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4 Family-Friendly Adirondack Mountain Trails to Hike This Summer

Hiking the Adirondack mountains in the summer is magical. There’s still the crispness in the air that exists year-round, but it’s warmer and a bit more welcoming. Folks who travel here and locals alike love these mountains because they’re filled with history, beauty, and they give us a gentle reminder to slow down. To take it all in one breath at a time. 

So if you’ve got a summer vacation planned this year with your family, we recommend one (or all!) of these hikes along the Adirondack mountains. Everyone in the family can enjoy what these hikes have to offer, whether you’ve got a little one hiking with you or one strapped to your back, these hikes for kids and families in the Adirondacks are a great day trip! 

Summer Hiking Tips 

Before we jump into where let’s focus on the what. Safety is always important so being prepared for your hikes in the Adirondacks can ensure the best time for you and your hiking buddies. 

1. Copperas Pond 

source: https://www.lakeplacid.com/story/2012/09/hiking-copperas-pond-trail

Easy Hike

Copperas Pond is a one-mile trail near Lake Placid. It’s a great trail for dogs and kids to enjoy! You can take a break and go for a swim, have a nice picnic and enjoy the ponds and natural beauty of the area!

2. Heritage Trail

source: https://www.traillink.com/trail/heritage-trail-(ny)/

Easy Hike


Heritage Trail in Plattsburgh travels along the Saranac River and is more of a city tour than a traditional hike. This is perfect for the family that doesn’t want to get too lost in the woods. It winds through the city and gives you the option to take a break and enjoy some local food and restaurants. 

3. Mt. Baker 

source: https://www.adirondack.net/business/baker-mountain-13096/

Moderate Hike

If you’ve got some older kiddos, try Mt. Baker trail in Saranac Lake. It’s a 1.8-mile loop that boasts magnificent views of the High Peaks and the Saranac Lake Chains. While it’s a short hike, it’s steep. So be sure to get that heart rate up for some spectacular views. 

4. Algonquin Mountain

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Difficult Hike

This hike along Lake Placid is not one for the newbie hikers. If you’re into more difficult hiking then take the family to Algonquin Mountain, the second-highest peak in New York State. This 8.6-mile hike has a difficult climb and a summit elevation of over 5,000 feet. 

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