Baker Mountain, located near Saranac Lake, NY, is one of the best family hikes in the Adirondacks.
From the intersection of Routes 73 and 86 in Lake Placid, take Route 86 toward Saranac Lake. Continue 6.5 miles until you reach McKenzie Pond Road on the right. Turn onto McKenzie Pond Road, and you'll reach a railroad crossing after 3 miles. Bear right and cross the tracks onto Pine Street. Continue to Forest Hill Avenue (Moody Pond Road) on the right, and after half a mile, the Baker Mountain Trailhead will be on your left.
The Baker Mountain hike is short and easy, just a 1.8 mile round trip. The climb begins almost instantly from Moody Pond, so the trail is somewhat steep. The trail splits into two loops - left is less difficult, right is steep with ledges. Both routes lead to Baker's summit, where you will get spectacular views of the Village of Saranac Lake, McKenzie Mountain, and the Adirondack High Peaks.
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