Whether you are a cyclist looking for a new scenic route or a mountain biker in search of challenging single track, there are several options to choose from. Cycle Adirondacks is a new bike tour of the Park over a week span during the month of August that provides a cyclist a unique opportunity to see the area on two wheels. There are also great opportunities throughout the Adirondack Park to get out for some mountain biking. In recent years, more efforts have been made to expand trail systems and keep up on the maintenance of them. One local organization called the Barkeater Trails Alliance has had a major impact on the development of trail systems.
In search of a big catch? The Adirondacks are chock full of great spots for fishing, whether with a lure or a fly. Trout, bass, walleyes, northern pike, and muskies are just a few of the popular fish found in Adirondack waters. Between Lake George, which is famous among trophy fishermen, and the Ausable River, legendary in the fly fishing community, anglers have endless casting options in the Adirondacks. Whether looking for some camaraderie with fellow fishermen or for that quiet spot back in the wilderness, the lakes and waterways in the Park will exceed your expectations in many ways.
Hiking opportunities in the Adirondack Park are innumerable. From short 0.5-mile jaunts to multi-day 25-mile backpacking trips, there are hikes for all ages and abilities. To become an Adirondack 46er is a challenge and a tradition for hikers in the High Peaks region. Although the Adirondack fire towers are no longer used for detecting fires, a good portion of New York's remaining historic towers are being restored and have become popular hikes - a part of the Fire Tower Challenge. The summit vistas and 360-degree panoramic fire tower views looking out on the surrounding forests, lakes, mountains and valleys are unbeatable.
There are plenty of opportunities to explore via the water in all corners of the Adirondack Park. It is unique among other mountain regions in North America in that there are several miles of waterways - more than 30,000 miles of rivers and streams and 3,000 lakes and ponds - a paddler’s dream! There is something entirely alluring about floating out on a cool lake in the midst of the dog days of summer or being able to see the wide array of fall colors from the water’s perspective. From getting up close and personal with all sorts of wildlife to exploring the islands full of wild blueberries that often grace Adirondack lakes, a day full of paddling offers something for every type of adventurer.
The granite faces that dominate the Adirondack rock climbing scene are full of tantalizing blank faces, splitter cracks, crags, and cliffs. Some of New York’s best climbing routes can be found deep in the Adirondack wilderness or even just off of the highway. The lines are not well-worn, so finding your own path is not a problem. With well over 250 climbing areas throughout the Park, each different from the other, climbers are often humbled by the traditional approach required. Keene Valley and the Cascade Lakes Region are popular for climbers looking for easy access, high reward pitches and backcountry crags, like those found on Gothics and the Cranberry Lake Region, test stamina and skills.
Many people are surprised to learn that the Adirondack Park hosts two excellent ski areas: Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, just outside of Lake Placid, and Gore Mountain, in North Creek. Host to the 1980 Olympic downhill-related competitions, Whiteface Mountain has the greatest vertical drop in the east. Steep and sometimes icy, Whiteface offers a wide variety of terrain with spectacular views of the High Peaks. Gore Mountain also boasts diverse terrain, from glades to black diamonds and first-time skier friendly trails. Both mountains have high speed chairs and gondolas, and of course some nice places for an apres ski beverage.
The massive trail networks winding through snow-frosted trees, along frozen rivers, and connecting local communities provide riders with an endless Adirondack playground. Between the trail systems, lodging, and restaurants, snowmobiling in the Adirondacks is an incredible experience to share with friends and family. Secluded trails and communities catering to sledders are abundant in the Adirondacks and that sentiment extends beyond the Blue Line into the Tughill Plateau and the St. Lawrence Region, an additional 500 miles of adventure.
From April to October guided trips are offered, most notably the mighty Hudson and the Moose River. For those seeking a more challenging trip, early spring is the best time to go with snow melt creating intense rapids. The Adirondack region is full of whitewater outfitters and experienced guides that will provide rafters with a challenging, but safe and comfortable trip. As a part of most of the rafting trip packages, a lunch on the river is provided (hot chocolate is provided in the early spring!) and a satisfying communal dinner with all of the rafters and guides is served upon arrival back to the outfitter, the perfect way to replenish your system after expending some serious energy paddling the rapids.