Hiking in the Lake Champlain Region

Hit the trails

It's a fine time to hike in the Lake Champlain region! Whether you are an energetic outdoor enthusiast or a strolling history buff, there's a path to take.

Let history surround you

There are many leisurely historic walking tours through one of the area's eclectic lakeside communities, with some amazing collections of architecture. Grab a guide and explore the historic town of Essex, featured on the National Register of Historic Places and one of the few remaining villages in America featuring intact pre-Civil War architecture. The La Chute River Trail may also pique your interest as you explore the natural and industrial milling history along the La Chute River near Fort Ticonderoga.

Take to the hills - or peaks!

Looking for something a bit more vertical? Feel free to challenge yourself on one of the many area trails and enjoy unforgettable views of Lake Champlain, the High Peaks of the Adirondacks, and the Green and White Mountains across the water. Head up Split Rock Mountain – a 6.5-mile loop within the 3,700 acre Split Rock Mountain Wild Forest and part of the largest tract of underdeveloped and forested land along the New York State shoreline of Lake Champlain. One of the more difficult trails in the area is Hurricane Mountain, offering a 5.2 mile round trip hike with big rewards – the summit features 360-degree views of Lake Champlain and the High Peaks.

If you need assistance purchasing gear or are interested in hiring an expert to accompany and educate you on your hike, contact a Lake Champlain licensed guide service – they will be more than willing to aid you as you climb your way toward the mountaintop.

Leave No Trace

Before heading out, be sure to review Leave No Trace ethics to ensure you're protecting the Adirondacks for future generations! The DEC is a great resource for more outdoor recreation related information.

For more hiking ideas, take a look at several other area trails below:

Hikes outside of the High Peaks

Hikes outside of the High Peaks, en Francais

North Country National Scenic Trail

The North Country National Scenic Trail is America's longest National Scenic Trail stretching 4,600 miles from New York to North Dakota, linking 7 states, 10 National Forests and more than 150...

Location: 
Crown Point State Historic Site
Grand View Drive, Crown Point, 12928
Woods & Swale Trail

Wonderful outing through an old forest and a pine plantation, then follows the border of the wetlands before traversing the side of a hill.

1.5 mile RT, easy, can return by reversing the...

Location: 
Sherman Road, Westport, 12993
Poke-O-Moonshine

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 9 and Route 9N in Keeseville follow Route 9 south for 7.5 miles to the trailhead on the right at the former Poke-O-Moonshine...

Location: 
Route 9, Keeseville, 12944
Field and Forest Trail

This easy section between the Wadhams and Bobcat trails is 2.7 miles one way or a 2.4 mile loop from the Boquet River trailhead. The east trailhead is shared with the Bobcat Trail at the end of...

Location: 
Ferris Road
POB 193, Whallonsburg, 12936
Green Mountain

Green Mountain sits just north of Giant Mountain in the Giant Mountain Wilderness. Green is the 48th highest peak in the Adirondack Park and misses being a 4000 footer by only 20’. So if the...

Location: 
Route 9N, Elizabethtown, 12932
McConley Spring Trail

An easy, 1-mile loop. The trailhead is on Tracy Road, just west of Mineville. This is a pleasant trail through woods and small hills.

Location: 
Tracy Road, Mineville, 12956
Florence Hathaway Trail

The Florence Hathaway Trail passes through a magical pine forest and along a creek to a rock wall, then returns in a flat woods that has seasonally wet areas. 

Trailhead: ...

Location: 
Essex Road
POb 193, Essex, 12936
Wildway Overlook

The Split Rock Wildway is a "wildlife corridor" between Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. A fairly easy climb rewards with incredible views of the valley and all its passages.

1....

Location: 
Brookfield Road, Essex, 12936
Old Ironville Road Trail

The Old Ironville Road Trail is an easy, 4.6 mile round trip. The trailhead is the same as Penfield Pond Trail. 

The trail follows a road for 0.1 mile. Take the right fork onto an old road...

