Adirondack Hiking Guidelines & Safety Tips

One of the best parts about owning your own piece of the Adirondacks is having a network of hiking trails right in your backyard! Whether it’s a snowshoe trek through the woods or a summertime hike up one of the Adirondack high peaks, it’s important to follow some basic guidelines and safety tips for your wellbeing. As experienced hikers ourselves, below we’ve offered some of our top hiking tips!

Planning Your Adirondack Hike

Sunset on Pilot's KnobPack Your Hiking Bag 
The first rule of planning your hike is to be prepared for any situation! You never know what may arise while out in the wilderness, and a well-stocked hiking bag can safe almost any situation. Consider packing a compass and map (you may not have cell phone reception on the hike), plenty of water, snacks, rain jacket, extra clothing, first-aid kit, flashlight, matches, and a utility knife.

Check Weather Reports 
Sure, Saturdays afternoons are a great day and time to hike, but not when there’s a torrential downpour! When planning your hike, always consult the weather forecast so you’re not stuck in less than ideal and unsafe conditions. This includes the morning of and right before you leave, as Adirondack weather can change on a dime.

Pick A Hike Within Your Skill Level 
Are you a first-time hiker? Make sure you choose a hike that matches your skill level so you don’t overexert yourself. (Or bore you if you’re an experienced hiker!) This flowchart is a great resource for helping select which Adirondack hike is right for you and your experience.

Safety Guidelines While Hiking

Keep to Trails 
Trails are made for a reason. For your own safety and for the safety of the Adirondacks’ natural resources, stick to the trail. Not only will you ensure you won’t get lost or encounter unsafe obstacles, but you’ll also help preserve vegetation and animal habitats.

Hike with a Buddy (or Two!)
Don’t hike alone if it can be avoided. Hiking with others actually decreases your risk of being stranded should a situation (like an injury or unexpected obstacle) occur. If you must hike alone, be sure to at least tell a friend where you’re hiking, and when you’re expected to be back. That way, if they don’t hear from you after a certain time, they can call for help.

Be Willing to Turn Back Around 
Smart hikers know when it’s time to throw in the towel and turn around. If it’s getting late, a member of your hiking party is injured, or a storm rolls in, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Hiking is about the experience of being in nature–not just making the summit–so be prepared and willing to turn back if the need arises.

Seasonal Safety Tips

Winter Hiking
When hiking in the winter months, remember to dress warm, as the Adiondack winter temperatures can go below 0 °F! Layer up to start, as you can always remove articles of clothing if you get too warm. Always bring additional clothes in your pack. Frostbite and hypothermia are real risks out here!

As always, watch out for slippery surfaces, especially ice during winter. And if you have to cross ice during your hike, test its strength with your foot before putting your whole body weight on it.

Summer Hiking 
When hiking in the summer months, hydration is key. The hot and sunny Adirondack days bring high temperatures and lots of sun exposure which can lead to heat stroke and exhaustion.

Thunderstorms also pose a threat. If you see lightning, or the signs of a thunderstorm approaching, stay away from high ground and isolated trees.


Adirondack Winter Hike Up Blue Mountain

Blue Mt, located in the geographic center of the Adirondacks, towers as a giant hulk over it’s namesake lake, a beautiful body of water speckled with wooded islands.  The mountain stands at 3750′ in elevation, only a couple of hundred feet shy of a High Peak. The trail to the summit is 2 miles long and a popular destination for summer tourists. I, however, prefer to climb old Blue in the winter, it’s far less crowded and the winter wonderworld above 3000′ is something to behold.

The snow at the upper elevations in the Adirondacks is measured in feet rather than inches. The spruce-fir forest that survives this lofty habitat is caked in snow, to the point where the trees take on otherworldly, eerie shapes.  This white world is dense and claustrophobic, total and utter silence envelopes the intruder. Even wildlife, with the exception of the snowshoe hare, has left for more pleasant territory. This frozen landscape is harsh and wildly spectacular.

Steadily climbing from the trailhead, the summit is gained in an hour more or less. To enjoy the view one must climb the firetower, which does not escape the grip of snow and ice.  From the tower the Adirondack Wilderness spreads out in every direction, with the High Peaks dominating the skyline to the north, Tirrell Pond at the foot of the mountain to the east, the Blue Ridge and West Canada Wildernesses to the south, and Blue Mt Lake, the Eckford Chain, and Raquette to the west. It’s a breathtaking and rugged scene in which I never cease to be amazed at the immensity of it all.

