Into My Own
Adirondack Ranges
Adk Loj Rates
Ausable Club
Elk Lake
The Garden
Heart Lake
Upper Works
Marcy Dam
Lake Colden & Flowed Land
Big Slide
Cascade & Porter
Colvin & Blake
Dial & Nippletop
Dix Range
Dix Range from Elk Lake
Forest Primeval
Giant & Rocky Pk Ridge
Gray Peak
Lower Range
Macomb via West Slide
MacIntyre Range
Santanoni Range
Seward Range
Street & Nye
Upper Range
Whiteface & Esther
Indian Pass    

If the mountain you seek is not shown individually above, then it is included in one of the ranges listed above.  Just click on the "Mountain Ranges..." button just above to get a breakdown of the peaks in each range.  










Using Adirondack Journey 

At the left you'll see links to all the 46 High Peaks.  Where a  particular peak you may be looking for is a part of a larger range of peaks you must click on that range to see what is written there concerning that peak; e.g., the Santanoni Range is listed to the left.  The mountains that compose the Santanoni Range are not.  You will find them by clicking on Santanoni Range.    

 Trailheads:  Connect to the 6 main Adirondack trailheads by choosing one of  the "Main Trailheads" button.  Each major trailhead has  its own page where you can learn the details  on everything:  

  • Directions to the trailhead 

  • The parking situation

  • Info on the trails originating from the trailhead.   

 Miscellaneous Information:  Other pages include all sorts of things: view ratings from  each peak,  how to hang a bear bag, how to hike smart, an extensive thesis done by an RPI student on the geological history of the Adirondacks, etal.

Printing Pages From Adirondack Journey:  We see hikers carrying copies of the pages of Adirondack Journey with them on their hikes as supplements to whatever guide book they may be using.  We are flattered that they prove useful.  Due to moisture in the air it is advisable to seal the pages in a flat plastic sandwich bag to keep it from turning into a moist, gooey glob. 

The information in red print just below is provided at the suggest-ion of a few of our readers.  In the case of the ACC, however, it's because we occasion-ally meet them on the trail and they are about the friendliest people we ever run into.

Montreal Chapter of the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC)

Diagnose A Stroke and Survive a Heart Attack When Alone 



NEWS:  Please see "Special Announcement" below.

As a hiker all my life I've always found myself a bit frustrated that guide books to the Adirondack High Peaks are very rich in text, but very lacking in photos.   Or... you find only coffee table books that are rich in huge, colorful photos published on thick paper, but the photos are not backed up with the facts and text that hikers need.    Yet, as hikers know,  a photo of a key trail intersection or an explanation of how to ascend a particular slide are useful additions to any guide book.     

We may not have the perfect solution to these problems here at Adirondack Journey, but we come as close to it as you're going to find anywhere.  And do we need to point out that it is FREE?  The pages of Adirondack Journey over there on the left-hand margin of this page have probably one hundred times the quantity of annotated photos that you will find anywhere else.   You need only choose one of the peaks in that column and let her rip!  Click on it and see the photos pertaining to that peak, its trails, and a concise and  accurate description of what you want to know.  

We seek to give hikers photos of: 

  • the views from the top, 

  • the trails and anything that may pose problems to your passage,  

  • and points of interest along the way.   

Look first at the page that speaks to the peak you want to climb.  Typically, Adirondack Journey has anywhere from 15 to 40 photos of the hike there and these should go a long way toward answering most of your questions regarding the 46 Adirondack High Peaks. 

Over the past seven years my friend, Elaine, and I have  climbed all of the 46, sometimes twice, in order to give you a solid picture going up, going down, and in between.   In that time we have found that both experienced hikers and first-timers to hiking can gain more out of their next hike by using Adirondack Journey.   AND IT WILL ALWAYS BE FREE.

