With warmer weather starting to slowly but surely make appearances in our day-to-day lives, our explorer residents have begun to feel the itch to start climbing once again! From small but rewarding hikes to trails that will lead you to what feels like the top of the world, New York’s mountainous terrain offers a wide variety in hikes and their skill levels. Up for the challenge of conquering one of these out of this world hiking spots? Check out the 12 unforgettable views that made it onto our list below:
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1. Ampersand Mountain
This 5 mile out and back trail near Saranac Lake will give you an incredible work out and is an absolute must-see. Apart of the Saranac 6 challenge, this mountain will test you all the way to the top and then reward you with a bald summit that holds completely indescribable views!
2. Mount Jo
One of the easier trails to hike on our list, this 2.1 mile loop is a great place to explore for a variety of skilled explorers. Accessible all year long, Mt. Jo's summit offers up spectacular views of Heart Lake and the Adirondack High Peaks.
3. Breakneck Ridge Trail
Located in the Hudson Highlands State Park, this 2.7 mile loop is a favored hiking trail amongst New Yorkers. While this climb has incredibly rewarding views, it is only suggested for experienced explorers due to how challenging it is.
4. Black Mountain Loop
A 6-mile loop awaits you at the highest mountain in the Southern Adirondack's and Lake George region. Considering its elevation this hike is rated as moderate and truly isn't
that strenuous. For roughly the first part of this hike you're on a completely flat trail, allowing you to fully soak in the beauty of your surroundings.
5. Cascade to Porter Mountain Trail
Located right near Lake Placid, this trail is rated as moderate and is one of the easier set of high peaks to take on. Killing two birds with one stone, this hike will cross multiple high peaks off your long list of 46.
6. Prospect Mountain Trail
A wonderful spot to visit during New York's months of foliage, this mountain is a good place to start if you're new to hiking. Although the top of this mountain can be accessed by car, our exploring hearts would much rather take the scenic route on our way up. This nearly 3-mile out and back trail is located right near Lake George and is considered a fairly easy hike.
7. Giant Mountain to Rocky Peak Ridge Trail
One of the longer hiking destinations to tackle on our list, this 9 mile point-to-point trail will leave your legs feeling like jello! Rated as difficult, this is another hiking spot in the Adirondack High Peaks where you can knock off multiple spots in one trip. The first stretch of this trail will avidly remind you why these mountains are high peaks, but also offers up several lookouts along the way that will leave you breathless and encouraged to reach the top!
8. Sam's Point
This amazingly rewarding hike will give you memories to last you a lifetime! Now apart of Minnewaska State Park Preserve, this hike offers tons of outdoor activities nearby in the park, easily making it the most splendid place to enjoy a day of unique exploring. From cooling ice caves to a nearly 200-foot drop waterfall, this hiking spot is a must-see.
9. Hunter Mountain Trail
Located near West Kill, this 7-mile out and back trail is recommended for those who are more experienced. Featuring a functioning fire tower that allows you to reach even greater heights, this mountain maintains a relatively steady incline for most of the way up.
10. Hurricane Mountain Trail
With an elevation of 3,678 feet, this nearly 6-mile out and back trail in Keene Valley doesn't quite make the list of High Peaks. Named after it's incredibly winding trails going up the mountain, the summit offers wonderful views of the surrounding area and some of the High Peaks.
11. Vroman's Nose Trail
Another easy hiking spot to check out on our list, this 1.4 mile loop found near Middleburgh offers up beautiful views of rural New York. A great place to bring your whole family, this trail is also dog friendly and is accessible most of the year.
12. Saint Regis Mountain
Another one of the Saranac 6, this hike starts off with a relaxing stroll through New York's beautifully wooded land. The mostly exposed summit provides stunning views of our amazing state and even has a fire tower, although the bottom half of the staircase has been removed during renovative years and is no longer accessible.
Have you ever explored any of these amazing hiking spots in New York? Which one was your ultimate favorite?