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Stillwater Mountain

Stillwater Mountain

Stillwater is located at the westernmost periphery of the Park. The fire tower was recently renovated and reopened in July 2016, and as a result is in great shape. There are gorgeous views both from the summit and the fire tower, but if you go make sure not to go between the second Tuesday of October and December 20th -- the trail and fire tower are both closed during that time to accommodate hunting on the land.

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Winter Hike up Wright Peak

Winter Hike up Wright Peak

With an elevation of 4,587 feet, Wright is the 16th highest peak in the Adirondack Park.  Evan (the extra ambitious one of the two of us) wanted to try for a sunrise hike so after a 4am wake-up call, we made our way to the High Peaks Trailhead at the Adirondack Loj.

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Copperas Pond

Copperas Pond

Copperas Pond is a great short hike for anyone. The trailhead is located between Wilmington and Lake Placid. From Route 86, it's about a 0.5 mile climb to the pond. Once you reach the pond, you can go in either direction along the side of it. If you go right, you shortly come across a nice lean-to with a fireplace and a view of the pond.

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Nye Mountain

Nye Mountain

One of the most accessible “trail-less” peaks, Nye is a fairly easy climb, however, does not boast even a meager view from the top. Most people hike Nye and Street together. Since both Street and Nye have poor views and unmaintained trails, they tend to be quieter options than many of the other hikes that begin at Adirondack Loj, and are a good bet if you’re looking to run into fewer people during the busy season.

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Cliff Mountain

Cliff Mountain

Don’t be misled by Cliff’s low elevation. As a trail-less peak that is usually climbed alongside Redfield, it has a long (often muddy) approach and only has mediocre views from the top. Since the trip up the two peaks has quite high mileage, you’ll want to make sure you get an early start and ideally hike the mountains in the summer to maximize the amount of daylight you’ll have while on the trail.

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Blake Peak

Blake Peak

Blake is climbed from the Lower Ausable Lake after summiting Colvin. Climbed in conjunction with Colvin, despite being below 4,000 ft, Blake is still a solid hike, since there is such a long hike leading up to the climb up Colvin and Blake. However, the hike is worth the distance, despite the summit being wooded there are great views of the lakes below and mountains nearby during the hike to the top. 

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Grace Peak

Grace Peak

Recently renamed Grace Peak after Grace Hudowalski, the first woman to climb all 46 High Peaks, East Dix is most often summited alongside other peaks in the Dix Range, although it is possible to climb the peak from the east, via Lindsay Brook. One of the few peaks in the Dix Range with an unobstructed view from the summit, the view is well worth the long hike in.

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Mount Emmons

Mount Emmons

The third peak in the Seward Range, Mount Emmons is named for Ebenezer Emmons, a geologist who is credited with naming the Adirondacks and who also led the first recorded ascent of Mount Marcy. Despite his accomplishments, Emmons’ namesake peak is not well known, as it is challenging to get to and one of the tougher high peaks to climb.

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Mount Colvin

Mount Colvin

Colvin has a beautiful view of Marcy and the Great Range from its summit. The only caveat is that there is a moderately long (though mostly flat) hike in from the Ausable Club to the head of Lower Ausable Lake before you can start climbing up to the summit.

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Porter Mountain

Porter Mountain

Often hiked with Cascade, Porter is perhaps the second easiest 46er to summit. It is not a much longer hike than Cascade and shares the same trail most of the way to the top. It also has beautiful views of the Cascade Lakes and surrounding peaks, making it a worthwhile morning or afternoon hike.

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South Dix

South Dix

Grouped among and usually summited alongside the other mountains in the Dix range (Macomb, Dix, Hough, and East Dix), South Dix is beautiful in its own right, despite the fact that it is seldom if ever the only peak summited in a day’s hike. South Dix is actually in the process of being renamed to Carson Peak, in commemoration of Russell Carson, a former President of the Adirondack Mountain Club.

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Cascade Mountain

Cascade Mountain

The easiest and most accessible of the 46 high peaks, Cascade can also be one of the most crowded. A popular hike for families in the summertime, snowshoers in the winter, and athletes just out for a quick jaunt, the parking areas near the trailhead are often full and you will often find cars parked along the road.

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