Join the Challenge!

The inaugural Adirondacks Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge is a self-guided hiking challenge that takes you up six iconic Adirondacks mountains. You can complete the hikes in six months, six weeks or six days. You set the schedule that works best for you. 

The hikes start easier and work up to longer and more challenging climbs, culminating with Mount Marcy — the high point of New York State.

You can climb them in order as you build your strength and endurance, or mix it up. The choice is yours. Your registration will help support Big City Mountaineers, so you'll be doing good for others with each peak you climb.

Overview Map of the Adirondacks Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

The Peaks of the Adirondacks Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

Catamount Mountain

CATAMOUNT MOUNTAIN – Elevation 3,173′ (967 m)

One of the classic, shorter hikes in the Adirondack High Peaks region. The last mile includes scrambles over steep, bare rock that rewards with amazing views of Ester and Whiteface mountains.

Six-Pack Route Details: Catamount Mountain Trail
Distance: 4.4 miles; Vertical +/- 1,584 feet

PHELPS MOUNTAIN – Elevation 4,141′ (1,262 m)

This trails starts at Heart Lake and climbs to a 4000 footer with spectacular views, including Mount Marcy, the New York State highpoint. 

Six-Pack Route Details: Phelps Mountain Trail
Distance: 9.3 miles; Vertical +/- 2,260 feet

Cascade Mountain

CASCADE MOUNTAIN – Elevation 4,098′ (1,249 m)

This famous peak south of Lake Placid offers killer 360-degree views of the High Peaks Region. As an added bonus, you'll get to summit Porter Mountain.

Six-Pack Route Details: Cascade Mountain via Cascade Mountain Trail
Distance: 5.6 miles; Vertical +/- 2,286 feet

Haystack Mountain

HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN – Elevation 2,864′ (873 m)

This trail starts out mellow, but the final climb to the open rock ledge is a real leg-burner; it's steep! From the summit, follow the trail to the north east for a mellower return to complete this lollipop loop. 

Six-Pack Route Details: Haystack Mountain Trail
Distance: 8.1 miles; Vertical +/- 1,758 feet

Algonquin Peak

ALGONQUIN PEAK – Elevation 5,114′ (1,559 m)

The climb up Algonquin Peak (#2 on the 46'er list) in the MacIntyre Range is considered one of the more beautiful climbs in the High Peaks Region. And because you're here, you can also bag Wright and Iroquois Peaks. 

Six-Pack Route Details: Algonquin Peak via the Algonquin Trail 
Distance: 10.0 miles; Vertical +/- 3,605 ft.

Mount Marcy

MOUNT MARCY – Elevation 5,344′ (1,629 m)

This climb takes you to the highest point in the state of New York, with views over the High Peaks Region, the Green Mountains in Vermont, and Mont Royal in Montreal. This is a long, challenging peak and a worthy finish to the challenge. 

Six-Pack Route Details: Mount Marcy via Van Hoevenberg
Distance: 16.2 miles; Vertical +/- 3,585 feet

Note: Hike logs from all challengers are currently being displayed. This will be updated to hike logs from the Adirondacks challenge beginning January 1, 2023.

Piestewa Peak

Wrap up

Great wrap up hike! Beautiful day and incredible views! 9.2 miles to the peak and back.

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Wasson Peak

Wrap up

Beautiful day! Trail was great as were the views! 9.2 miles to the peak and back! Final hike of the challenge!

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Sitton Peak
Harpreet Gulati

Sitton in the Clouds

Still early for wild flowers. Some trees beginning to bloom. Was completely covered in Clouds when we got there but cleared up around 10:30 am

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Cuyamaca Peak

Slippery Cuyamaca

Holy slippery!  We finally busted out this hike after all the weather delays.  Had a great hiking crew so that made the time pleasant 🙂

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Mount Wilson (SoCal)
Travis Clark

Peak One Done!

It was a little overcast today which was actually great. I was hiking inside a cloud for the majority of this trek. Loved when I

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