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Spring into Peak Shape Before Summer

If you're anything like me, no amount of snowshoeing could keep up with the rich foods I just couldn't keep away from this winter and my vitamin D levels are at an all-time low. Now that the ice is out, and the lower trails are starting to dry, I'm looking forward to playing outside and getting into peak shape for peak season.

For those of us who privileged to live in the Adirondacks, winter is magical. With the arrival of snow and cold temperatures comes cozy clothes and crackling fires, snow sports and snow angels, hot beverages and hearty stews and so much more. But for even the most ardent winter fun participant, there comes a time, whether it's snowing or not, when winter is over and it needs to go away. And let's face it; unless you're a winter Olympian, beef or winter vegetable stew followed up by even a small apple tart for days on end makes us all a little more... huggable... whether we like it or not.

So in the spirit of possibility and potential that seems to travel with spring, I've put together a list of easy spring hikes with great views that will get you ready for warm temperatures and summer adventures, like these Adirondack hikes for families that can be enjoyed on your next summer vacation.

Five Easy Spring Hikes to Get in Shape for Summer

Bloomingdale Bog

First on our list is less of a hike and more of a walk, but trust me, the Bloomingdale Bog trail is the perfect place to reintroduce outdoor exercise to your life. The relatively flat, open, and straight trail starts in Bloomingdale, NY and ends 10 miles away in Saranac Lake, NY (or vice versa). The negligible incline won't leave most people winded after the first eighth of a mile but the length of the trail means you can walk to your heart's content. It is also a great trail for doing some bird watching as the birds migrate back north!

  • 12 miles from High Peaks Resort

dense foliage, moving water, blue skies
Afternoon at the Bog

Paul Smiths VIC

The Visitors Interpretive Center at Paul Smiths College is a one-stop shop for spring conditioning. With 3,000 acres to explore, the VIC offers a little bit of everything; from the wheelchair accessible Barnum Brook trail to the rolling terrain of Black Pond or Heron Marsh or the steeper climb of Jenkins Mountain. And to make things even better, the VIC hosts a smorgasbord of public programs with local naturalists to combine fresh air and learning (sign us up for the Wild Edibles Walk)!

  • 22 miles from High Peaks Resort

Abundant Flora at Paul Smiths College VIC
Abundant Flora at Paul Smiths College VIC.

Henry's Woods

Just a hop, skip and a jump from High Peaks Resort, the five trails of Henry's Woods offer a wealth of spring conditioning opportunities. Easy to moderate in elevation, the Henry's Woods trail system can be combined in lots of different ways to add elevation, distance or just to keep things interesting. 

  • 2 miles from High Peaks Resort

Henry's Woods
Take a Walk through Henry's Woods

Baker Mountain

Clocking in at under a mile to the summit, Baker Mountain is a great hike when you're ready for a little elevation, but not too much. And the pay off makes it so worth it. At the summit, you'll see the town of Saranac Lake, the Mackenzie Mountain wilderness area and the Adirondack High Peaks in the distance.

  • 9 miles from High Peaks Resort

Overlooking the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Flower and the town of Saranac Lake from the summit of Baker Mountain.
Sunset on Baker Mountain

Cobble Hill

There are two ways up Cobble Hill, the easy route or the steep route, and both will make you sweat. The steep route, a 0.8-mile scramble up over rough trail and bare rock, is an easy challenge for the experienced hiker while the easier route is a great beginner hike that is less steep, but not effortless. And the fact that you can walk to it from the hotel? What more could you want?

  • 1 mile from High Peaks Resort

View of the Adirondack Mountains and High Peaks from the summit of Cobble Hill on a partly cloudy day.
Adirondack Mountains from the Cobble Hill Summit

Hiking When Muddy

It's important to remember that if conditions are muddy, trails should be used with extra care (or avoided) so as not to increase erosion. If you encounter a muddy section of trail you should go through it, not around it as continued side-stepping widens the trail.

Anne Experiences

Born and raised in NYC to a born and raised New Yorker and a straight-off-the-boat Irishman, Anne spent summers working at the New York Renaissance Faire, and has an enduring passion for singing and literature. After graduation, she moved to the Adirondacks and she's never looked back.

Now she spends her days exploring in the mountains, snowshoeing to beautiful locations and telling you all about it.

Leave No Trace

Please help us preserve the Adirondack Mountains so that many generations to come can enjoy them as much as we are now.

Safe Hiking for Your Whole Family

When hiking in the Adirondacks one can never be too careful. It's important to remember that although the Adirondack Mountains are just a few hours from home, the mountains are wild country and can be dangerous if underestimated. No trip is worth it if any member of your family will risk overexertion.

Visit Adirondacks is a great resource for easily accessible recommendations on hiking in the Adirondacks, from experienced hikers like more great hikes for families, great hikes for dogs, and more.

For information on trail conditions and safety, please refer to the NYS DEC.

Bed & Breakfast

Enjoy the breakfast of your choice at the world-famous Dancing Bears Restaurant for each person each day!

Our Hotel is Your Lake House

With more than just comfortable, Adirondack lake character, a stay at Lake House puts you one threshold away from everything you want to see in the High Peaks Region.

The Adirondacks are yours. What they mean, how they inspire, is totally up to you.

Sunset through a set of wide bay windows