The Peaks of the Adirondacks Challenge
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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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