Location: 
State Route 2, Crown Point, 12928
Rocky Ledges Trail

The trail leaves the road and comes to a fork. The Mountain Route, the right fork, has a moderately steep climb, meets an old woods road, then connects to Boquet Mountain Trail. Turn left to...

Location: 
Leaning Road
POB 193, Essex, 12936
Coon Mountain Trail

Coon Mountain is on the Coon Mountain Preserve, which is owned by The Nature Conservancy. From the trailhead the path starts climbing almost immediately. The trail never gets too steep, but it...

Location: 
Halds Rd, Westport, 12993
Blueberry Hill Trails

The Blueberry Hill Trails are located in the Town of Elizabethtown and were built for hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding, skiing and snowmobiling. Along this trail network you...

Location: 
Lords Road, Elizabethtown, 12932
Keeseville Walking Tour

Booklet available from: Adirondack Architectural Heritage. Fee for booklet.

The first dam at Anderson Falls on the AuSable River was built in 1808 to power a sawmill. Since that time, and...

Location: 
1 Mill Street, Keeseville, 12944
Gary's Elbow Trail

This is a short spur trail that adds a bit of variety to the trail network, and it's also a good way to create a loop. The trail leaves the...

Location: 
Lake Shore Rd, Westport, 12993
Jabe and Little Jabe ponds

How to get there

From the Ticonderoga traffic circle, head south on Route 9N. Continue for 1.5 miles past the intersection of Route 9N and Route 3 and locate Split Rock...

Location: 
Jabe Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
Bear Pond Loop

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 9N, Route 22 and Route 74 in Ticonderoga follow Route 74 toward Schroon Lake.  Continue for just under 5-miels to Putts Pond...

Location: 
Route 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
Bobcat Trail

The easy trail trail goes through a meadow, winds through mixed forest, and ends at another meadow. It joins the ...

Location: 
Walker Road/Sayre Road, Westport, 12993
Adirondack Center Museum Nature Walk

Visit a restored fire tower and the Colonial Garden with a .5 mile nature trail.

Trailhead: on the grounds of the Adirondack Center Museum, Easy Walk

Time in hours...

Location: 
7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown, 12932
Crown Point State Historic Site

Wander the ruins of two Revolutionary War era forts. both distinct National Landmarks, on the shores of Lake Champlain. Trail map & guide available in museum (fee for museum, grounds free.)...

Location: 
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point, 12928
Pauline Murdock Trail

(1 mile RT, easy) Trailhead on Elizabethtown-Wadhams Road about 1/4 mile north of Boquet River.  Short hike into woods above Boquet River

Location: 
Elizabethtown-Wadhams Road
POB 193, Elizabethtown, 12932
Split Rock Mountain Loop

The trail climbs slightly from the trailhead and passes by a trail on the right that leads to...

Location: 
Lake Shore Rd, Westport, 12993
Belfry Mountain Trail

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 22/9N and county Route 4 in Port Henry, follow Route 4 to Route 70. Follow county Route 70 to the crossroads with Tracy Road...

Location: 
Dalton Hill Rd, Port Henry, 12974
Lee Park Trail

This easy, 0.75 mile round trip trail starts at a playground for a short, easy walk that's suitable for all ages and skills. An uphill route from the playground runs along Hoisington Brook. There'...

Location: 
Mill Street
POB 193, Westport, 12993
Cheney Mountain Trail

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 22/9N and county Route 54 (Pelfershire Road) just north of Port Henry, follow county Route 54 for just under 2 miles to the...

Location: 
CR 54, Port Henry, 12974
Footbridge Park

The Footbridge Park trailhead is located at the end of Footbridge Lane in Elizabethtown. This trail is perfect for children, with its wildlife information and short, simple walks. There are also...

Location: 
Footbridge Ln, Elizabethtown, 12932
Bald Peak

Trailhead: Leave Lake Placid on Route 73, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Drive through Keene, Keene Valley and Saint Huberts. Take a left onto Route 9 toward Elizabethtown....

