The Saranac Lake 6


The highest peak of the six. It is visible from many locations in Saranac Lake and is easily recognized due to its two-peak shape. Views from the top are extensive, from Whiteface Mountain to the north to Mount Marcy to the south. A ledge to the west of the trail offers views of the village of Saranac Lake and the three Saranac lakes spread out beyond.

Distance: 10.6 miles round-trip

Ascent: 2,221 feet

Elevation: 3,822 feet


The bald summit offers a stunning 360-degree view, from the bold face of the Seward Range to the more distant High Peaks to the Saranac lakes below. And there’s this added bonus: Across state Route 3 from the trailhead and down a half-mile trail is a crescent-shaped beach on Middle Saranac Lake, perfect for a post-climb swim.

Distance: 5.4 miles round-trip

Ascent: 1,775 feet

Elevation: 3,353 feet


The first half of this trail follows old roads over relatively flat terrain through coniferous forest and past rippling brooks. Eventually the trail begins a steady climb. Side trails lead to an open ledge with views overlooking Oseetah Lake and the Saranac Lake chain. The other views on the trail require some bushwhacking, and the summit itself does not offer a view.

Distance: 6.8 miles round-trip

Ascent: 1,480 feet

Elevation: 3,054 feet

St. Regis

A relatively short, steep climb to the summit yields magnificent views in nearly all directions. McKenzie and the High Peaks can be seen to the south. Directly below is a stunning expanse of lakes and ponds within the St. Regis Canoe Area. The summit also has an abandoned fire tower.

Distance: 6.6 miles round-trip

Ascent: 1,266 feet

Elevation: 2,874 feet


Not to be confused with the High Peak Haystack, the third highest mountain in New York state, this one is in Ray Brook and offers a friendlier climb. A pleasant woods walk with a final steep climb leads to an open rock face and ledge. There are 180-degree views of Whiteface, the High Peaks and the Saranac lake chain.

Distance: 6.6 miles round-trip

Ascent: 1,302 feet

Elevation: 2,864 feet


An excellent family hike, right in the village of Saranac Lake. A series of lookouts provide spectacular views of Saranac Lake, Lake Flower, and the High Peaks to the east. This amazing little peak looks out to more than 20 major mountains.

Distance: 1.8 miles round-trip

Ascent: 884 feet

Elevation: 2,452 feet

(Source: Saranac Lake 6ers website)