Best Hikes in the Adirondacks

The Adirondack mountains are a mountain range in upstate New York. The pristine mountain land is an outdoor lover’s paradise. It encompasses over 2,000 miles of hiking trails, 3,000 lakes and ponds and 1,200 miles of rivers. Here’s your guide to the best hikes in the Adirondacks.

Cathedral Pines

This hike is one of the easiest of all of the Adirondack trails. This short, 0.1 mile loop that winds through old growth virgin pines. It’s a popular spot for tourists road-tripping up through the mountains. This hike is great for all ages and make sure to get photos of the massive pines.

Boreas Pond

This newly opened trail ends at the scenic Boreas Pond. The pond stretches over 20,000 acres and is truly one of the most beautiful sites in the Adirondacks. The hike is between the North River Mountain Range and the Boreas Mountain Range. This popular hike offers great views of Mount Haystack and Saddleback Mountain. From the parking area to the Boreas Pond dam is an easy 3.6 mile hike.

Giant Mountain

This popular hike is a little over seven miles round trip and is one of the highest peaks in the range. From the top of the mountain, you’ll see breathtaking views of the Eastern High Peaks, Roaring Brooks Falls and the Great Range. While the terrain is steep, it’s ideal for families and intermediate hikers.

Owl’s Head

Owl’s Head is known as one of the most rewarding easy hikes in the Adirondacks. You’ll still see amazing views from this little peak. It takes about two hours to get to the summit. You’ll see amazing views of the Seward Mountains, Kempshell Mountain and Long Lake. The rocks and trees in the forest along the way make it great for kids to play in.

Cascade Mountain

This summit is very popular over the summer, make sure to go early to avoid the crowds. The panoramic views at the top are some of the best in the Adirondacks. This hike is good for beginners as it’s 4.8 miles round trip. This trail is even popular in the winter for snowshoeing.

The beauty of the Adirondacks are a must see for any adventure lover and hiker. America By Rail offers train trips through the Adirondacks and beyond throughout the Eastern U.S.

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