Explore the most popular forest trails near Saranac Lake with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Did this last year with my 4 year old son - definitely more moderate because of rock scrambling, although short - we needed more bug spray as the way down follows a stream!

hiking
3 days ago

Last of the Saranac 6 complete! Saved it for last because we figured it would be easiest. After doing 3 others over the past day the hike was a little more than I expected. The trail on the right as you go up is pretty steep. Some nice views at the top - ran down the other trail on the way back down to see it was much more gradual.

Nice hike but a bit crowded on a Saturday! Views were nice in 2 directions.

Got to the parking at 7:30 AM on a perfect Friday morning. I recommend the early start. By 9:30 I had the spectacular summit to myself! Loved this mountain. Definitely challenging for that last half mile. More climbing than hiking particularly at the end. 2nd of the Saranac 6 for me.

9:30am start with a clear shot to the top on an overcast (by beautiful) day. Just pretend you’re going to spend an hour on the Stairmaster, and you’ll be fine

Moderate is a better description of this hike. Fine views but pretty grown in. Already starting to get crowded by 9. 1 of 6!

hiking
10 days ago

This hike is definitely not easy. It is moderate for sure.

The view at the top is beyond beautiful but the hike up is tough! My boyfriend and I are not avid hikers but we are athletes so we thought we would be able to do it pretty easily. Well, it took us 90 minutes to get up.. maybe more and we took a lot of water and resting breaks. The first 1.9 miles are fine but the last .5 up are hard. A lot of rocks. You need to wear hiking shoes because Nikes were not supportive and we were slipping everywhere. We got there at 7:30 and we were one of the first ones up which was special. Definitely an amazing workout and like I said, the views and the big rock up top were phenomenal!

BUG SPRAY IS A MUST. OVER 30 BITES BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE

We took the right fork and the trail was steep. The view at the top was nice for short hike. There were cool wild life like frogs, quails and unfortunately mosquitoes.

hiking
14 days ago

The trail starts very easy: a walk in a forest for about 3 km. The last 3 km are pretty steep, lots if climbing on cliffs. Advise for people with dogs: i saw some dogs blocked on the way down because they were afraid to jump off cliffs.
Beautiful view on top.

Amazing view at the top. The steep side is just that...steep. Our family hiked this with our dogs. Beautiful sights...lots of wildlife. Saw lots of frogs, amazing rock formations and some deer. If not up for a challenge, take the left trail up.

hiking
16 days ago

My first mountain, think I’m hooked. Great hike, no bugs today, incredibly views towards saranac/flower lakes. Easy bike ride from town to trailhead, had a great hike.

hiking
16 days ago

This is a doozy, but the 360 degree views on the top are worth it! We arrived at 7:30 AM on a Tuesday and had the trail to ourselves all the way up. We passed LOTS of people on the way back down though. This hike is hard work and feels further than 2.7 miles up (that’s the mileage on the trailhead sign), but slow and steady is the way to go.

Great trail. Definitely steep uphill but good workout. Some scrambling near the top but do—able for anyone in good shape and who is comfortable with scrambling. Views from the top were fantastic

This trail was innocuous at first, with the first part of it fairly flat... then came the climb. It was like climbing steep stairs! But when you finally get to the top, it was breathtaking. I pulled my shoes off and went along the rock face. There were pools of water up there too that were refreshing to my bare feet. The streams on the way up and down were essential to staying refreshed and cool, so take advantage of them!

Hiked this today with my 14-year-old son. We are both in considerable shape, but the last mile is absolutely 40 to 50% grade. Both of our legs were burning and we wondering if the summit was worth it. Once we got up there it definitely was. There’s a 360° view of the Adirondack mountains. If the weather is a bit cloudy may have trouble seeing the surrounding area but on a clear day it is amazing. Very glad that we chose this one.

Not a loop, mowed path that is easily followed but ends at both ends at dirt roads. Couldn’t find the loop. Would not suggest this hike unless you are staying in Kiwassa lake and can walk back to your car/cabin on one of the roads.

hiking
22 days ago

I haven't found this trail interesting. Too crowdy. There are no good views. The trail is covered.

The trail was easy to follow except a couple of spots near the summit where it looked like others had taken alternate routes, although all seemed to converge back to the same point. Definitely a workout once the trail starts to climb. The spectacular view from the summit is well worth the effort.

hiking
23 days ago

Good hike, peaceful. Trail is very well beaten down and well marked. once you get to the first lookout to the right continue up to another outlook on the right. If you look hard enough above this 2nd lookout there are some deer path trails that lead you out to the other side of the summit with a small outlook. A lot of mosquitoes, so bring plenty of bug spray!

24 days ago

it is ranked as easy. however the term is used loosely. If you need help walking, don't do this trail. It can be steep, if your out of shape...it may take longer.
your HR will increase. The trail is marked and has lots of tourists. The trail can be done in about an 1 hr, which includes the ascent and descent. Bring water and enjoy the view.
This is my second time on the trail, it is enjoyable.

hiking
25 days ago

This was an awesome hike, with beyond amazing views at the summit. My husband and I used this hike as a workout and were able to summit in 1 hour 10 minutes, but wow that was a bit tough! A ton of rock stairs that will get your quads burning. We hiked this on 7/21 and started at 0900, I recommend an early start because when we arrived back down at the trailhead it was packed!

backpacking
27 days ago

Great hike pretty steep the last mile but view is worth it

Walked in from parking on McKenzie Pond Rd. Very pleasant, largely flat walk. Bugs were out in force but the trail was pretty dry. Lots of raspberries. Beautiful view of the lake. The fork to the left for the lake at about 1.8 miles in is easier to see coming from this direction.

hiking
29 days ago

Great little hike, especially when you don’t have a lot of time to do some of the longer mountain trails. It gets right to the climb without a long intro/flat woods walk. Nice view at the top overlooking the town.

Amazing views

hiking
1 month ago

This is a beautiful trail. I highly recommend this trail for all levels of hikers, especially those who want to get back into hiking. The trail has some steep, challenging parts to keep it interesting; and as always, the views are incredible.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike a week ago while visiting Saranac Lake. A nice hike to stretch the legs and get the heart rate up a little, but not strenuous. Afforded nice views of the town and lakes and a different perspective from the high peaks.

Perfect morning hike. Some steep rocky patches, but worth the climb for the amazing views. 3 hrs round trip plus time to enjoy to top

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