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A Beginner's Guide to Adirondack Hiking

Whether you're new to hiking or haven't been in awhile, this guide is for you! Before you grab your pack and head for the mountains read on what to know before you go below regarding what to pack, what to wear, trails excellent for those just starting out, and more. You can also opt to work with an experienced hiking guide service.

kids hiking
There are many great hiking options for beginners who want to enjoy the amazing views of the Adirondacks while staying within their ability level.
hiker wearing backpack
Packing a backpack is one of the most important steps to take before hiking. Check out some suggestions on what to pack.
man drinking from water bottle, son on back
Every new hiker is bound to make some mistakes, but let us help you avoid some of the most common rookie errors.
group on a mountain summit
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.
black mountain sign
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!
water bottle in a backpack
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!
compass and map
Learn map and compass basics so you can navigate yourself to safety if you become disoriented or lost in the woods.
trailhead sign
When it comes to hiking, be safe instead of sorry. Follow simple safety tips, like signing in at the trailhead, to keep yourself safe.
view from summit of whiteface mountain
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.