Location: 
Route 9, Elizabethtown, 12932
Snake Den Harbor Outlook

This is a short spur trail off from the Lewis Clearing Bay Trail. From the Lewis Clearing Bay Trail take an obvious right, roughly 1.6 miles from the trailhead. The trail climbs to higher ground...

Location: 
Lake Shore Rd, Westport, 12993
Lewis Clearing Bay Trail

This is one of the longer trails in Split Rock Wild Forest, and since it is often used to access other trails it is essentially a corridor trail. This is the only trail in the wild forest open to...

Location: 
Lake Shore Rd, Westport, 12993
Elizabethtown Walking Tour

First known as Pleasant Valley, Elizabethtown was first settled in 1798, by veterans of the Revolutionary War. Its development as the county seat resulted in many striking homes built by the...

Location: 
, Elizabethtown, 12932
Moose Mt Pond Trail

Moose Mt Pond Trail (2.7 mi RT to Bass Lake trail junction, 6.4 mi RT to Moose Mt Pond, easy) Trailhead same as #37. Trail follows old logging road along a river with beaver activity and goes by a...

Location: 
6482 Main Street
POB 193, Westport, 12993
Homestead Trail

Originally an old road, this 1.5-mile long trail offers an easy incline through the woods. After a stream crossing it connects with the...

Location: 
Cook Road, Essex, 12936
Ancient Oak Trail

The Ancient Oak trail is an easy, 2.5-mile loop. The trailhead is on Route 22, 2.2 miles north of Essex.

This lovely trail goes through a forest and a field, then goes along wetlands and a...

Location: 
Route 22, Essex, 12936
Mountain Spring Road Trail

The Mountain Spring Road Trail is an easy, 8-mile-loop that follows a seasonal road through the Adirondack foothills, known as the West Champlain Hills, to Mineville. This route is great for...

Location: 
Stevenson Road
POB 193, Westport, 12993
Hidden Quarry Trail

Explore the hidden quarry! This loop trail explores two delightful little forest areas and a field, with old cement structures from the turn of the previous century.

Hidden Quarry...

Location: 
Route 22, Westport, 12993
Champlain Bridge Trail

Champlain Bridge Trail ( 1 mi RT easy, handicapped accessible) This beautiful bridge features a walkway with great views.  Watch for Champ from the arch, the official Champ Viewing Platform,...

Location: 
814 Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
Noblewood Trail

Nature and Birding Trails in this Town of Willsboro park offer extraordinary views of the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain. Includes the Willsboro Town Beach.

Noblewood Trail...

Location: 
Rt 22, Willsboro, 12996
Brookfield Headwaters Trail

The Brookfield Headwaters Trail is an easy, 0.8 mile loop. The trailhead is on Reynolds Road, 0.4 mile west of Brookfield Road. 

The trail goes through a biologically rich forest and passes...

Location: 
Reynolds Road, Essex, 12936
Treadway Mountain

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 9N, Route 22 and Route 74 in Ticonderoga follow Route 74 toward Schroon Lake. Continue for just under 5 miles to Putts Pond...

Location: 
Putts Pond Rd, Ticonderoga, 12883
LaChute River Walk

Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.

LaChute River Walk Trailhead: Ticonderoga Heritage Museum...

Location: 
, Ticonderoga, 12883
Carver Road Trail

This easy, 4-mile round-trip trail follows an abandoned road through the forest west of Long Pond in the town of Willsboro. The south trailhead on Reber Road is 1.7 miles west of Route 22. The...

Location: 
Reber Road, Willsboro, 12996
Deer Leap

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 9N and Route 74 in Ticonderoga follow Route 9N south toward Hague continue for around 18-miles to the trailhead for Deer...

Location: 
Route 9N, Ticonderoga, 12883
Mount Gilligan

How to get there

From the intersection of state Route 9 and 73 near Exit 30 on Interstate 87, follow Route 9 toward Elizabethtown. Continue for just under 4 miles to the...