If you wish, we will help you choose a hike or a route commensurate with your abilities, ambitions, and time limitations.  We will answer your questions regarding views, short-cuts, black flies, bears, coyotes, wolves, or the current whereabouts of your ex (not that we want to get involved). 

BEAR CANS:  Bears are a fact of life in the Adirondacks.  Here are rules and/or suggestions for camping in the forest without getting into trouble with good old Bruno.   READ IT: 



The Peaks and Trailheads  are to your extreme left on the page margin.  You'll see that each of the 46 peaks either has its own page, or it is listed with the range that it is a part of.  We also include those peaks over 4000' that, due to measuring inaccuracies at the time, didn't make it into the list of 4000 footer's.  

Here are the details
When you click on a mountain or a trailhead you'll be taken to a complete hike (or several) to its summit with many photos and sufficient text.  If the mountain you are looking for is not listed in the list at the left, then it may be included in one of the ranges listed there.  These are: 

  • the Seward Range

  • the Santanoni Range

  • the Colvin Range

  • the Dix Range

  • the MacIntyre Range

  • the The Great Range (which, due to its size, is usually divided into two separate hikes:  Upper Range and Lower Range.  


Each page covers four major categories in photos, text, and maps.  You'll seldom find pictures of people since this is a guide book Each page covers four major categories in photos, text, and maps.  Each page covers four major categories in photos, text, and maps.  You'll seldom find pictures of people since this is a guide book

  • Trail Shots.  These are usually straight-ahead shots up or down the trail.  For example, if  you go to the Upper Works page, you'll find the Calamity Brook Trail from Upper Works to Lake Colden covered quite thoroughly so that there will be no surprises.

  • Obstacles & Hazards.  You'll see photos and detailed description of obstacles such as blow-down, very rocky terrain, water hazards, and any other impediment that you ought to be aware of before you start. 

  • Views.  Ah, yes!  This is the "candy", the great (or mediocre) views on the way up and from the summit.  If there is a 360 degree view, we'll capture it on our digital cameras for you.  If not, we'll get whatever there is that's worth seeing.  If you don't hike, but like beautiful scenery or want to reminisce, the photos are especially for you.    

  • Markings.  We capture the important trail markings that you'll be looking for:  man-made or natural.  We will also alert you to that easy-to-miss sign.

  • Find the B-47 Bomber.  Visit this crash site on Wright Peak.   


 How to hang a bear bag  just in case you do not have a bear can.    

  And some outstanding poetry from Robert Frost:       A Boy's Will  and       Birches   


UPDATE:  Special Announcement:

It is with great pleasure that we announce the pending transfer of AdirondackJourney to Joel's son Will Dobson.  Will spent nearly every summer in Port Henry, NY growing up and has hiked extensively in the Adirondacks.  He is on his way to becoming a 46er himself and he owns a camp in the area.

The webmaster Joel Dobson has unfortunately suffered from Alzheimer's disease since being diagnosed in May 2001 at the age of 53.  In April 2009 he finally had to enter an assisted living facility.  He will be only 62 in August!  But both of his parents had Alzheimer's and dementia so it must be genetic, although his parents developed their symptoms at a more "age appropriate" time in their late 70's and 80's.

Even though Joel hasn't updated this website for two years, the questions and comments that come in indicate that it is still a very useful website for hikers.  His view was always to try to present the Adirondacks from the point of view of the hiker and showed mundane things like trail signs, parking lots, etc. that could reassure the hiker they were on the right track.  In his day, Joel would spend HOURS researching and answering the questions that came in.  In the years 2000 - 2006 he was really able to give detailed, researched and personal advice on hikes.  It was almost as much fun for him as planning his own hikes.

In the interim, if you would be willing to answer question that come in such as "what would be a good day hike?", "will the black flies be bad on this date this year?", etc. that would be a great help.  At this time of year, we get 1 - 2 questions a day, not normally very complicated but requiring someone with the knowledge to respond.  Again, let us know at joel@adirondackjourney.com .     



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