Fall has arrived in the Adirondacks, and what’s better than a hike to see the beautiful foliage? The High Peaks Wilderness is always a popular destination, and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) expects the peaks to see a lot of hikers this season. If you’d like to hike a more private peak with the same great foliage views, then pick one of these hidden gems!
For an enjoyable hiking trip away from the most popular high peaks, the DEC recommends the following 12 hikes:
- Rocky Peak
- Baxter Mountain
- Owl’s Head Lookout
- The Crows
- Whiteface Mountain
- Scarface Mountain
- Copperas & Owen Ponds
- Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain
- Catamount Mountain
- Silver Lake Mountain
- Bear Den Mountain
- Cobble Lookout
- Clements Pond
All 12 of these hikes offer a similar experience as hiking one of the more popular high peaks. Not only will you receive great foliage views, but since they’re lesser-known, you’ll be able to appreciate the natural surroundings.
The reason the DEC recommends an alternate hike this fall is because the popularity of the Adirondack High Peaks has led to an increase in hiking traffic recently.The DEC has noted that hiking trails in the Eastern High Peaks to the Dix Range and Giant Mountain get extremely crowded during autumn weekends.
Many hikers visit the High Peaks for the challenge, the views, or the coveted distinction of “46er.” However, when there are a lot of hikers at one peak, safety becomes a concern, as well as the amount of damage being done to the trails.
To help keep hikers and the high peaks safe, the DEC will turn people away if parking lots at the trailheads are full. Instead of traveling to a popular peak this fall, plan on trying an alternate hike!
Which hidden gems would you add to the list?