Updated: May 24, 2021
Trailhead parking in the High Peaks Wilderness is limited and in high demand. To help you plan for your trip, we have listed below in alphabetical order all of the major trailheads in the High Peaks Wilderness, what peaks are most accessible for day-hikers, and other important info you need to know about each parking area. Additionally, we have included four tips for parking in the area to maximize your experience.
1. Parking Fills Early and Often
We expect many parking areas to fill quickly this summer. In summers past, lots typically filled up before 7am on weekends and before 9am on weekdays. We strongly recommend arriving early if you want to park at trailheads in the High Peaks region.
2. Have a Backup Plan
We recommend having at least two alternative hikes in mind before you reach the High Peaks region, including non-high peak destinations. However, if you’re set on a specific mountain, it’s a good idea to research alternative routes and trailheads for accessing that peak. If one lot is filled, you might have better luck at the next one.
3. Some Parking Areas Require Fees or Reservations
Be aware that some trailheads require fees to park. These go towards the maintenance of those facilities, local trail networks, and more. Additionally, the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR), which is accessed via the St. Huberts parking lot, requires a free reservation to access from May 1 to Oct 31. No walk-ins from other parking areas or drop-offs are allowed to enter the property without a reservation.
4. Get a Bear Canister in Advance
If you are backpacking in the Eastern/Central High Peaks Wilderness, you are required by state law to store your food and scented items in a hard sided bear-resistant canister. We recommend that you rent or buy these in advance so you can hit the trail without delay on your intended departure date. You can rent or buy these at the Heart Lake Program Center, Eastern Mountain Sports in Lake Placid, and The Mountaineer in Keene Valley.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our High Peaks Information Center staff at 518-523-3441 ext. 121 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more by picking up an ADK guidebook and map.