Location: 
Route 9, Elizabethtown, 12932
Berrymill Pond

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 9N, Route 22 and Route 74 in Ticonderoga follow Route 74 toward Schroon Lake. Continue for just under 5 miles to Putts Pond...

Location: 
Putts Pond Rd, Ticonderoga, 12883
Black Kettle Farm Nature Trail

Black Kettle Farm Nature Trail is a pretty hike with a great view from a rocky cliff. Notice the three distinct habitats, with a river crossing on stepping stones, wetland crossing on foot bridges...

Location: 
Leaning Road
POB 193, Essex, 12936
Severance Hill

This 2.4 mile round trip hike offers views of Schroon Lake and Pharaoh Mountain for relatively little effort. Most hikers can complete this route in an hour. 
The trail first passes under...

Location: 
Rte 9, Schroon Lake, 12870
Historic Walking Tour of Essex

The entire village of Essex is on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a walking tour of one of the most intact collection of pre-Civil War village architecture in America.

This...

Location: 
Boquet Road, ,
Bald Peak Trail

Bald Peak Trail (8 mi RT, moderate)  Trailhead 1.3 mi south of New Russia on west side of Rte 9.  Trail starts flat, crosses a stream, climbs steadily through forest and then follows the stream. ...

Location: 
Route 9
POB 193, New Russia, 12932
Ausable Marsh State Game Management Area Hiking

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 373 and Route 9 north of Keeseville follow Route 9 toward Plattsburgh. Continue for 4-miles to the marsh entrance on the...

Location: 
Route 9, Keeseville, 12944
Boquet Mountain Trail

A wide variety of habitat, from an old logging road through the forest to traversing slopes and walking beneath rock ledges. The passage continues through South and North Boquet mountains. 

...
Location: 
County Highway 12
POB 193, Essex, 12936
McAuliffe Road Trail

The McAuliffe Road Trail is an easy, 2 mile, round trip hike. This trail is an abandoned road that is open for public use. It goes through an attractive forest paralleling the Boquet River. 

...
Location: 
Jersey Street
POB 193, Essex, 12936
Pole Hill Pond Preserve

How to get there

From the Ticonderoga traffic circle, head south on Route 9N for 23 miles. The trail entrance will be on the right. If you pass the driveway with the stone...

Location: 
Route 9N, Ticonderoga, 12883
Crowfoot Pond Trail

How to Get There

From Exit 30 off I-87, follow Route 9 south toward North Hudson. Continue for 0.2 mile and turn left on Tracy Road. Continue for 1.75 miles to the...

Location: 
Tracey Rd, North Hudson, 12855
Mount Defiance

Mount Defiance, owned by Fort Ticonderoga, has a toll road to its historic summit. An interpretive tour is provided daily at the summit at 4 p.m. during the Fort's open season. Admission to Fort...

Location: 
Overlooking Fort Ticonderoga and
Lake Champlain, Ticonderoga, 12883
Owl Head Lookout

Owl Head Lookout offers great views after an ascent that is steep only for the last few yards.

From the parking area you will begin following a dirt driveway for a short distance before...

Location: 
Route 9N, Elizabethtown, 12932
Brown Mountain

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 9N and Route 74 in Ticonderoga follow Route 9N south toward Hague continue for around 18-miles to the trailhead for Deer...

Location: 
Route 9N, Ticonderoga, 12883
Giant Mountain

Note: The parking areas for Giant Mountain often fill quickly, especially in the summer. Consider choosing a less popular, and less crowded, trail.

Giant Mountain is just...

Location: 
Route 73, Keene Valley, 12943
Hurricane Mountain

This is a wonderful open peak with a fire tower that is being restored and can now be climbed, even though the tower is not needed for some of the best views in the High Peaks. During the summer...

