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Adirondack Mountain Hiking Challenges

Push Yourself To The Limit

hiker carrying bundle of rope standing on top of a flat rock

These challenges will test your abilities, your stamina, and your commitment to the sport of hiking.

Of these challenges, the 46er dares you to climb the most mountains while the Cranberry Lake 50 challenges you to hike long distances. The Fire Tower Challenge and the Saranac Lake 6er both include fewer peaks than the 46er, and they guarantee different landscapes, like the views you'll get of vintage fire towers and Saranac Lake.

Research the challenges with our guide below and then get out there and do it!

46er patch The Adirondack Forty-Sixers

To complete this difficult challenge, summit all 46 High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains.

cranberry lake patch The Cranberry Lake 50

To conquer this challenge, hike the 50 mile loop around Cranberry Lake - the third largest lake in the Adirondacks - over multiple days or seasons.

fire tower patch logo The Fire Tower Challenge

To be a Fire Tower Challenge member, climb peaks topped with vintage fire towers in the Adirondacks and the Catskills.

6er patch logo The Saranac Lake 6er

To finish this challenge, you must climb all 6 of the Adirondack mountains surrounding Saranac Lake.

chester challenge logo The Chester Challenge

The Chester Challenge is a family-friendly hiking challenge that focuses on the lesser known trails in the Town of Chester.

small 12ster logo The Lake George 12ster Challenge

The Lake George 12ster is a Lake George Region hiking challenge. Hikers are challenged to summit peaks on the east and west side of the lake.

moriah patchThe Moriah Challenge

The Moriah Challenge is a seasonal hiking challenge based around the Moriah/Port Henry area in the Adirondacks and features four family friendly hikes.

tiny patch for the 4321 challengeThe 4-3-2-1

The 4-3-2-1 is a customizable hiking challenge based around Indian Lake, NY. Participants must choose a combination of easy, moderate, and difficult hikes.

tiny patch for the fulton chain challengeThe Fulton Chain Trifecta

The Fulton Chain Trifecta is a hiking challenge centered in the Old Forge, NY area. Hikers must climb Black Bear Mountain, Rocky Mountain, and Bald Mountain.

logo for adk 6 packADK 6 Pack

To complete the ADK 6 Pack challenge, hikers must visit 6 local breweries that have been paired with 6 mountains across the Adirondack Park.

logo for adk 6 packNorthville-Placid Trail Challenge

To complete the Northville-Placid Trail challenge, hikers must complete the enter 135-mile trail either in one trip from end-to-end, or in sections.

logo for adk 6 packThe Waterfall Challenge

To complete the Waterfall Challenge, hikers must collect a total of 12 points after visiting several waterfalls, each of which count as 1 to 4 points.

logo for ADK blue challengeThe Adirondack Blue Challenge

To complete the Adirondack Blue Challenge, hikers must hike a total of 10 mountains in the northern Adirondacks.


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