll never leave Oak Mountain feeling like you didn’t get enough runs in. Oak Mountain also features 4 lanes of snow tubing for those family members who might not be one for the alpine skiing or snowboarding action.

 At Oak, there is terrain to suit everyone’s needs at an affordable rate! The mountain is home to an outstanding Ski and Snowboard School, is accessible by snowmobile, and provides miles of Snowshoeing trails. You can take a hike/snowshoe through the forest, enjoy a breathtaking view from the top of the chairlift, or dine in the relaxed atmosphere of the Acorn Pub and Eatery. All who visit are sure to create long-lasting memories and have a great time.

Oak Mountain Quad Lift Off

7. McCauley Mountain

  • Address: 300 Mc Cauley Rd, Old Forge, NY 13420
  • Elevation: 2,200’
  • Vertical Drop: 633’

This local, family-oriented ski mountain is open on average, 105 days out of the year. This means that there are 105 days you can spend on the mountain with family and friends. Two T-bar tows, two rope tows, and one double chairlift provide access to 23 different runs. 26% of these runs are at the beginner level, 43% intermediate, and 30% advanced. McCauley is also home to one terrain park.

McCauley offers some of the very best lift ticket rates out of all Adirondack Ski Resorts. They also offer a number of specials. These specials include serious deals, such as the $ 5-afternoon pass to ski with your kids Mondays thru Thursdays from 2 pm to 4:15 pm. If you’re local to the Old Forge area or looking for a low-key Adirondack winter get-away, this is definitely the spot.

8. West Mountain Ski Resort

  • Address: 59 West Mountain Road, Queensbury, NY 12804
  • Elevation: 1,470’
  • Vertical Drop: 1,010’

At the foot of the Adirondack Mountains, just minutes off of Rt 87, West Mountain offers day and night skiing and snowboarding, tubing, a tuning and rental shop, and the West Mountain Bar and Eatery. This Ski Resort also offers ski lessons, stay & play holiday camps, a ski club, and a masterclass series for adults. With affordable lift ticket prices and close proximity to several local hotels, you can’t go wrong with a weekend trip to West Mountain.

At West Mountain, you’ll find 31 trails across 126 acres, ranging from easy, gentle learning slopes to challenging, expert terrain. One of the best parts of a day at West is that you don’t have to plan on leaving when the sun goes down. West Mountain is one of the few that offers night skiing on 15 trails. This allows visitors to ski for hours longer than they could at other Adirondack Ski Resorts.

9. Gore Mountain

  • Address: 793 Peaceful Valley Rd, North Creek, NY 12853
  • Elevation: 3,600’
  • Vertical Drop:  2,537′ 

Gore Mountain may be the biggest Ski Resort in New York State. It’s 42 miles and 439 acres of fun are tucked away into the small mountain town of North Creek. Arguably, the best Adirondack Ski Resort, Gore is home to 14 lifts, 110 trails, and 7 terrain parks, bringing Big East energy to a small town. 

Gore Mountain brings serious big-time Ski Resort vibes. With cozy lodging options and on-mountain dining so you can really optimize your time on the slopes. Gore Mountain also has a rental shop where you can rent your gear for the weekend or tune/repair the gear you’ve brought along. Gore participated in RFID ticketing which allows you to skip the ticket window by reloading your SKI3 card prior to your trip.

10. Whiteface

  • Address: Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington, NY 12997
  • Elevation: 4,685’
  • Vertical Drop: 3,430’

Whiteface definitely falls into the busy East Coast Ski Resort category. With that in mind, it’s one of the very best Adirondack Ski Resort experiences for the more experienced skier or snowboarder. This premier Ski resort is only 13 miles from Lake Placid, making it an Adirondack Ski and Snowboarding Hot Spot. There are ample lodging opportunities in the surrounding areas and a number of delicious restaurant options. 

With the most vertical drop of all the East Coast Ski Resorts, it’s no surprise that Whiteface was the location for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. Twelve lifts, including one gondola, provide access to 288 skiable acres. 87 names trails, 53 acres of glades skiing, and 4 terrain parks are bound to keep skiers and snowboarders of all abilities entertained. Although Whiteface may be one of the busiest ski spots in the Adirondacks, it’s worth the trip and every penny!