Location: 
Route 9N, Keene, 12942
Beaver Flow Trail

The Beaver Flow Trail is a flat, easy snowshoe route that meanders through a mixed forest and runs parallel to a small waterway. There's a house-sized boulder near the end and lots of beaver...

Location: 
Cook Rd/Walker Rd, Essex, 12936
Art Farm Trail

(1.5 mile RT, easy) Trailhead on Sayre Rd. 0.6 mi north of Lewis-Wadhams Rd.  Trail goes through field, woods, and field and then connects to Field and Forest Trail.

Location: 
Sayre Rd
POB 193, Westport, 12993
Baxter Mountain

Baxter Mountain offers outstanding views and great blueberry picking in season, making it an excellent hike for the entire family.

It's a mostly moderate, 1.2 mile hike to the first summit...

Location: 
Route 9N, Keene, 12942
Penfield Pond Trail

(1 mi RT, easy) Trailhead on Old Ironville Rd, 0.2 mi east of Penfield Museum.  Cross creek, follow trail into woods, climbs hill above brook, goes along east shore of Penfield Pond.

Location: 
6482 Main Street
POB 193, Westport, 12993
Trout Pond - Moriah

A pleasant woods walk to the pond, with a trail that follows half of the pond shoreline.

Trout Pond Trailhead: On Ensign Pond Road (County Rt. 4) between North Hudson and...

Location: 
Ensign Pond Road, Moriah, 12960
Wildway Passage Trail

Wildway Passage Trail ( 1 mi trip or loop)  Trailhead on Angier Hill Road 0.6 mi north of Lake Shore Road. Trail has small, high quality forest, cliffs, pretty stream and recent logging.  (owner...

Location: 
Angier Hill Road, Westport, 12993
Foothill Trail

The path enters the woods and turns left after about 100 yards, then it goes along the edge of a farm field before climbing steeply and meeting the ...

Location: 
Leaning Road, Essex, 12936
Rattlesnake Mountain Trail

Well-known for offering great "value for effort." Less than an hour to the top, and there are spectacular views of the entire area, including Willsboro Bay and Willsboro Point, the Four Brothers...

Location: 
4525 NYS Route 22 (across the road), Willsboro, 12996
Cross-Over Trail

This trail leaves from Gary’s Elbow and the Calamity Trail and is used as a cross-over trail to access both sides of Split Rock Wild Forest. This trail tends to be a bit wet, as it passes through...

Location: 
Lake Shore Rd, Westport, 12993
Sophie's Lair Trail

(2 mi loop, easy) Trailhead on Essex Road, 3 mi north of Essex. Trail through field and then woods with two loops and a connection to Florence Hathaway Park Trail

Location: 
Essex Road, Essex, 12936
Lake Champlain Bridge Interpretive Trail

Connecting NYS DEC Crown Point Boat Launch and historic Fort St. Frederic, this packed gravel path follows the lake shore and passes beneath the 2011 Lake Champlain Bridge. Learn the history of...

Location: 
814 Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
Rattlesnake Mt Trail

The moderately difficult Rattlesnake Mountain trail is 1.5 miles one way. The trailhead is on Route 22, about 5 miles south of Exit 33 on I-87 and 3 miles north of Willsboro. There is a small sign...

Location: 
4525 NYS Route 22 (across the road)
POB 193, Willsboro, 12996
Hammond & Bloody Pond Trail

Hammond and Bloody Pond Trail. It's an easy 2 miles round trip to Hammond Pond, and 3.8 miles round trip to Bloody Pond. 

The trailhead is shared with the Challis Pond Trail. The trail...

Location: 
6482 Main Street
POB 193, Westport, 12993
Grizzle Ocean Loop

From the trailhead, you will follow a nice flat trail that passes by Putnam Pond to your right. The trail soon turns into a short, moderate climb before reaching a rather long descent to a major...

Location: 
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
Wickham Marsh Wildlife Area

Overview: Wickham Marsh Wildlife Management Area encompasses 862 acres which has been compiled from two different land acquisitions from 1950 and 1970.

