New York September 06, 2016
7 Easy Hikes To Add To Your Outdoor Bucket List In New York
While many of us have been hiking all summer long, others prefer to wait until summer is over so that we can worry less about dealing with pesky bugs and sweltering heat during our adventures. With our beautiful fall foliage just around the corner, we’ve already started to plan out which mountains we’ll be running to after the long work weeks we endure.
New York is filled with
insane hikes that give us rewarding views, but sometimes we just need to take it easy and enjoy some leisure time out within the forest. Like I’ve shared with you all before, I make an effort to try and not repeat hikes that have already been featured in other lists that I’ve put together. So, these are all hikes I’ve managed to never feature on a hiking list before! With the hope of saving your legs from turning into Jell-O, here are 7 easy hikes to add to your New York outdoor bucket list.
1. Silver Lake Mountain - Au Sable Forks (2 miles)
Captured during an incredible time lapse by
Brendan Wiltse Photography
on YouTube, this 2-mile hike is great for the entire family. The hike is on an out and back trail that's one mile each way, only really getting difficult right before you reach the summit, making the views all the more sweet! Just before you reach the top of the mountain you'll encounter some rocks, but shortly after you'll achieve your views of Taylor Pond and the surrounding area of the Silver Lake region.
2. Bald Mountain - Old Forge (1.7 miles)
This well marked out and back trail often referred to as Rondaxe Mountain (because of the Rondaxe Fire Tower at the summit) gives you the most beautiful view you'll find in this area of New York. This hike is considered easy but definitely requires a good pair of hiking boots! Much of the trail brings you over exposed tree roots and rock faces that you'll want to have a good grip for, all while surrounding you with beautiful scenery. From the top, you'll be greeted by the fire tower and panoramic views of the Fulton Chain of Lakes!
3. Dover Stone Church - Dover Plains (1.2 miles)
A hike that feels short and easy, this trail will really bring you someplace special. The trail starts off nice and flat, bringing you through a walkway in a beautiful open space within Dover Plains. After no time at all you'll find yourself discovering an aboveground cave that even features a waterfall inside!
To read more details about this hike and incredible natural wonder,
4. Onanda Park - Canandaigua (1.2 miles)
Captured on YouTube by
, there's nothing quite like getting out to the Finger Lakes to visit Canandaigua Lake! The park that can be found right along the lake, features a 1.2 mile loop trail that brings you right to beautiful waterfalls like the one shown above. Accessible all year long, you'll love taking this clear and easy path to discover all there is to see here! Don't forget your camera.
5. Coney Mountain - Tupper Lake (2.2 miles)
Part of the Tupper Lake Triad, this particular mountain is so easy that it's completed in a day with two of our other nearby mountains, Goodman and Arab. This trail has a nice gradual incline, making for an easy hike to complete. Round trip the trail is just over 2-miles long and has incredible panoramic views from the summit.
To find out how you can receive a patch for completing the Tupper Lake Triad in both the summer and winter,
6. Mount Baker - Saranac Lake (1.8 miles)
Bringing you up into the Adirondack High Peak region, we love enjoying the views from the top of Mount Baker! Depending on who you ask, this hike is considered easy. Round trip the hike comes in at 1.8 miles, leaving little room to complain with such a short hike. Roughly halfway into the hike the trail splits, if you want to enjoy an easier hike you'll go to the left. Short but sweet or maybe we should say steep, the views from the top are worth any rock scrambling you'll come across.
you can see footage of the trail and summit captured by YouTube user
7. Mine Kill Falls - North Blenheim (3.5 miles)
Located inside of Mine Kill State Park you'll find the 3.5-mile long trail called the Long Path. The Long Path brings you through many of the park's scenic areas, most importantly being the beautiful Mine Kill Falls. The 80-foot waterfall runs through one of New York's many gorges and is a favorite spot for locals to wade in the water.
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