From the Saranac Lake Six to the CATS Trails on Lake Champlain - Explore the Adirondacks of Northern New York Adirondack Region, N.Y. - The Adirondack Region of New York boasts the largest trail system in the state, winding more than 2,000 miles through mountains, rivers and lakes to offer unparalleled hiking experiences for all abilities. From the newly crowned "Saranac Six," to the Champlain Area Trails system (CATS), now is the time to get outside and explore in the Adirondack Mountains. The CATS trails, located along the coast of Lake Champlain, offer some new hiking experiences up Boquet Mountain, around Beaver Flow and through the Splitrock Wild Forest. Find easy-to-moderate hiking trails perfect for families with children. The Saranac Lake Six, a new hiking challenge for visitors to the Adirondacks, kicked off the summer hiking season in May, challenging hikers to conquer six of the highest peaks in the Adirondack Lakes Region. Complete all six and become an official "6er." Climb all six and one day and earn one of the first spots on the "Ultra 6er" list. With a total ascent of more than 18,000', the Saranac Lake Six present a challenging hiking experience for a weekend or summer spent in the Adirondacks. They are:
- McKenzie Mountain - the tallest 6er and the longest trail at 10.6 miles round-trip, begin at the trailhead located on NYS Route 86 between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.
- Ampersand Mountain - its bald summit offers panoramic views. Begin the 5.4 miles round-trip hike at the trailhead located on Route 3 between Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake.
- Scarface Mountain - a moderate 6.8 mile round-trip hike, with great views of the lakes, the trailhead is located on Old Ray Brook Road, just 0.1 miles from Route 86 in Ray Brook.
- St. Regis Mountain - offers a steep climb to the summit crowned by an old fire tower. Begin the 6.6 mile round-trip hike at the trailhead located on Keese Miles Road.
- Haystack Mountain - located about half-way along the McKenzie Mountain trail, Haystack offers 180-degree views and is 6.6 miles round-trip.
- Mount Baker - one of the quickest yet steepest trails at 1.8 miles round-trip. The trailhead is located on Moody Pond Road in Saranac Lake.
###Contact: Rebecca Steffan (518) 523-9258 Rebecca@Inphorminc.com Adirondack Regional Tourism Council