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Olympic region and upstate New York. Keene and Keene Valley are known as the "Home
to the High Peaks". The
greatest number of high peaks in the Adirondacks (in a single location) rise majestically
in the Keene/Keene Valley Region making this area a meca for hikers, climbers
and other visitors who wish to experience the remarkable beauty
the Adirondack mountains.
There are literally hundreds of trail heads located
in the tiny hamlet of Keene including the trail to the summit of Mt. Marcy, the
highest mountain in New York State.
Adirondacks offer some of the best hiking, camping and recreation opportunities
in the northeastern United States. The hills are big; it is known as the High
Peaks region, Mt. Marcy reaches 5,344 ft, Algonquin is 5,114 ft, and there are
more than 40 peaks over 4000 ft tall so the hiking can be challenging but the
views that you get while ascending, and while standing on the summits are well
worth the effort.
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is the highest mountain in the Adirondack with 5344 feet. Marcy is located in
the middle of the High Peaks Region. This mountain must be seen from a very close
location to be able to admire its beauty. Three of the major accesses to the Adirondack
region make possible a day hike to it. The shortest approach start at Heart Lake
and follows in and out the Van Hoevenberg Trail. This is a 23,75 km hike that
takes an average of 7˝ hours. The easiest way to shorten this distance is to camp
at Marcy Dam. This will cut 7,3 km to the distance. Marcy Dam is a rustic camping
area. It takes an hour of walk to get there from Heart Lake.
Saddleback Mt. is named for its two peaks with a small valley. It is located between
Gothics and Basin Mt. in the Great Range. The East side trail of Saddleback offers
great views of the Gothics. The West side trail traverses a very steep rock cliff
unique in its style in the Adirondacks. This rock cliff is very steep and ropes
may be needed for safe passage.
This is one of the most popular summit of the Adirondacks. The two
main trails are at 1 km (Roaring Brook Trail) and at 3 km (Ridge
Trail) South from St-Hubert. The Ridge Trail is the most spectacular
one with from the middle of its height a long bare rock section
with many viewpoints toward the West over the Dix Range, The Great
Range, Mt. Marcy, Algonquin Peak and up to Cascade Mt.. This trail
difficulty is similar to the one of Algonquin Peak from Heart Lake.
They have similar length and high. The beginning of the Ridge Trail
is very steep whereas the one of Algonquin Peak is very progressive.
The second most popular approach is the Roaring Brook Trail that
passes a side trail leading to a waterfall (Roaring Brook Falls)
then follows a ridge with some viewpoints to the summit. It is possible
to make a long loop using those two trails.
This mountain peak is one of the most remote of the high peaks and is located
just South of Mt. Marcy. It has a very distinctive round shape and it's summit
is almost flat and as big as a football field. The South approach from Upper Works
is the easiest one to get there in one day.
One of the most
popular summits of the Adirondacks with Algonquin Peak and Giant Mt.. It's the
easiest hike among the 4,000 feet summit. Cascade Mt. has a 360 degree view from
its large rocky top. There is a magnificent view to the North of the entire Lake
Placid Valley. The entire hike is in a wooden trail except for the last ˝ km,
which is on bare rock. This summit stands apart from the other High Peaks, so
there is no view over those highest summits that are Mt. Marcy, Mt. Colden or
A small summit
from the list of those over 4,000 feet but its half open summit has one of the
best views in the Adirondack. Over 10 km of the trail is on flat or low grade
ground. The whole hike is 14 km long.
This summit is part of the Pinnacle
Ridge just after Mt. Colvin in the Upper Ausable Lake region. This is a tree-covered
summit with a viewpoint between the trees to the South at Elk Lake. Even if the
trail that leads there from Mt. Colvin is a marked trail, it looks more like a
herd path than like a regular maintained trail. They are many very steep sections
that might be easier to pass with help of a ladder or a rope.
is the second highest mountain in the Adirondack at 5114 feet. It's also one of
the three most popular ones with Cascade Mt. and Giant Mt.. It takes less than
three hours to hike up and less than 2,5 hours to hike down for a 13 km over all
distance from Heart Lake.
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The 46 High Peaks
High Peaks Region is famous for its magnificant
Maps of the Adirondack Mountains
High Peaks Region
peaks including Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in New york State,
with an elevation of 5344' .The 46 peaks include the following mountains
(listed in order of height):
Mt. Marcy, Algonquin Peak, Mt. Haystack, Mt. Skylight, Whiteface
Mtn,Dix Mtn. , Gray Peak, Iroquois Peak , Basin Mtn., Gothics, Mt.
Colden, Giant Mtn., Nippletop, Santanoni Peak, Mt. Redfield, Wright
Peak, Saddleback Mtn., Panther Peak, Tabletop Mtn., Rocky Peak Ridge,
Macomb Mtn., Armstrong Mtn. ,Hough Peak, Seward Mtn., Mt. Marshall,
Allen Mtn., Big Slide Mtn., Esther Mtn. , Upper Wolfjaw, Lower Wolfjaw
, Street Mtn., Phelps Mtn., Mt. Donaldson, Seymour Mtn., Sawteeth,
Cascade Mtn., South Dix, Porter Mtn., Mt. Colvin, Mt. Emmons, Dial
Mtn., East Dix, Blake, Cliff Mtn., Nye Mtn., and Couchsachraga Peak.
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Village of Lake Placid
Nestled in the High Peaks
High Peaks Region is home to the Olympic Village of Lake Placid hosting the 1932
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Peaks Region offers visitors a rich variety of historic, artistic and cultural
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Placid's Olympic attractions include famous Whiteface Mountain, boasting the greatest
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photographer Carl Heilman II has lived in the Adirondacks in upstate
New York since he moved to the region in 1973 to live in his parents'
summer home. Carl Heilman II has been photographing the Adirondack
wilderness landscape since 1975, working to capture on film both
the grandeur of these special places, and the emotional and spiritual
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By photographer- Carl Heilman
Carl Heilman's passion for spending as much time as possible in some
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photographs and panoramas are also available as posters, murals, and
special edition prints. His selection of Adirondack posters includes
a pair of panoramic posters that show the full 360° view from the
summit of Mt. Marcy, and a panoramic image of the spectacular fall
foliage and the High Peaks from Mt. Van Hoevenberg. Each winter, as
a NYS licensed guide, he leads backcountry snowshoeing workshops at
the Mountainfest in Keene Valley, and has lead them for the Adirondack
Mountain Club at the Adirondak Loj near Lake Placid,
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