11. Big Tupper *CLOSED*

  • Address: 485 Big Tupper Rd, Tupper Lake, NY 12986
  • Elevation: 3,165′
  • Vertical Drop: 1,151′

We’re falling out of order here with number 11… Big Tupper is not the most popular ski spot in the Adirondacks – however, it easily could be and definitely should be on the list!

At one time in history, five lifts could transport skiers and snowboarders to the summit of Mt. Morris. In the last two decades, Big Tupper has failed to stay open. This ski center has the potential to service the locals of Tupper Lake by providing both a great local recreation center for residents to utilize while increasing winter tourism. 


Free Skiing and Snowboarding in the Adirondacks

There are a few free downhill skiing opportunities in the Adirondacks as well. They may not fall into the Best Adirondack Ski Resorts category, but free skiing and snowboarding is actually the best kind.

  • Indian Lake Ski Hill & Skating Park is a community mountain where you can take some turns free of charge. Although it may be small, all activities offered here are free of charge!
    1-518-648-5611 | Route 30, Indian Lake, NY 12842
  • Dynamite Hill Recreation Center provides an opportunity for beginners to gain confidence on the snow for free! The other amazing thing about Dynamite Hill is that it is pet friendly… so make sure you bring those adventure pups along for the fun.
    1-518-494-2722 | 3 Dynamite Hill,Chestertown, NY 12817
  • Otis Mountain is another free recreation and music festival venue in the Adirondacks. There are four seasons of fun at Otis Mountain; you can ski, snowboard, mountain bike, hike, or snowshoe for free.
    1-518-523-1365 | 2 miles south of Elizabethtown on Route 9, turn left onto Lobdell Lane

Please leave these free skiing opportunities better than you found them! There is always an opportunity to to give back to the space which provides you joy.


Which of our Adirondack Ski Resorts is Best?

Well… that’s for you to decide! Everyone looks for something a little different in their Ski/Snowboard trip experience. Personally, I suggest you try them all. They each offer a unique experience; advanced snow bums & bunnies will most likely prefer a different mountain than a family trying to learn the ins and outs of the slopes. Your unique situation matters! Choose the mountain that seems best for your needs.

Due to proximity and small-town vibes, McCauley Mountain is my number one choice for some Sunday turns. If I’m trying to plan a full weekend with a group of friends, I’m definitely going to try and head to Whiteface or Gore. Although I’ve yet to shred Gore Mountain, it’s first on my list for this winters Big Ski Trip. As badly as I want to head back to Killington in Vermont, Gore is calling my name!


If you plan for a ski weekend and are met with conditions that aren’t ideal, don’t forget that you can always head out for a winter hike. Enjoy the beauty of winter with one of these 7 best Adirondack Winter Hikes and if you’re in the Lake Placid area, try to eat at one of these bangin’ restaurants.

Trying out multiple mountains this winter can be made easy with the Adirondack Ski Resort reciprocal skiing program. Through this program, you can ski for free or at a discounted rate at all participating local mountains. The attached flyer is from the 19-20 season!

9 Best Adirondack Winter Hikes

Planning a winter vacation to the Adirondacks and looking for something to do? Adirondack winter hikes are where it’s at. See the beauty of the Adirondack Park through a hike. There is truly a hike for everyone, in every season in the ADK. Adirondack winter hikes range from a 1 mile, front country stroll to steep, icy climbs on exposed rock. You can choose your own adventure with the help of this guide!

Here we’re going to cover the 9 best Adirondack winter hikes for beginners right on up to experts. If you’ve never ventured out to experience the crisp air and crunchy snowflakes of a beautiful winter then this is a great place to start! With proper preparation and just a tad bit of excitement, you should be ready to take on Jack Frost.  

What is Winter Hiking?

Winter hiking means you’re going on a hike during the winter season. This means you’ll likely encounter frigid temperatures as well as snow and ice on the trail. Conditions for winter hiking vary depending on your region. If you’re interested, here are 9 tips for Winter Hiking.


What do you Need for Adirondack Winter Hiking?

