Explore the most popular rock climbing trails in Adirondack Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike, good family hike.

Breathtaking views at the summit and several points on the way up as well. The trail is clearly marked and well traveled. Steady uphill climb with some rocky parts to keep it interesting. I went to see the fall foliage and was not disappointed in the slightest!

5 days ago

Beginner hiker. Was a challenging but doable climb. We walked from Hotel Saranac to the trailhead, ascended the unmarked trail (left) and descended on the marked (right), and back to the hotel topping out around 4 miles. Including about 30 mins at the summit finished the mountain itself it about 2.5 hours. Nice views from the top but a little blocked by trees at summit - still a rewarding view. Encouraged me to try for Saranac 6ers!

6 days ago

Great hike shorter hike.

6 days ago

Nice day hike today up Baxter. Many switchbacks and a relatively easy trail. Good trail to run up or down. Nice views but had some cloud cover and flurries. Foliage just past peak but still nice color!

7 days ago

Very family and dog friendly trail. A couple of scrambles but nothing too difficult. Well maintained with great views at and near summit.

Always enjoy this hike any time of year except spring but only because the black flies will eat you alive.

the leaves and recent rain made this steep trail very slippery in spots but the view was beautiful.

This was our 2nd Fire Tower and our favorite so far. We brought along our friends, so we had 2 five year olds, who handled it fine. This was the steepest fire tower we have done yet, but there are plenty of cool spots along the trail to stop, take a break, and explore.

View is fantastic. Make sure that you take the foot path to the right when you are at the summit to go over the the balancing rock.


Nice hike to the top, Did it in about a hour!! Beautiful views love fall!!

10 days ago

Beautiful hike that is a short but decent workout. Took us as about 1 1/2 hours but we stayed at the top and watched the sun set which was incredible and I highly recommend! Of course we needed head lamps by the time we got near the bottom of the trail. Highly recommend in fall!

11 days ago

I agree with earlier assessments of the trail being easy. It definitely is suitable for most everyone. The only exception is a 20-30 yard section of bare rock that I found challenging. Not that it was physically challenging so much as it was emotionally challenging. We hiked Baker this past Saturday and reached that area of rock just as it was beginning to lightly rain. There was some scrambling needed and I will admit I was afraid of sliding from the pine needles and wet dirt clinging to the rocks and slide myself right over the edge lol. There is a modest risk of serious injury if you’re not careful.

If you’re thinking I’m being too generous about the trail being easy, let me also add that we saw at least 100 people on trail. I’m thinking closer to 150. Kids, seniors, dogs. All at varying levels of fitness. We took our time so I could take photos and managed the loop in 1h45m total time.

For those who think the trail isn’t a loop it’s because you didn’t go left soon enough. It’s near the start. We missed the turn too, but it didn’t matter as the trail was very easy. Also, going down the other side of the loop from the summit is not easy to figure out either because it isn’t marked. I think we started off right but turned back because we weren’t sure.

Great hike with great views from many ledges.

We complete this mountain every year, the view always takes your breath away, never gets old.

16 days ago

very nice, did with the family and it took me a while as I'm new at hiking. We did the trail with 6 kids, 2 dogs and 4 adults!

20 days ago

Fantastic hike - don’t be deterred by the moderate classification. Our family had no trouble and their was limited scrambling on an otherwise straightforward and easy hike. All told it was about 1:40:00 to climb, spend time at the peak, and walk down. The vista just before the summit was great. The summit itself was just ok.

It was amazing!!

Easy and beautiful hike!
Took us around 3 hours with long stops.
Amazing summit view and all along the way, highly recommend!

24 days ago

Definitely not an easy trail, more like moderate. Lots of rocks, roots and pretty steep. Seems like longer than 1.9 miles. Beautiful views right before summit!

Great hike. Very nice views of the high peaks.

26 days ago

SO FUN! Awesome hike for ANYONE! quick, easy, & the pay off is tops in the view department.

Always a great hike with a wonderful view of the Adk and Lake Champlain.

this should be rated a moderate hike, not an easy one. It is a relatively steep uphill all the way, more so towards the top. But the terrain is beautiful and the views very nice. Most important thing to note is that the map shows it as a circular Trail. It is not. You go up to the Vista and back. There may be a circular trail but it isn't marked, so is the safer to Simply go back down the way you came up.

Part of the fire tower challenge. Quiet hiking day as no one else had logged in. Short hike with enough incline to make you work. Nice views limited by the low cloud cover. Interesting “Rock puzzle” just off of the trail and boulder at the top.

1 month ago

Did this on 8/18/18. Nice new trail work, lots of information and clearly marked paths. Easy, quick hike to the top and the fire tower was open with a steward available for questions. It was VERY busy. Lots of large groups, lots of families with kids (kid-friendly hike), but also a large group of 20 or so people. Due to popularity I probably would not return unless it was off season.

on Chimney Mountain Trail

1 month ago

Fantastic hike! Roots, rocks, earth underfoot. Not difficult other than steadily steep with a few level parts. Take your time, it is a short hike and well worth the effort. Incredible views. Rock formations atop are incredible! This spot is a false summit as there is a trail heading out to the real summit which has a 360 view. We opted out this time. Wish we did not but there’s always tomorrow!

amazing view. pretty steep in some spots but it's totally worth it.

Thought be more rock scrabble .. decent trail condition nice view

Great for a quick, less-than-half-day hike. The 'Easy' rating is most likely due to how short it is - the immediate and generally consistent steepness of the trail makes it a bit tough in the moment, but it really is over quite quickly. Excellent views of Saranac Lake and surrounding mountains, so it's great for just sitting at the top for a while if you're not in a hurry.

Awesome,it’s a must go to. Definitely recommend this hike

Hiked up on 6/1/18 and camped until 6/3/18. Lots of caterpillars at the top but it was a nice hike with beautiful views!

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