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  The 46 Adirondack
High Peaks

 

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Each high peak in the Adirondacks has it's own unique charm. From the soaring heights of Marcy, to the quiet wilderness of Seymour, there is scenery, vistas and terrain to suit just about every hiker. Enjoy your very own journey through the beauty of the Adirondack 46 High Peaks.  The Adirondack Forty-Sixers are hikers who have climbed the forty-six traditionally recognized High Peaks in the Adirondack Mountains.  More than 6000 hikers have completed the ADK 46.

The first 46ers were brothers Robert and George Marshall, and their guide and family friend Herbert Clark. The Marshalls thought up the idea after spending much of their childhood in the region. They devised criteria for the high peaks they would climb, choosing any summit that was more than 4,000 feet above sea level in elevation with at least 300 feet of vertical rise on all sides and separated from the next closest summit by 0.75 mile. They climbed only the summits above 4,000 feet and completed this between 1918 and 1924.

At the time that they undertook this goal, there were no trails up many of the peaks, making this a particularly formidable accomplishment. One of the peaks, Mount Marshall in the MacIntyre Range, has since been named in honor of the brothers, and the brook that is the most popular approach has been named after their guide.

Although the tradition is to climb the original 46 peaks, more recent surveys have shown that four of these peaks are actually lower than 4,000 feet in elevation and another, MacNaughton Mountain, is actually just at 4,000 feet despite earlier surveys that showed it at a lower elevation. Yard Mountain is also over 4000 feet, however is not part of the "46ers".  All peaks have at least one maintained trail or thoroughly broken-in herd path.

Below is a list of the 46ers (47) with links for each mountain, elevation, location of the peak, hike ascent to summit and whether there is a marked trail (yes) to the summit or a herd path (no).

For more information on the Adirondack 46ers, get the book Exploring the 46 Adirondack High Peaks and for more info on hiking in the High Peaks Wilderness get the book Adirondack Trails High Peaks Region or Discover the Adirondack High Peaks .  We also recommend Adirondack Park: Lake Placid/ High Peaks (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map #742).

The 46 (47) Adirondack High Peaks

Peak Elevation Ascent Trail Location
Mount Marcy 5344 feet 3166 feet yes High Peaks Wilderness
Algonquin Peak 5114 feet 2936 feet yes High Peaks Wilderness
Mount Haystack 4960 feet 3570 feet yes High Peaks Wilderness
Mount Skylight 4926 feet 4265 feet yes High Peaks Wilderness
Whiteface Mountain 4867 feet 3620 feet yes Wilmington Wild Forest
Dix Mountain 4857 feet 2800 feet yes Dix Mountain Wilderness

Gray Peak

4840 feet 4178 feet no High Peaks Wilderness
Iroquois Peak 4840 feet 3250 feet yes High Peaks Wilderness
Basin Mountain 4827 feet 3650 feet yes High Peaks Wilderness
Gothics 4736 feet 4070 feet yes High Peaks Wilderness
Mount Colden 4714 feet 2850 feet yes High Peaks Wilderness
Giant Mountain 4627 feet 3050 feet yes Giant Mountain Wilderness
Nippletop 4620 feet 4050 feet yes Dix Mountain Wilderness
Santanoni Peak 4607 feet 2860 feet no High Peaks Wilderness
Mount Redfield 4606 feet 3225 feet no High Peaks Wilderness
Wright Peak 4580 feet 2400 feet yes High Peaks Wilderness
Saddleback Mountain 4528 feet 3209 feet yes High Peaks Wilderness
Panther Peak 4442 feet 3762 feet no High Peaks Wilderness
Table Top Mountain 4427 feet 3660 feet no High Peaks Wilderness
Rocky Peak Ridge 4420 feet 3700 feet yes Giant Mountain Wilderness
Macomb Mountain 4405 feet 2344 feet no Dix Mountain Wilderness
Armstrong Mountain 4400 feet 3734 feet yes High Peaks Wilderness
Hough Peak 4400 feet 3200 feet no Dix Mountain Wilderness
Seward Mountain 4361 feet 3490 feet no High Peaks Wilderness
Mount Marshall 4360 feet 2575 feet no High Peaks Wilderness
Allen Mountain 4340 feet 2540 feet no High Peaks Wilderness
Big Slide Mountain 4240 feet 2800 feet yes High Peaks Wilderness
Esther Mountain 4240 feet 3020 feet no Wilmington Wild Forest
Upper Wolfjaw 4185 feet 3619 feet yes High Peaks Wilderness
Lower Wolfjaw 4175 feet 2825 feet yes High Peaks Wilderness
Street Mountain 4166 feet 2115 feet no High Peaks Wilderness
Phelps Mountain 4161 feet 3394 feet yes High Peaks Wilderness
Mount Donaldson 4108 feet 3490 feet no High Peaks Wilderness
Sawteeth 4100 feet 2975 feet yes High Peaks Wilderness
Cascade Mountain 4098 feet 1940 feet yes High Peaks Wilderness
Seymour Mountain 4091 feet 2370 feet no High Peaks Wilderness
South Dix 4060 feet 3050 feet no Dix Mountain Wilderness
Porter Mountain 4059 feet 2700 feet yes High Peaks Wilderness
Mount Colvin 4057 feet 2130 feet yes Dix Mountain Wilderness
Mount Emmons 4039 feet 3490 feet no High Peaks Wilderness
Dial Mountain 4020 feet 3450 feet yes Dix Mountain Wilderness
Grace Peak aka East Dix 4012 feet 3002 feet no Dix Mountain Wilderness
MacNaughton Mountain 4000 feet 2348 feet no High Peaks Wilderness
Blake Peak 3960 feet 3270 feet yes Dix Mountain Wilderness

Cliff Mountain

3960 feet 2160 feet no High Peaks Wilderness
Nye Mountain 3871 feet 1844 feet no High Peaks Wilderness
Couchsachraga Peak 3820 feet 3140 feet no High Peaks Wilderness

High Peaks from Whiteface Mountain

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