One of the trailless peaks in the Santanoni Range, Panther is usually hiked in conjunction with Santanoni and often with Couchsachraga as well. The trail is most easily and frequently accessed from Bradley Pond via the old Tahawus Club Road, and be prepared with a map and GPS if you have one – the Santanonis are out there!
Wright is one of the easier 46ers – it was my first at age eight! Predictably, it’s great for families with younger kids and is an enjoyable hike with good views throughout. Near the summit, there is a plaque marking the site of a 1962 plane crash, and you can sometimes still find debris scattered nearby.
One of the trailless 46ers, Redfield was named by Verplanck Colvin after Professor William Redfield, a meteorologist who organized the first expedition up Marcy. You may even thank Redfield for the “High Peaks” moniker, since he was the first to describe Marcy as the “High Peak of the Essex”.
The namesake and largest peak of the Santanoni Range, Santanoni can be a challenging climb, particularly when paired, as it often is, with Panther and Couchsachraga, the other two mountains that make up the Santanonis.
One of the high peaks that it makes the most sense to hike in a series of other peaks, Nippletop has a long level approach before climbing on steeper trails, giving it a more significant mileage number despite the fact that the climb is not terribly long.
One of the more accessible and straight-forward high peaks, Giant Mountain is a perfect hike to do as a family or in a larger group. There is a great view from the top, and afterwards, you can cross the road and go for a swim in Chapel Pond.
One of the more iconic High Peaks, Colden is known for the big slides on the side of the mountain. It is most often climbed from Avalanche Lake via Marcy Dam or Lake Colden, and if you have the proper equipment and an adventurous attitude, you can climb it via the Trapdike – a narrow chute up one side of the mountain that requires skilled and thoughtful ascension.
One of the highest of the 46ers, Iroquois Peak is an easy peak to bag if you head out to climb Algonquin, since the most popular route up Iroquois requires climbing Algonquin to get there.
With large, sweeping slides across much of its face, Gothics is one of the most spectacular high peaks to view from afar. It was these slides and the arched nature of the mountain’s peaks that inspired its name, according to local lore.