Although likely not to happen, come prepared in case of accident or sudden inclement weather. Snowshoes on the feet are a good idea. A pack loaded with water, food,  flashlight, space blanket, first aid kit, and an extra sweater is good insurance. Come and enjoy, this winter wonderworld offers an experience you won’t soon forget.

Winter Birding in the Adirondacks

With more than 300 avian species, the Adirondack Park is a favorite among bird enthusiasts all year long, but winter offers birders a rare opportunity. After spending much of the year breeding and raising young in the Canadian tundra, several raptors and other birds of prey migrate south to the Adirondacks in the winter to roost and hunt. As a result, many birders flock to the area every winter for a chance to see these birds in the wild.

Here are just a few of the unique raptors and birds of prey you may encounter while winter birding in the Adirondacks.

Snowy Owls

These winter raptors are commonly spotted on the lake shores of the Adirondacks and wide-open grasslands, preferring areas that are low and flat with short plants and grasses and an abundance of small prey. The snowy owl has pure white plumage marked by occasional dark spots, large talons and pointed wings made for speed. With a wing span of approximately 4.5 feet, they are the largest owls in North America. Built to handle the cold weather, the snowy owl is also well insulated, often found sitting on piles of snow to cool off when the temperatures rise.

Short-Eared Owls

Once one of New York’s most common owls, the short-eared owl is now an endangered species. Similar to barn owls, they have beige round facial disks and brown and white mottled plumage. While they no longer breed in the Adirondacks, short-eared owls continue to winter here, and can be found roosting on the ground in large open grassland areas where there is an abundant supply of mice and voles. As the most diurnal species in the Adirondacks, they are most often spotted in the late afternoon, and at dawn or dusk, when they can be seen diving from perches or flying low over the ground in search of prey.

Rough-Legged Hawks

Another irruptive species from Canada, the rough-legged hawk can be found wintering in the Adirondack Park. These dark-brown, boldly patterned hawks are larger than a crow, but slightly smaller than the more common red-tailed hawk. Their “rough legs” are covered in feathers to prevent heat loss in cold environments, and their tails are darker at the tip and lighter at the base. They are often seen perched on fence posts and on the slender branches at the very tops of trees, scanning the ground for lemmings, voles and other small mammals and birds. When they soar, their raise their wings in a slight V-shape.

Own a Piece of the Adirondacks

No matter the season, the Adirondacks offer extraordinary birding in a spectacular setting. And with 6 million acres of wilderness, more than 3,000 lakes and ponds, and thousands of miles of trails, rivers, brooks and streams, birding can be done while hiking, canoeing, camping or even snowshoeing in the Adirondacks.

Interested in buying your own parcel of Adirondack land? View our listings or call us at 518-624-6055. We have choice parcels of Adirondack land for sale near Everton Falls, Long Lake, Owls Head, Quebec Brook, Baldface Mountain, St. Regis Mtn. and more.



What an Amish Built Adirondack Cabin Means For You

For those wilderness lovers who are eager to settle into the Adirondack life, we offer a selection of prime Adirondack real estate with beautifully crafted cabins already on site. All of our Adirondack cabins are Amish built in the authentic log cabin style with handcrafted details and modern amenities. What sets our Amish made cabins apart from the rest? We’ve highlighted the several advantages our Amish built cabins offer.

The Amish Made Cabin Difference

Quality Materials
Our Amish cabins are only made from 100% solid wood. Unlike today’s conventional cabins, Amish built cabins are never made from composite wood products or wood veneers. Each piece of lumber is hand selected by an artisan builder from the most durable part of the tree to maintain structural integrity, so you can be assured your cabin is built to last. Moreover, as your Amish cabin is made from wood and not treated with toxic chemicals like resins, it is eco-friendly and will not harm the Adirondack environment you love so much.

As the Amish don’t use electricity, all methods of construction must be done by hand with a keen eye for detail. The heirloom-quality construction is informed by generations of traditional building methods, which means the end result is a handcrafted and durable product which cookie cutter builders just can’t match. Each Amish craftsman is trained to carefully review each step of the construction process to maintain quality craftsmanship. Every nail, every joint, every cut is made with the utmost attention to detail.

Timeless Look
Unlike mass-produced cabins, our Amish built cabins offer simple, rustic designs that will never go out of style. From the handcrafted details like exposed beams and log-pole porches that have become synonymous with Adirondack Mountain style, your cabin will remain looking timeless for years to come.

