A shorter and easier (though no less steep) hike than its neighbor, Black Bear Mountain, Rocky Mountain is a great hike for families and hikers with dogs. Even though it’s a quick hike, you still get a good view from the top of Fourth Lake, as well as nearby Inlet and Eagle Bay.
The Flume trails have a special place in my heart because, as a native “Wilmingtoner”, it was my dad who cut the first trails there – Flume Knob and Bear Den. The story of him bushwhacking in that area and getting chased down a small waterfall he named Waterspout Falls by an angry momma bear is family lore, and where the Bear Den trail gets its name.
Most commonly known as the venue where the bobsled track and cross-country ski trails are located, Mt Van Hoevenberg is also a relatively short but moderately easy and fun hike.
The Adirondack Loj and Heart Lake are located at the foot of Mt. Jo, a 2876' peak in the heart of the Adirondacks. There are two trails that lead to the open rock summit, a steep but short hike with the reward of a sweeping vista of the High Peaks.
Cobble Mountain is a gentle hike through the woods of the Wilmington Wild Forest. Great for families and pet-friendly, this short 1.3 mile one way hike leads to a huge lookout area with 180 degree views
Looking for a great day hike around Lake George? Check out Buck Mountain! With two different approaches – this hike is great for all skill level hikers and offers spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.