Adirondack Hiking and Camping

Photographs by Shaun O'Boyle

Every year I make several trips up to the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York State for hiking and camping. It is a beautiful area located west of Lake Champlain, the mountains surround the towns of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. The Adirondacks offers some of the best hiking, camping and recreation opportunities in the northeastern United States. The hills are big for the North East; it is known as the High Peaks region, Mt. Marcy reaches 5,344 ft, Algonquin is 5,114 ft, and there are more than 40 peaks over 4000 ft tall so the hiking can be challenging but the views that you get while ascending, and while standing on the summits are well worth the effort. What follows is a sampling of the photographs I have taken while hiking and camping in the the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks over the past ten years. I have many more photographs of this area on file if you are interested in purchasing prints of photographs.

On the access trail to Nippletop and Colvin you hiking along Gill Brook where you come upon many flumes and waterfalls like this one.

Lake Colden in the dawn light, on our first trip to the high peaks we hiked into Lake Colden with full backpacks over Avalanche pass, it was the last time we hiked into the high peaks with full packs, very tough going, its better to set up a base camp and do most of your hiking as day hikes.

Lake Colden through the trees.

Lake Arnold during a thunderstorm, weather is very changeable in the adirondacks, so be prepared with good equipment and always carry clothing for all weather.

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Black Brook, this brook is located near the Johns Brook Lodge on the access trail to Yard mountain.




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