Best trails' suggestions
You don't know where to start? You had brought an Adirondack's book but wandering what are the best trail to hike. Here is the list of our suggestions for day hike grouped by category as: easy (3 to 7 hours), moderate (7 to 9 hours) and hard (9 to 11 hours).
Easy hikes    
Cascade/Porter or Pitch off
This is a good initiation to the Adirondack mountain. Cascade is one of the most popular summits over 4,000 feet. It's a short hike and it summit offers an open 360 degree view. The whole hike to Cascade is 7.5 km long. If you look for a longer one, than add Porter on your way to Cascade, it's an other 4,000 feet summit with a nice view over Cascade summit. At the opposite, if you look for a shorter hike, go to Pitchoff summit. The trail starts just on the other side of the main parking lot for Cascade.

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Algonquin/Wright
This is the second highest peak of the Adirondack at 5,114 feet. A well maintained and very large trail gets to its summit with many habitat changes. If you look for a shorter hike, then look for Wright Peak from a side trail on your way up to Algonquin. The whole hike to Algonquin is 13 km long.

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Giant
This summit is sitting apart from the main area where is Marcy and the other highest peaks. Its half covered has an open view toward those other highest peaks. The best hike follows the Ridge Trail where a long section in the middle of your way up is on open rock. The whole hike is 9.5 km long.

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Phelps
A small summit from the list of those over 4,000 feet but its half open summit has one of the best views in the Adirondack. Over 10 km of the trail is on flat or low grade ground. The whole hike is 14 km long.

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Noonmark
An open summit that is just under the 4,000 feet level, very similar to Cascade. It has a better viewpoint toward many of the highest peaks than Cascade. If you're looking for a longer trail, it's possible to make a loop and even add Round Mountain on your way. The shortest hike has a total of 6.6 km.

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The Brothers
This is not a true summit, but a group of three great viewpoints toward the Great Range. The shortest hike to the second Brother (the best one) has a total of 5,7 km.

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Bald Peak
A bare rock summit part of a long ridge with many interesting viewpoints. The whole hike is 12.4 km long.

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Moderate hikes    
The Algonquin tour
An introduction the many landscapes of mountains, brooks and lakes of the Adirondack. The best way to discover the second highest summit of the Adirondack with a trip to some remote areas. The whole hike is a loop of 19 km. This may look very long but its all downhill after the summit of Algonquin. All the beautiful nature scenes make this one a must to do for a hiker with an average experience.

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Gothics
Gothics, the 10th highest peak, has an impressive 360 view. This proposed hike is less popular than the one starting from The Garden, but it has a lot of things to see as: many viewpoints of the Gothics Arch, an impressive ascent to the Pyramid summit on your way down and a passage near two of the highest waterfalls in the Adirondack. The whole hike is a loop of 21 km. The only drawback is the long and doll Lake Road you will walk on your way in and out.

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Colden
Colden is located between Marcy and Algonquin. It offers a 360 summit view and a long open ridge. This trip is an other way to visit the great area of Avalanche Pass. The whole hike is a loop of 21 km.

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Dix
Dix is one of the most Southward 4,000 feet summit of the Adirondack High Peaks Region. Starting from the parking lot on Rte 73, this hike follows a brook for almost 3 km but has a last section toward the summit of Dix that is one of the steepest of the Adirondack. The whole hike is 22 km long.

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Colvin/Indian Head
This summit is less visited than the other highest peaks, but has many interesting things to offer. Part of the trail is along Gill Brook with its many water cascades. The trail section after the junction to the Dix summit is very steep by place and passes over many small summits along a tree covered ridge. On your way down, don't miss Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs. They are two great viewpoints on the lakes and mountains. The whole hike is a loop of 20 km.

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Hard hikes    
Marcy
Marcy is the highest summit of the Adirondack. A long day hike is possible for hikers in good shape. This is an easy trail to follow with a very large path but its very long distance place it in the hard hike section. The whole hike is a loop of 26 km compared to 24 km if you return by the same trail.

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Basin/Saddleback
Basin has one of the best views over all the other highest peaks. It's located just in the middle of the group and offers a close look to many of them. To add to this already great hike, the best moment is the ascent of the very steep Saddleback's West side cliff. This section may be very dangerous under icy condition. The whole hike is 27 km long and begins at The Garden.

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Haystack
Haystack has a very distinctive shape summit with a long open ridge. Its remote location and a close view of the best side of Marcy make it a great hike. The whole hike is 28 km long.

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Rocky Peak Ridge
An often forgotten summit because it stands apart from the main Marcy area. This trip follows a very long ridge with a lot of ascents and descents. This is a great trail to do in fall. The whole hike is 21.4 km long.

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Macomb
Macomb is an example of a very nice trail less peak. Suggested to experienced hikers only. This trip offers an impressive cliff on the last third of the trail. Be careful, because this cliff has a lot of loose rock that may hit other hikers lower than you. The whole hike is 21.8 km long.

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