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The Most Epic Hikes in New York's Adirondack Mountains

Explore the Great Range with this collection of epic hikes.

Description

The Adirondack Mountains are located in northeastern New York, forming a roughly circular dome. The massif is "about 160 miles in diameter and about 1 mile high,” according to Wikipedia. While the mountain range is located some distance from the dense population center of New York City, that doesn’t seem to stop an immense flow of tourism to the region.

In 1892 the state of New York created Adirondack Park to protect this sparsely-populated region. The park is massive in scope, covering “almost one-fifth of the state” and comparable in size to the state of Vermont, according to Britannica.com. This massive scale makes Adirondack Park “the largest American state or national park outside of Alaska,” according to the article on Britannica.com.

Explore this impressive region—more specifically, the Great Range within the park—via this collection of epic hikes. Included in this list is the Adirondack Great Range Traverse, “arguably the most epic traverse in the Adirondacks, if not the entire state of New York,” according to author Brendon Voelker. In addition to the standard traverse, you’ll find optional summit hikes, and additional trails to turn the traverse into a massive loop.

Cascade and Porter Mountains
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Cascade and Porter Mountains

2 - 3 hrs
8.7 km
710 m
710 m
An easier hike bagging 2 of the 46 High Peaks.
Moderate
Private
Mount Marcy via Phelps Trail
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Mount Marcy via Phelps Trail

6 - 7 hrs
26.7 km
1,270 m
1,270 m
A popular approach to Mount Marcy with overnight options at Johns Brook Lodge.
Difficult
Private
Big Slide, Yard Mountain, and The Brothers
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Big Slide, Yard Mountain, and The Brothers

4 - 5 hrs
16.4 km
967 m
967 m
A incredibly scenic loop with multiple summits and a return trip along Johns Brook .
Difficult
Private
Upper Wolfjaw, Armstrong, and Gothics Loop
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Upper Wolfjaw, Armstrong, and Gothics Loop

6 - 7 hrs
21.6 km
1,216 m
1,216 m
A challenging hike showcasing some of the best views on the Great Range.
Severe
Private
Rooster Comb and Snow Mountain Loop
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Rooster Comb and Snow Mountain Loop

2 - 3 hrs
9.2 km
616 m
616 m
A day hike with views of the Great Range and Keene Valley.
Difficult
Private
Adirondack Great Range
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Adirondack Great Range

1 day +
33.3 km
3,464 m
3,464 m
A highly sought after epic traverse of the Adirondack Great Range.
Extreme
Private
Great Range to Mount Marcy
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Great Range to Mount Marcy

1 - 2 hrs
5.0 km
529 m
529 m
A spur connecting the Adirondack Great Range to Mount Marcy.
Difficult
Private
Mount Marcy via Elk Lake
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Mount Marcy via Elk Lake

1 day +
33.6 km
1,633 m
1,633 m
A lengthy and lesser-traveled approach to Mount Marcy.
Difficult
Private