This is a newer hiking challenge (2018) centered around Lake Placid, NY, and features 9 peaks under 4000′ that still give hikers a great Adirondack experience. It includes incredible views of the high peaks, a fire tower, and a trip to the Adirondack Loj (yes, I spelled that right!).
The peaks are listed in order of trail length:
|Big Crow Mountain||1.4 miles||2815′|
|Cobble Hill||2.2 miles||2332′|
|Baxter Mountain||2.4 miles||2440′|
|Mt. Jo||2.6 miles||2876′|
|Mt. Van Hoevenberg||4.4 miles||2940′|
|Bear Den||4.5 miles||2650′|
|Pitchoff Mountain||5.2 miles||3500′|
|Hurricane Mountain||6.8 miles||3678′|
For more information about each trail, including GPS coordinates of their trailheads, head over to https://lakeplacid9er.com/the-peaks. They even give recommendations in how to group the peaks to complete it all in a weekend:
Day 1: Big Crow, Baxter, Hurricane
Day 2: Pitchoff, Mt Jo, Van Hoevenberg, Cobble Hill
Day 3: Bear Den, Catamount
Once you’ve completed all 9 peaks, fill out this form and send it, with $10, to :
Lake Placid 9er
PO Box 1310
Lake Placid, NY 12946
See the Lake Placid 9er website for more details.
Update: I finally sent in my form!