Proper footwear and layers are crucial to your hiking success. Insulated, waterproof hiking boots paired with snowshoes and/or crampons are a must. Base-layers, mid-layers, and hardshell pants and jackets are the key to staying warm. Don’t forget a hat, gloves, and spare clothing in case yours becomes wet.

A lot of outdoor gear stores will rent you the equipment you need if you’re not quite sure you want to invest quite yet; High Peaks Cyclery in Lake Placid rents out winter gear for very reasonable prices. For a basic hike, snowshoes and micro-spikes will get you through the day safely. If you’re looking to gain elevation and climb above tree-line into the alpine zone a pair of crampons and ice axe are necessary for your success and safety.  

Proper layers, packed gear, and mode of transportation for winter hiking

Which Adirondack Hikes are Best in Winter?

Every hike isn’t created equally, so naturally, some are better for Winter hiking than others. For safety purposes, I try to stay away from hikes that include incredibly steep ascents and steep drop-offs. I also steer clear of hikes that would require you to cross a river or stream without a man-made structure’s help.

 

Here I’ve compiled 7 different Adirondack winter hikes that will provide amazing winter views. I’ve organized them in order from easiest to most difficult

High Falls Gorge

Very Easy – 1 mi. – Near Wilmington, NY

Courtesy of All Trails

This paid hiking experience is unlike any other. The 22-acre beautiful nature preserve is privately owned and provides access to an otherwise inaccessible area for explorers of all ages. Sturdy bridges, walkways, and groomed walking trails provide safe access to four cascading Adirondack waterfalls. This is an opportunity to experience the deep crevice carved a billion years ago known as High Falls Gorge with the whole family.

Unfortunately, High Falls Gorge is closed for the 20-21 winter season and will reopen May 1st, 2021 for the summer season! If you’re looking for flat, easy terrain with beautiful views of the high peaks, I would check out the John Brown’s Farm area trails.

Courtesy of Onlyinyourstate.com

Heaven Hill Trails

Easy – 2-4 mi.  – Lake Placid, NY

Photo Cred: AllTrails

An awesome bit of maintained trail in the Lake Placid region. There are a number of marked trails that create a few different loops for you to hike. The terrain is pretty flat, however, there is an opportunity to gain elevation by hiking Heaven Hill. Heaven Hill is an easy out and back with very steady elevation gain under good footing. There is no view at the summit other than the beautiful snow-covered terrain.

Loops around the fields on either end of the trail system provide views of the High Peaks region. This little gem is just outside of town and absolutely perfect for families with small children, a pre-dinner stroll, or to test out your new winter gear!

Bald Mountain

Easy to Moderate – 2 mi.  – Near Old Forge, NY

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A 1-mile ascent to the popular 2350 ft. summit is a must when visiting the Old Forge area. This hike is very popular among families with young children and adventurers alike! The trail has a few steep portions and tops out along some rock outcroppings; although I wouldn’t consider any aspect of this hike overly difficult, I do suggest microspikes and trekking poles in winter conditions. In fresh snow, snowshoes should be worn as well.

The summit is a large open rock face, home to a 35-foot well-maintained fire tower. Both the summit and the Fire Tower provide stunning views of Fourth Lake. The tower remains open in winter and the stairs can be icy – it is frowned upon for people to climb fire towers in microspikes or crampons. Use your best judgment here… and as always, please follow Leave No Trace Principles.

Bald Mountain is actually one of three mountains in the Fulton Chain Trifecta. The Fulton Chain Trifecta is one of several Adirondack hiking challenges. The other two mountains -Black Bear is included in this list- in this challenge would make for wonderful Adirondack winter hikes as well. Make it your winter goal to complete all three!

OK Slip Falls

Easy to Moderate – 6 mi. – Indian Lake, NY

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Easily one of the most beautiful waterfalls while also laying claim to being one of the highest waterfalls in the Adirondack Park. This 3-mile stroll through rolling hills will bring you to the top of a gorge overlooking the 250-foot ribbon cascade waterfall.