Made in America
When you purchase an Amish made cabin, you are supporting a community of American craftsmen. The Amish hold a set of religious beliefs that lead them to live in small rural communities separate from the modern world. Furniture selling is one of the few outlets the Amish have to the outside world and provides the financial stability many Amish communities need, as well as carrying on the cabin-making legacy.

Purchase your Amish Made Adirondack Cabin today!

Interested in owning your very own Amish built Adirondack hunting cabin? We have a limited supply of move-in ready, turn-key hunting cabins for sale, so contact us today!

Whiteface Mountain

Whiteface MountainWhiteface Mountain at 4,867’ in elevation is New York’s fifth-highest peak, and bigger sister peak to adjacent Esther Mountain. Named for it’s signature snowy peaks ten months out of the year, Whiteface is perhaps most famous for hosting the alpine skiing competitions of the 1980 Winter Olympics. Whiteface’s east slope is home to the Whiteface Ski Center, still just as popular today for amateur and professional skiers alike. Just 10 miles north of Lake Placid, Whiteface Mountain is a popular day trip destination for upstate tourists.

Unique to the rest of the Adirondack High Peaks, Whiteface’s summit is completely accessible by car—how easy is that?! Take a drive on Whiteface Veteran’s Memorial Highway, opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936, to lead you directly to the developed summit. Once you’re there, savor the gourmet rustic cuisine at the peak’s Castle Cafe restaurant, pick up a souvenir from the gift shop, or take an elevator ride deep inside the mountain to the mountain’s highest point and take in the expansive 360-degree view of the neighboring Adirondack mountains (and even as far as Vermont and Montreal on a clear day)!

Just a short drive from your Adirondack property, there’s no other Adirondack High Peak quite like Whiteface Mt. With its easily accessible breathtaking views and summit activities, you’ll be satisfied visit after visit.

Fishing in the Adirondacks

With more than 3,000 fresh water lakes, ponds, brooks and streams, the Adirondacks are a favorite among avid fishermen. The region is home to 80 species of fish, including bass, trout, walleye, pike, perch and salmon. From ice fishing and fly fishing to reeling in the big one on your boat, the Adirondacks offer sportsmen an abundance of year-round opportunities to cast a line.

For some of the best fishing on the East Coast, check out these prime Adirondack fishing spots.

Fishing in Lake George Lake George
At just over 30 miles long and an average depth of 70 feet, Lake George is home to some of the best landlocked salmon and lake trout in the Northeast. You’ll also find bass, perch, chain pickerel and northern pike.

Planning a visit to Lake George? View our Lake George Itinerary for great weekend ideas!

Lake Champlain
The third largest lake in New York State, Lake Champlain consistently rates among the top fishing spots in the nation. A popular destination for lake trout and landlocked salmon, the lake also hosts a number of bass fishing tournaments every year.

Great Sacandaga Lake
From 1940-1979, Great Sacandaga Lake held the world record for the largest northern pike, and the species can still be found their today. The lake is also a popular fishing spot for bass, bullhead, yellow perch, and New York’s most valued sportfish, the walleye.

Sacandaga River
Located at the southern tip of the Adirondack Park, the Sacandaga River is one of the area’s most fertile trout hatcheries. Heavily stocked with brown trout in the section between Wells and Speculator NY, the river’s west branch is a favorite among brook and brown trout anglers alike.

Ausable River
An angler’s paradise, Ausable River is one of the best trout rivers in the Northeast, and features both brown and rainbow trout species. Located in the Whiteface Region, the river hosts the annual Ausable Two-Fly Challenge in the village of Wilmington NY.

Long Lake
Although Long Lake is home to bullheads, bass and yellow perch, its real draw is the northern pike. Anglers are eager to catch one of the rare 15 pound fish that inhabit the lake, but are more likely to pull out a pike averaging 22-28 inches.

Racquette Lake
The biggest lake trout in New York State was caught at Racquette Lake in 2009, and the promise of a prize-winning catch continue to draw fisherman to the lake today. While both lake and brook trout can be found in the river’s northern end, small and largemouth bass dominate the southern portion.

Adirondack Mt Land offers NY Mountain Properties that would put an avid fisherman in the midst of this fishing paradise. Whether you’re looking to live here year round, or are interested in a fishing cabin for seasonal adventures, we have the land options for you. We encourage you to browse our properties and then contact us for more information!

