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A Beginner's Guide To Adirondack Hiking

Editor's Note: Please follow the DEC and CDC guidelines to adhere to social distancing while hiking and recreating outdoors during this public health crisis. Hikers are asked to stick to trails close to home and only hike with immediate household family members. Read more from the DEC »

Whether you're new to hiking or haven't been in awhile, this guide is for you! One of the advantages to hiking in the Adirondacks is that the region has a mixture of hikes that can match a variety of experience and ability levels.

Before you grab your pack and head for the hills, read through the features below. They'll point out the best hikes for beginners, cover map and compass basics, and will even tell you what expert hikers wish they knew when they were first starting out. Once you understand the essentials, you're ready to hit the trail! You can also opt to work with an experienced hiking guide service who can lead you on your first hike in the Adirondacks.

There are many great hiking options for beginners who want to enjoy the amazing views of the Adirondacks while staying within their ability level.
Packing a backpack is one of the most important steps to take before hiking. Check out some suggestions on what to pack.
Every new hiker is bound to make some mistakes, but let us help you avoid some of the most common rookie errors.
If you're a beginner hiker, enlist the help of an experienced Adirondack hiking guide service to make sure your hike is fun and stress-free.
Not sure which hike to choose? Our simple infographic will break down what you're looking for in a hike and will find a suitable trail!
Hiking in the Adirondacks for the first time? Learn from our mistakes when you read these 10 things we wish we knew when we started hiking!
Learn map and compass basics so you can navigate yourself to safety if you become disoriented or lost in the woods.
When it comes to hiking, be safe instead of sorry. Follow simple safety tips, like signing in at the trailhead, to keep yourself safe.
If you've mastered the basics and are ready to take it to the next level, check out the rest of our Hiking Guide for more hikes and resources.

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