High Peaks region lies predominantly within Essex County (with just a few of its mountains spreading over to Franklin County) and boasts some of the most rugged terrain within both Adirondack Park and the Northeast.
It is home to 46 majestic High Peaks (designated mountains over 4000 ft) that lured thousands of people into the 46-r quest since 1924 after first ascent of all 46 by Marshall brothers – the founders of this challenging but very rewarding tradition.
The region includes vast tracts of protected land designated “forever wild” such as High Peaks Wilderness, Dix Mountain Wilderness, Giant Mountain Wilderness and Hurricane Mountain Wilderness, which are abundant in hiking trails of all lengths and levels of endurance, rocky slabs (perfect for soaking in sun and catching sunsets!) and reviving mountain streams and waterfalls (great for your feet on a hot summer day).
The trail towns of Keene and Keene Valley have all one needs for a relaxing stay, be it the purpose or the after-hike R&R: comfy cabins, hearty meals, rustic shops and great companionship.
Attention hikers: please make sure to check trail conditions in the High Peaks, before you hit the road, as impatient as you may be to bag that next peak of yours. We care about your safety!