Once visitors of our state get past the blinding lights and chaos of our famous Big Apple, they quickly see one of the other reasons why people love coming here so much. Our mountains! Between our famous Adirondack Mountains and The Catskills, New York has enough elevation to last your legs a lifetime. Each equipped with their own breathtaking views and trails that will bring out your inner adventurer, these 15 epic mountains in New York will drop your jaw:
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Viewed from Big Slide Mountain, Gothics is a part of the Adirondack 46 High Peaks! Earning its name by resembling Gothic architecture, the mountain is a favorite amongst those who have completed all of the High Peaks.
Total elevation: 4734'
2. Mount Marcy
The highest point in all of our state, Mount Marcy is a name known by all. A roughly 15-mile hike to the summit of this remarkable mountain, the views from the top will make the long trip worth while.
Total elevation: 5,344'
3. Indian Head
One of the most memorable views you can find within our state, this beautiful mountain in the Adirondacks (not to be confused with our Catskills mountain) is like nothing you've ever seen. Gorgeous views of Lower Ausable Lake make for unforgettable photo opportunities!
Total elevation: Roughly 2700'
4. Panther Mountain
If you're fans of the beautiful Ashokan Reservoir, climbing this popular Catskill High Peak will give you a stunning view of it from the top.
Total elevation: 3,720′
5. Alongonquin Peak
The second highest mountain in our state, these 360-degree views you'll achieve at the top will completely blow your mind. The bald summit is often paired up with Wright Peak and/or Iroquois Peak, making for an adventurous day.
Total elevation: 5,115′
6. Whiteface Mountain
New York's fifth highest mountain, this incredible high peak has become one of our states most iconic mountains. A place where tourists can easily visit, hikers can explore and Olympic fans can bask in the history, this mountain is truly special.
Total elevation: 4,865′
7. Black Mountain
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Lake George's highest mountain, the summit offers a beautiful view of the lake and some of its charming islands. Great to visit any time of year, the mountain also features an old Adirondack fire tower that is no longer in use.
Total elevation: 2,641′
8. Overlook Mountain
Not apart of the High Peaks, this Catskill Mountain will give you a seriously unforgettable hike. While the views from the summit alone would be enough to attract visitors, the mountain also features the old ruins of a hotel that are eerily picturesque.
Total elevation: 3,140′
9. Mount Haystack
Seen from Little Haystack, this Adirondack mountain is the third highest in our entire state! A challenging hike with rewarding views, you'll be glad to cross this one off your list of high peaks.
Total elevation: 4,961′
10. Sleeping Beauty Mountain
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Located in the Adirondacks, not far from all of Lake George's major attractions, this beautiful mountain is waiting for you. A popular spot to hike once the warmer weather starts up, the summit offers visitors plenty of room to soak in views of Lake George and the surrounding mountains.
11. Peekamoose Mountain
Apart of the Catskill High Peaks, this mountain is often combined with Table Mountain!
Total elevation: 3,842′
12. Mount Colden
Captured from Wright Peak, Mount Colden is the eleventh highest peak in the Adirondack Mountains. Easily spotted from other mountains because of its recognizable center, this particular high peak has become a popular mountain to hike over the years.
Total elevation: 4,715′
13. Mount Skylight
Capture from the highest peak in our state Mount Marcy, these two high peaks are often paired up together!
Total elevation: 4,925′
14. Windham High Peak
Unforgettable views of the Hudson Valley? Sign us up! Another Catskill High Peak, the Windham High Peak is one of the smaller mountains of this challenge that you can tackle.
Total elevation: 3,524'
15. Blackhead Mountain
Seen from Black Dome, this Catskill High Peak is considered to be quite the challenging mountain to hike!
Total elevation: 3,940′
Do you think we should make a part two for this list? Share with us your favorite mountains in New York!