Best Outdoor Adventures In Saranac Lake, NY
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Saranac Waterfront Lodge provides picturesque and well-appointed lakeside accommodations within the Adirondack High Peaks Region, offering our guests not only superb opportunities for laidback R&R, but also an absolute wealth of outdoor adventures.
Indeed, we wager that the High Peaks country, including our very own Saranac Chain of Lakes, ranks among the very best vacationlands for outdoor enthusiasts in the entire country. And it’d be our pleasure to host you as you explore those rich opportunities for hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, paddling, and more!
Here’s a survey of just some of said opportunities…
Hiking Out of Saranac Lake
You’re truly spoiled for choices when it comes to hiking on a Saranac Waterfront Lodge getaway, and there are trails for just about everybody. They range from easy, in-town rambles—such as those available on the milelong paved Riverwalk—to demanding treks in the wild backcountry of the Adirondacks.
One fantastic hiking goal—which could be pursued (depending on your schedule and ambitions) in a single getaway with us or multiple visits—is the Saranac Lake 6er Challenge. This lays down the pleasant gauntlet of ascending each of the six Adirondack summits encircling the Saranac Lake area, which include:
- Baker Mountain (2,452 feet)
- St. Regis Mountain (2,874 feet)
- Scarface Mountain (3,088 feet)
- Ampersand Mountain (3,353 feet)
- Haystack Mountain (2,864 feet)
- McKenzie Mountain (3,822 feet)
Expect dazzling views—from bird’s-eye prospects of the Saranac Chain of Lakes to long-reaching sightlines into the High Peaks, including to Mount Marcy, the 5,343-foot crown of New York State—from those coveted mountaintops!
If you’re in the mood to grind out some miles in pedal-powered fashion, you’re also sitting pretty with a room or suite at Saranac Waterfront Lodge. Nearby mountain-biking possibilities include the Mount Pisgah and Flume Trail systems.
Our region is just as popular for wintertime recreation. Use Saranac Waterfront Lodge as a springboard for enjoying the ski runs over at the Village of Saranac Lake’s own Mount Pisgah Recreation Center, or head up to celebrated Whiteface Mountain, with its impressive 3,430 feet of vertical and 90-plus trails (among them a Double Black Diamond run).
Boating & Paddling
Watersports come with the territory on a getaway to the Saranac Chain of Lakes, which includes Oseetah, Kiwassa, and Lower/Middle/Upper Saranac lakes as well as First and Second ponds—and our very own Lake Flower, on the shores of which we sit here at the Lodge!
Our private boat dock on Lake Flower’s Pontiac Bay gives you access to more than 20 miles of navigable waterways, with kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, pontoon boats, and fishing boats available for rent.
Experience the Great Outdoors of the Adirondack Mountains During a Stay at Saranac Waterfront Lodge
This blogpost has barely sketched out the basics of outdoor recreation in the Saranac Lake, NY area, but if nothing else we hope it’s whetted your appetite! Come join us and dive into some Adirondack adventuring while enjoying our pampered lakeside hospitality.