Best Backpacking in New York

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  • Backpack Harriman State Park

    While the first day is a bit longer and less exciting in terms of frequent landmarks, its a relaxing hike through rocky, wooded, forest among bountiful blueberry bushes and the occasional raspberry bush. Enjoy the isolation on this leg. The second...

    18 miles 1200 ft gain

  • Backpack the Eastern Half of Devil's Path in the Catskill Mountains

    The Eastern half of Devil's Path has four major summits: Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf and Plateau. Each summit is a straight climb up and down, then back up to as much as 3,900 ft. There are some sparse sections of level ground, but most is a st...

    14 miles 3900 ft gain

  • Hike Mt. Wittenberg

    Looking for a great day hike in the Catskill region of NY? Then you should definitely look into and consider tackling Mt. Wittenberg then. A challenging climb up but a very rewarding summit view.Starting at Woodland Valley Campgrounds visitor regi...

  • Hike Phelps and Tabletop Peaks

    The Adirondack Loj is a BEAUTIFUL place to go to, even if you do not plan on hiking. Located just ten minutes outside of the famous Lake Placid, you do not want to miss visiting this alluring Loj in the woods.Starting from Lot number 1 from the Ad...

    12.6 miles 3300 ft gain

  • Backpack Devil's Path in the Catskills

    Devil's Path is roughly more than 24 miles long, althought it feels like an eternity of milage. Going thru the summits of Indian head, Twin, Sugarloaf, Plateau, Hunter, and Westkill Mountains.Its brutal. Its painful, Its unique. Be prepared for an...

    24.2 miles 9000 ft gain

  • Hike Snowy Mountain Fire Tower

    Snowy Mountain is the largest mountain in this region of the Adirondacks, and with a 2100'+ elevation gain over the 3.5 mile ascent is actually more work than some of the famed High Peaks. Going north on Rt 30, the parking lot is marked as Snowy M...

    7.5 miles 2142 ft gain

  • Camp at the Shindagin Hollow Lean-To

    From the parking spot on Prospect Valley Rd., cross the footbridge as part of the Finger Lakes Trail due East. The trail will be marked with white blazes. As you follow the blazes you will hike up for about 0.5 miles, increasing elevation by about...

    1 miles 150 ft gain

  • Backpack the Catskill's Escarpment Trail

    The Escarpment Trail runs the length of the Catskill Escarpment. The Escarpment rises steeply from the valley below forming the northeast corner of the Catskill Mountains. It offers great views toward the Adirondack Mountains to the north and the ...

    32.4 miles 8000 ft gain

  • Hike Algonquin Peak

    Algonquin Peak, the second highest peak in New York, is one of the best hikes up in the Adirondack's. If you are looking for a challenging hike with views of the Adirondack park then this is a perfect hike.Starting at the Adirondack Loj, locate th...

  • Camp on Giant Ledge

    Giant Ledge is a great hike in the Catskills if you are looking for something short, with incredible views, and camping options. There are not many hikes with better views then this in the Catskills, so why not spend as much time as possible up th...

    1.5 miles 975 ft gain

  • Backpack to Malouf's Mountain Sunset Camp on Mt. Beacon

    Starting in the quaint town of Beacon there are a couple of options for hikes of varying difficulty. From the station the walk is about 1.5 miles to the trail heads, alternatively if you choose to stay the night at Malouf's Mountain Sunset Campgro...

    12 miles 1653 ft gain

  • Backpack the Dix Range

    Day 1The trail begins about a mile past the intersection of Rt. 73 and Rt. 9 just east of a bridge over the North Fork Boquet River. Note: this trail is unmarked, so be sure to have an accurate map of the area. I recommend going to The Mountainee...

    17 miles