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Best trails in Keene Valley

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Looking for a great trail near Keene Valley, New York? AllTrails has 69 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Philo State Park or Niquette Bay State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Blue Mountain Wild Forest or Hurricane Mountain Wilderness. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 56 hard trails in Keene Valley ranging from 3.4 to 28.3 miles and from 987 to 5,334 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Keene Valley
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#1 - Giant Mountain Peak via Ridge Trail
Giant Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 4 h 26 m
You can also access Rocky Peak Ridge by taking a right turn (east) at the top of Giant Mountain Peak. There is also a nearby trail leading up that way (see nearby trails). Although dogs are allowed to use this trail, users have reported that the scrambling can be difficult for them.Show more
#2 - Big Slide Mountain via The Brothers
High Peaks Wilderness
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 5 h 11 m
A fantastic hike with great High Peaks views, elevation gain, rock scrambling, and a well marked trail. This is a real gem. The Brothers Path is a rocky ridge for the first 1.5 miles. Then the ascent to Big Slide Peak. A local favorite and staple in the High Peaks area. Parking will definitely fill up on weekends, and hikers will need to park 3 miles down the road and pay for a shuttle. Well worth the cost (start early to get a parking space!!).Show more
#3 - Phelps Mountain Trail
High Peaks Wilderness
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 43 m
This is one of the High Peaks that goes from the Adirondack Loj to the top of Phelps at 4,160 feet. Although the summit is wooded there are spectacular views spanning from the Great Range all the way to Algonquin with the state high point, Mt. Marcy, framed in the center. You'll want to take some time at the top for photos.Show more
#4 - Bear Den Trail to Dial Mountain and Nippletop
Dix Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 12.7 mi • Est. 7 h 54 m
A strenuous hike via the Leach Trail that will take you over Bear Den, Dial (ADK High Peak @ 4020') and Nippletop (ADK High Peak 4620') returning via Elk Pass. Excellent trail experience and views. This hike can be done in either direction via Leach (long, steady up) or Elk Pass (short, very steep up). The views from Bear Den are limited although there is an outcrop just past the "peak" that can be climbed and offers some nice views. Dial offers very nice views of the Great Range as well as Blake and Colvin. The trail from Dial to Nippletop follows the ridge and is an enjoyable walk with a very limited decent/ascent. The views from Nippletop into the Great Range and down through Elk Lake are breathtaking. The hike back down Elk Pass is very steep so take your time and then enjoy the walk along the river on your way back out. Beware that no dogs are allowed and this restriction is strictly enforced. The parking is across the highway from the Roaring Brook access to Giant Mt. and is at the southerly of the two junctions of Rt. 73 and Ausable Rd. (not "Ausable Club Rd.") On a busy weekend, you will likely have to park on the highway. From the parking area, walk 1/2-mile up the road past a golf course. Just before reaching he large clubhouse, turn left and down between two tennis courts to the gate house and trail register. Although the Adirondack Mountain Reserve is private land, it is open to the public for hiking.Show more
#5 - Gothics via Pyramid Peak
Adirondack Mountain Reserve
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Length: 16.4 mi • Est. 8 h 36 m
Please note that sections of this trail have been reported washed out and very difficult to scramble over. The trail starts at the AMR (Ausable Club), and is relatively flat for 3.5 miles or so. You end up at Lower Ausable Lake and split off and cross the Ausable River and continue up on the A.W Weld Trail to the saddle between Sawteeth & Pyramid Peak. Bear right at this junction to continue to Pyramid Peak & Gothics. Very steep towards second half of the Weld Trail and the final ascent to Pyramid Peak.Show more
#6 - Rooster Comb Trail
High Peaks Wilderness
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 3 h 18 m
Views from the summit ledge and Valley View Ledge complete a 360 degree panorama of Mt. Marcy and the Johns Brook Valley plus Giant Mt. and the Ausable Valley. The trail offers mostly good footing and is a good choice early in the season or when it is wet. This 2.5 mile ascent is over easy to moderate terrain. Starting from the trailhead in Keene Valley you will hike over a long wooden bridge to the trail register before hiking past a small pond to your right which is located behind the Keene Central School. As you move away from the pond the trail climbs steadily to a junction with one of the routes to Snow Mountain Trail at 0.7 mi. Bear right and continue a steady climb but never steep climb to another junction at 2.0 mi. (Straight ahead leads to Hedgehog and Lower Wolf Jaw. Left is an alternate return, which also connects to Snow Mt.) Turning right, the trail climbs to the crest of the ridge and a junction at 2.2 mi. Right is the 0.1 mi. side trail to Valley View Ledge. Left is the trail to the summit, which is reached after a few steeper pitches at 2.5 mi.Show more
#7 - Noonmark Mountain Trail
Dix Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 46 m
A wonderful loop hike up a steep mountain for great views towards the Great Range of the High Peaks. This is a short but steep climb up a smaller peak in the Adirondack High Peaks region that is known for its spectacular views of the Great Range. This hike can be done in any season although in winter crampons are needed for the rocky summit. If it is nice out bring a camera! This loop is a combination of the Stimson Trail, Felix Adler, and the Old Dix Trail.Show more
#8 - Upper and Lower Wolfjaw Trail
Adirondack Mountain Reserve
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 7 h 2 m
Crampons, snowshoes or spikes highly recommended.Show more
#9 - Big Slide Yard Mountain Loop Trail
High Peaks Wilderness
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 6 h 43 m
Big Slide can be done as an out & back (via The Brothers) accessed by John's Brook in Keane Valley or can be done as a loop (which is longer). From the parking lot you will start climbing immediately up a steady course to an attractive brook crossing. Past this point you will climb steeply to the amazing views from the 1st Brother. After a short descent you will climb steeply again up the slopes of the 2nd Brother and gain even more amazing views. Past the 2nd Brother you will drop into an open valley and start a much longer and steadier climb to the mostly wooded summit of the 3rd Brother. After another descent you will climb much more moderately to the second route, outlined below. From this intersection the trail becomes its steepest as you make the final push to the summit, where some of the best views in the NE can be awarded. (The trail continues over the top to Yard Mt. and another possible loop that includes Johns Brook Lodge.) For the most common loop, return to the base of the steep climbing and continue straight on a trail that eventually crosses Slide Mt. Brook several times before reaching the Johns Brook Trail. Turn left, and then left again at the trail register. After a brief climb from the register, the trail is mostly down to the Garden parking area. This return is 1.5 miles longer than returning over the Brothers.Show more
#10 - Johns Brook Trail
High Peaks Wilderness
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 56 m
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