The trailhead parking lot is actually on the south side of route 28. After crossing the road you’ll embark on a 3-mile journey through the forest on a wide, easy to follow trail. The final approach to OK Slip Falls consists of switchbacks leading to the stunning overlook. There is an additional .75 mile trail with access to the Hudson River as a viewpoint, although I would not suggest it in winter conditions. 

Black Bear Mountain

Moderate – 4.7 mi. – Inlet, NY

Courtesy of All Trails

A slightly longer mountain hike that isn’t too challenging but still provides a gorgeous payoff. The summit is vast and provides views to the east and to the south. It’s an absolutely stunning summit for sunrise, although you have to continue on past the true summit about 100 yards for a sunrise view! Along with Bald Mountain mentioned above, this mountain is one of three in a fun little local hiking challenge.

This mountain shares a parking lot with the much shorter, and equally as beautiful, Rocky Mountain. The 4.7 mile Black Bear route contains both blue and yellow trail markers. If you choose to hike the blue trail only, out and back, you will enjoy a shorter hike by about .7 miles. It is important to note that the blue trail is much steeper than the yellow trail. The Yellow trail is equally as beautiful with a less steep grade. 

Bear Den

Moderate – 3.8 mi.  – Wilmington, New York 

Courtsey of AllTrails

After parking in the Bear Den lot at Whiteface, you’ll embark on a journey through the woods to the summit of Bear Den. The climb is gradual as it meanders through the trees with seemingly no rhyme or reason. About a quarter-mile from the summit you will start to realize your elevation gain and poke out onto a cliff’s edge with a rock cairn. Although these views are stunning, you’re not quite there yet!

Continue along, following the cairns and footpath until the summit. Here you’ll experience stunning views of Whiteface and the surrounding mountains. You’ll be able to see the chair lifts in motion and you might even catch a view of a few skiers/snowboarders if the weather is just right. It is quite windy up here, exposed and open, so plan to add a layer back on to your body as your temperature drops after all of your hard work on the uphill!

If you’re feeling great and want to stay out on the trail, you’ll notice the sign for Flume Knobb about a half mile from the trail head. You can continue on this trail for a similarly difficult hike with what I’ve heard are equally gorgeous views! If you’ve had enough, continue on back to the car and head out.

St. Regis Fire Tower

Moderate – Difficult – 6.6 mi.  – Paul Smiths, New York 

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After parking in a lot just off Keese Mills Road, you’ll walk a short distance down a dirt road before meeting the trail. The first 2 miles of the trail makes for a perfect snowshoe, at the 2-mile point, you will cross a bridge where you will begin your climb. About .5 miles from the summit the climb will steepen. Traction is highly recommended as it can be icy in the winter months. 

When you arrive at the summit you’ll emerge from the treeline onto open rock. There are gorgeous views to the South; with the St. Regis canoe area below and the High Peaks in the distance, it doesn’t get much prettier. Climb the 35-foot tall fire tower for 360-degree views of the Northern Adirondacks. 

St. Regis is one of six mountains in the Saranac Lake 6er challenge. The Saranac Lake 6er challenge offers a number of beautiful mountain views in all seasons. This hiking challenge even has a specific patch for winter completion. If you’re interested in hiking the rest of these mountains, be sure to check out my Saranac Lake 6er Hiking Challenge Guide. 

Hurricane Mountain

Difficult – 6.8 mi. – Keene, New York

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You can choose from 3 different trailheads for this hike. I am only familiar with one of these trailheads, from the Crow’s Clearing Trailhead at the end of O’Toole Road. You must park about a quarter-mile from the trail register in winter due to seasonal roads. There is also a trail from 9N and the end of Hurricane Mountain Lane. 

The Trail from Crow’s Clearing is the longest of the three climbing 1600 feet in 3.4 miles. The steepest portion of this trail will require additional traction devices, so be sure to bring your snowshoes with crampons and microspikes. The wonderful, open peak offers absolutely gorgeous views. Additional views are available from the Fire Tower. 

Hurricane Mountain is one of the Lake Placid 9ers. The Lake Placid 9er is a hiking challenge based on mountains in the Lake Placid area. Hurricane is easily one of the longest, most beautiful hikes of the LP9, however, nearly all 9 would be absolutely gorgeous Adirondack winter hikes. 