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Large Adirondack Acreage Properties for 2018

 In addition to the growing inventory and variety of Adirondack land parcels we have on the market, we at Adirondack Mt Land will be adding some large acreage properties to our selection.  What is so unique about these new properties is that they lay in the midst of the most beautiful part of the vast Adirondack region, offering tremendous views of the rugged High Peaks region. Characteristic of our company name, these properties are true mountain landscapes, with ridge tops, rocky peaks, and beautiful valleys. The properties are also very usable, with gentle building sites on elevated knolls offering incredible mountain views from your would-be cabin porch. There are also trails throughout for hiking, skiing, or even ATV access. The lands are also prime whitetail deer and black bear habitat, in some cases bordering public land, making for ideal hunting. The properties are also reasonably priced at between $700- $1300/acre.

So here we go, our exciting selection of Adirondack Acreage. Update: All the following properties have sold. Please follow this link to find available land.


# 1 – 132 Acres in the Town of Westport– $169,000  SOLD

This incredible acreage has been on the market since fall and would not only make a great location for a camp, but with public road frontage and power available, an ideal homestead. Located between the edge of the High Peaks Region and Lake Champlain, there are endless opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, etc. There are two mild ridges on the property that offer views in every direction, including Lake Champlain and the Green Mts, and the High peaks of the Adirondacks. The oak ridge tops are excellent habitat for deer.


# 2-  272 Acres- Town of Jay- $199,000  SOLD

This is THE Adirondack land if you are looking for a remote wild setting for a wilderness cabin. The land is at the end of a private road, located about a mile from the end of the maintained public road. There is a cabin site with an incredible view sweeping from the High Peaks to Whiteface Mt.  Ridge top trails offer access to additional views of mountain peaks, including the Jay Mt Wilderness. The property borders an additional 600 acres of public land.



# 3 – 150 Acres- Loon Lake- $179,000  SOLD

This property has it all- a cabin site with views of Whiteface Mt, a stream that is canoeable to the Kushaqua Canoe Route, deeded access to private beach and launch on Loon Lake, a mountain top ledge with views to the High Peaks, and it is surrounded by the 19,000 acre Kushuqua Conservation Easement, which is open to hunting, fishing, hiking, etc.


# 4 – 290 Acres- Black Brook- $225,000  SOLD

This large parcel of land features a variety of terrain which goes from level, rolling land with intermittent streams and beaver ponds to the rugged cone of Mitchell Mt. The property fronts on a town road and also has an interior road that leads to a cabin site with panoramic views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mts. From the top of Mitchell Mt there are commanding views of the Jay Mt Range and the High Peaks. This is an excellent hunting property.


# 5 –  150 Acres- Flagstaff Mt- $119,000 SOLD

This 150 acre parcel is beautiful Adirondack mountain property located near Lake Champlain, and is excellent deer hunting. The property includes the peak of Flagstaff Mt and it’s flanking ridge of open rock, meadows, and oak. Outstanding views of lake Champlain, the Green Mts, Auger Lake, and the High Peaks.


Wildlife as Seen From Your Adirondack Property: An Overview

The Adirondack Mountains are home to a vast array of wildlife, from tiny chipmunks and moles to massive moose, cougars and black bears. Birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and insects abound in the Adirondacks, making the region an ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts of all passions and pursuits.

The Adirondack Park’s 6.1 million protected acres include more than 10,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, and a wide variety of habitats, including wetlands and old-growth forests, so there are endless locations to explore. The animals you encounter will vary according to the place and time of year, but some of the creatures you may find include:

Adirondack Moose
These majestic and iconic animals, which can stand more than six feet tall and weigh more than a half ton, are the largest land mammals in New York State. They are slowly repopulating the region after overhunting and deforestation decimated their numbers over the last two centuries, and it is now a misdemeanor to kill a moose in New York. They are most active at dusk and dawn, and moose sightings often occur in the fall, during the mating season.

Bald Eagles
Another rare sight, bald eagles do exist in the Adirondacks, after disappearing from the area during the 1960s but then making a resurgence from the 1970s onward. They are a protected species on New York States “threatened” list, but continue to multiply within the Adirondack Park. These incredible birds, which can live 20 to 25 years, are sea denizens that primarily prey upon fish, small waterfowl and other water-centric wildlife. Popular local areas to observe them include Schroon Lake, Lake George’s Long Island, Anthony’s Nose and Kitchel Bay, and Ausable Point in Peru.

Adirondack wildlife: loonLoons
One of the most readily recognized waterfowl breeds that inhabit the Adirondacks are loons, known as the “spirit of Northern Waters,” which breed in the region and winter in open lakes and along the coast. Its distinctive call has become an inseparable aspect of the Adirondacks’ charm, most frequently heard near nesting areas and by wintering places in late winter and early spring.

