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The Saranac Lake 6er Hiking Challenge: Hike Around the Lake

6er logo patch

The Village of Saranac Lake and the Saranac Lake 6er Challenge invite you to you to climb the 6 Adirondack mountains that surround Saranac Lake.

The 6er Mountains include:

  • McKenzie - 10 mi | 2221' Ascent | 3822' Elevation
  • Ampersand - 5.4 mi | 1775' Ascent | 3353' Elevation
  • Scarface - 6.8 mi | 1480' Ascent | 3054' Elevation
  • Haystack - 6.6 mi | 1302' Ascent | 2864' Elevation
  • St. Regis - 6.6 mi | 1266' Ascent | 2874' Elevation
  • Baker* - 1.8 mi | 884' Ascent | 2452' Elevation

* Starting at Baker Mountain trailhead no longer counts for the 6er program. To earn a 6er title, one must start and end their Baker Mountain summit (on foot) from the 6er bell, located in Berkeley Green Park. 


  • You may complete the 6er challenge in as much time as you like. If it takes months, years, even decades, you can still be a 6er
  • All 6 peaks must be climbed on or after May 25, 2013
  • Hikers can become Ultra 6ers by summiting all six peaks in 24 hours
  • Hikers can become Winter 6ers by climbing the peaks during the winter season
  • No biking
  • No boating
  • Obey all NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) rules
  • Obey all traffic rules
  • No trespassing
  • Use proper trail etiquette - "Leave-No-Trace"
  • Always call DEC Emergency Dispatch in case of emergency: 518-891-0235
  • Know your limits and weather conditions

Once a hiker has finished this challenge, they must register online and pay the $15 registration fee. All the information, including start and finish times for each mountain, must be completed.

In return, hikers receive their 6er swag: a patch, sticker, member number, and bragging rights - plus they get to ring the traditional 6er bell!

Register here for the challenge.

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