Hurricane Mountain in a sub 10 degree Snow Storm

Cascade and Porter

Very Difficult – 5.9  – Lake Placid, New York

Courtesy of All Trails

Cascade and Porter are often a new-to-the-46 hikers first High Peak experience. This shouldn’t change for the winter either! I would only suggest hiking Cascade and/or Porter in winter to experienced three-season hikers who wish to extend their hobby into the winter months. The trail isn’t overly long, however, the final approach is steep and you will be exposed and above treeline. You will need snowshoes and appropriate traction devices to successfully complete this hike. 

The main trailhead for Cascade and Porter is on the scenic route 73 between Keene and Lake Placid. The trail is considered easy by most serious hikers, although tacking on the snow and ice can increase it’s the difficulty. Cascade is 4,098 feet tall and one of the 46 4,000 foot mountains in the Adirondacks; this means that it is part of the ADK 46er Hiking Challenge. This challenge is not intended for the beginner hiker. Please make sure you are carrying all of the essentials, including a map of the high peaks

Have you Found a Hike that Interests you?

If this list has convinced you to take on winter and take a hike, you should check out my 9 tips for Winter Hiking Post. Adirondack winter hiking or snowshoeing is an amazing way to continue your passion for the outdoors throughout all four seasons. As long as you are properly prepared and adventuring under the right conditions, the winter season could easily become your favorite time to experience the outdoors. 

If you’re still not sold on winter hiking, that’s okay! There are so many great places to eat and super fun things to do in the Adirondacks in winter. Some of the most popular pastimes include downhill or XC skiing (or snowboarding), ice fishing, snowmobiling, and visiting museums. No matter what you choose to do, your time in the Adirondacks this winter will be memorable. 

Hiking For Dummies

Are you looking for a great new hobby that brings you outside, keeps you active, and can bring you to some pretty neat places? My top suggestion would be hiking! But hiking can be intimidating, so I’ve created Hiking For Dummies in a blog post form. In 3 short(ish) points, I’ll have you feeling confident for your first, or next, big hiking trip! This post is all about hiking for beginners.

Why Write About Hiking for Dummies?

A friend of mine recently asked me if I could suggest any ‘Hiking for Dummies’ style books… I was shocked when nothing really came to mind. I was lucky enough to learn the ins and outs of outdoor recreation through a college class – I keep up with the ever-changing information and requirements by joining e-mail lists and following the social media pages of great outdoor organizations in my area. Honestly, I never really thought of what people without my same experience might have to do in order to feel comfortable getting outside. And so, this hiking for dummies post was born! If you’re looking for advice on how to get started, I have you covered. 

Hiking for Dummies and Gregory Packs
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Lake George 12ster Hiking Challenge

The Lake George 12sters hiking challenge was started by someone searching for technical terrain to train on in preparation for endurance train runs. Along the way, they participated in a number of other Adirondack challenges including the Saranac Lake 6ers, and the Lake Placid 9ers. They met many individuals on the trail who had hiked a few on the Lake George Mountains but hadn’t experienced them all. This inspired the creation of the Lake George 12ster hiking challenge.

Lake George 12ster Trails

The creator saw how as the lesser-known mountains in these other challenges gained popularity, the voices that advocated for them increased as well. This opportunity for stewardship brought about the Lake George 12ster hiking challenge and I’m so glad it did! During mud season in the Adirondacks April-June (ish) I try to stay below 2,500-3,000 feet but I still need to scratch my hiking itch! Challenged like this help to keep me entertained while staying out of the High Peaks.

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Gregory Deva 70L Backpack Review

Are you looking for an overnight hiking bag? A multi-day trek is at the top of my list for outdoor recreation. I love the challenge it brings as well as the absolutely stunning backcountry views it provides. The Gregory DEVA 70L helps me do it.

Gregory Deva 70L Backpack on the Northville Placid Trail, ADK

My Significant other and I purchased new backpacking bags in an attempt to find extra comfort and better packing ability. After some research, we decided on Gregory Packs and what a great decision it was! Our packs have proven to be durable, comfortable, and able to carry everything we need for an extended overnight trip in the great outdoors.

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