Whitetail Deer
A common Adirondack denizen—and frequent prize of hunters—is the whitetail deer, recognized by the characteristic white underside of its tail, which it raises when alarmed to warn a predator that it has been detected. They are often found on the edges of forests and in open areas by roadways, farm fields or waterways, and can usually be spotted year-round in the early morning or early evening. They’re incredibly agile, able to swim, run up to 35 to 40 miles per hour, and jump over an eight-foot fence.

Black Bears
You’re more likely to come across a black bear in the Adirondacks than anywhere else in New York State, as an estimated 50% to 60% of the state’s 6,000 to 8,000 black bears live in the Adirondacks. They’re massive animals, with adult males averaging 300 pounds and females averaging 170 pounds. They hibernate during the winter, but can be found other times in areas increasingly close to human populations. Relatively intelligent, many have learned to seek out human food, and may be found rummaging through trash cans, bird feeders and hen houses in areas where homes meet forest.

Striped Skunks
Roughly the size of house cats, striped skunks are a very common Adirondack creature immediately recognized by its black fur and bright V-shaped white stripe, as well as the pungent defensive spray they emit when threatened. They inhabit open areas like pastures and fields, but are also fond of shady residential areas with plush lawns. Skunks are nocturnal and hunt in the evening for nuts, grasses, berries, insects, grubs, worms, rabbits and other small animals, and are quite fearless, so it’s best to avoid them or risk being sprayed.

Peregrine Falcons
These hunting birds are famous for their unbelievable speed, reaching up to 180 mph when chasing prey. After dying off in the 20th century due to the pesticide DDT, a ban on the substance in 1971 spurred a slow regrowth of populations in the Adirondacks. As of 2015, there were 15 confirmed active nesting pairs in the Adirondack Mountains and along Lake Champlain and Lake George. An average of 1.2 young/breeding pairs were produced by those 15 pairs.

Eastern Coyotes
Smaller than wolves but similar in terms of their dog-like appearance, coyotes average between four and five feet in length and between 35 and 45 pounds in weight. These pack animals have steadily grown in number in the area since the 1930s, generally preferring to remain in wooded areas. They don’t usually become aggressive with humans, but have been known to make meals of small pets left outside unprotected.

Also known as the fisher cat, fishers are a medium-sized member of the weasel family. Males average a length of 35 to 47 inches, weighing seven to 13 pounds, while females average 30 to 37 inches, weighing only three to seven pounds. Their most recognizable features include a broad head, narrow muzzle and long, bushy tail. They are predators with sharp, retractable claws, and are skilled hunters, notorious for their ability to hunt porcupines. They mainly prey on smaller creatures like rabbits, squirrels, mice and birds, but are omnivores willing to also eat beechnuts, acorns, apples and berries. They make their dens in natural cavities, like trees, logs and rocky outcroppings.

Baldface Mt

Baldface Mt at 2,867′ in elevation is the kid brother to Debar Mt (3,305′), the dominant peak in the northern Adirondacks. Baldface and Debar stand shoulder to shoulder with Debar Pond nestled in a steep valley between the two peaks. Baldface has a lot of character; rising very steeply on every side, it just seems to jump abruptly from its surroundings, and as it’s name implies, has an open rocky summit. From its summit, commanding views of a breathtaking magnitude open up in almost every direction. Loon Lake Mts and Sable Mts fill the southern horizon, with a window of the High Peaks showing between them. Turning to the east, a jumble of smaller mountains lie in the vast area between Whiteface Mt to the south and Lyon Mt to the north. To make a long description short, the view encompasses a wilderness of forest, mountains, and waters that truly characterize the Adirondacks.

Baldfact Mt is accessed by the back country road, County Rt 26, about 2 miles south of the intersection with Rt 27. At 2.3 miles is a wide area on the east side of the road where you can park. Across the road is an informal trail that leads to it’s summit, which is not difficult to follow once you find it. The lower slopes have fertile soils that not only grow healthy mature hardwoods, but also one of the most plentiful and beautiful array of wildflowers in May that you will find. Red and painted trillium, spring beauties, and trout lilies are everywhere on the forest floor, announcing the arrival of spring.

Baldface Mt is one of those Adirondack peaks that offer the most satisfaction in climbing. Not only because of it’s outstanding views, but chiefly because you will almost always have the mountain to yourself.