Since the completion of the...

Location: 
Route 373, Keeseville, 12944
Barn Rock Bay

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 9N and Route 22 in Westport follow Route 22. Continue for 0.5 miles to Lake Shore Road on the right. Follow Lake Shore Road...

Location: 
Lake Shore Road, Westport, 12993
Ticonderoga Walking Tour

Ticonderoga began with the fort and was soon a center of paper production. It has more than three dozen buildings listed on the National Register. Still in use is the Agway building (1879) which...

Location: 
, Ticonderoga, 12883
DaCy Meadow Farm Trail

The DaCy Meadow Farm Trail is an easy, 2-mile loop that goes through a field, passes over a stream and wetland, goes uphill through a forest, and then back down to follow a stream. The trail...

Location: 
Route 9N
POB 193, Westport, 12993
Bartlett Pond-McConley Road Trail

The Barlett Pond – McConley Road Trail is an easy, 8-mile-loop that follows a seasonal road through the Adirondack foothills, known as the West Champlain Hills, to Mineville. This route is great...

Location: 
McConley Road
POB 193, Westport, 12993
Hemlock Hill Trail

This trail passes by rocky ledges and leads to a lovely hemlock forest.

Trailhead: Take Route 22 north from Westport and bear right on Lakeshore Road, then bear right again onto Sherman...

Location: 
Sherman Road, Westport, 12993
Beaver Bend Trail

The Beaver Bend Trail is a short, easy, half-mile loop along the Boquet River that includes views of the river, signs of beaver activity, and a floodplain forest. If the trail is too short, turn...

Location: 
Angier Hill Road
POB 193, Whallonsburg, 12936
Boquet River Nature Preserve Trail

The trailhead to the improved half-mile long River Trail is at the end of Gilliland Street. The path goes through an old-growth floodplain forest along the scenic river.  

The trailhead to...

Location: 
Library Street/Willsboro boat launch, Willsboro, 12996
Round Pond Trail

The Round Pond Trail is an easy, 7.8 loop. From the east trailhead, the trail climbs slowly to Round Pond, then crosses over and follows East Mill Brook. It goes over a small mountain and follows...

Location: 
Ensign Pond Road
POB 193, Port Henry, 12974
Challis Pond Trail

The Challis Pond Trail is an easy, 1.2 mile loop to Challis Pond through a hemlock and cedar forest.

The trailhead is on Ensign Pond Road (county Route 4), 2.6 miles from Route 9 or 6.5...

Location: 
Ensign Pond Road
POB 193, Moriah, 12960
Split Rock Wild Forest Trails

The Split Rock Wild Forest trails encompass 2- to 6-mile loops, ranging from easy to moderate difficulty. 

The trailhead on Lakeshore Road, 5.8 miles south of Essex and 4.7 miles north of...

Location: 
Lake Shore Road, Westport, 12993
Thrall Dam Park Trail

1-4 mile loops, easy.  Trailhead on Rte. 9, 0.7 mi south of Lewis and 3 3/4 mi north of Elizabethtown.  Loop trails thru forest and along wetland. 

Location: 
Rte 9, Lewis, 12950
Ticonderoga School Nature Trail

Located behind the Ticonderoga Middle School, this .5 mile nature trail displays 7 interpretive signs that allow for a self-guided tour that educate about surroundings. Connects to the LaChute...

Location: 
116 Alexandria Avenue, Ticonderoga, 12883
Flying Squirrel Trail

This Champlain Area Trail connects the Split Rock Wild Forest to the CATS Wildway Passage Trail next to Coon Mountain.  

Location: 
Essex Road, Essex, 12936
Champlain Area Trails

200 miles of trails

In 2009, Champlain Area Trails (CATS) trail published its earliest trail map highlighting the first new hiking trails it created along with the few...

Location: 
6482 Main Street
POB 193, Westport, 12993