These are the Go-To guides for the Adirondack Park. These guides are sold individually or combined with the corresponding National Geographic Map.
Eastern Trails 5th Ed.:
From subtle and serene shoreline views to lookouts and summits with spectacular vistas, the eastern region of the Adirondacks has much to offer hikers.
Eastern Trails, now in its 5th edition, includes long and short hikes and numerous trail revisions—but also many new trails, particularly on Lake George Land Conservancy preserves.
Visit these rolling mountains and foothills, numerous isolated ponds, and beautiful lakes. Explore the region’s fine lookouts and open rock knobs, which offer views of the High Peaks, Vermont, Lakes Champlain and George, and the hills of the eastern Adirondacks.
Softcover, 7″ x 5″, 304 pages.
Western Trails describes hiking opportunities defined by the Adirondack Park boundary to the north, west, and south and by the villages of Paul Smiths, Tupper Lake, and Long Lake to the east– arguably some of the wildest lands in the eastern United States.
Seven Wilderness Areas, thirteen Wild Forest Areas, the extensive St. Regis Canoe Area, one Primitive Area, and two state forests fall within this guide’s purview, as does the Cranberry Lake 50, a 50-mile hiker’s challenge. Softcover. 341 pages. 5.5″ x 8.5″.
This must have guidebook for the Catskill Region is coordinated with the National Geographic Trail Map # 755, which includes the entire Catskill Park on two sides of one map.
As always, each ADK guide supplies complete information on rules and regulations, how to find the trailhead, where to park, mileages, elevation gains and heights and all essential navigational information. Each trail is keyed to indicate its location on Trails Illustrated Map 755. Softcover. 255 pages. 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.
High Peaks Trails 15th Ed.:
The 15th edition of High Peaks Trails (published in 2021) is the flagship of ADK’s Forest Preserve Series of guidebooks and includes the 46 highest peaks in the Adirondacks.
Since the last edition was published, 47,000 acres of Forest Preserve have been added to the High Peaks Wilderness Area. The 15th edition addresses the significant zone changes that have been implemented by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, as well as new acquisitions, new trails, reroutes, restored and altered trailheads, and parking regulations.
Notable changes include Boreas Ponds access information, closure of the Porter Mt. trail from the Garden, numerous additions to the Champlain Valley trail network, and a whole new Northwestern Section, covering trails in the remote territory east of Route 30 north of Paul Smiths. Also new is a chart comparing approaches to Mount Marcy. The book is also smaller in size, to fit more easily into a backpack. Each trail is keyed to indicate its location on National Geographic Trails Illustrated Maps 742 and 746. Edited by Tony Goodwin.
312 pages. Softcover. New compact size: 5″ x 7″.
Northville Placid Trail Guide:
The 5th edition is part of ADK’s Forest Preserve Series of Adirondack and Catskill guides. This volume marks the relaunch of the series. Edited by Jeff and Donna Case, the volume has been extensively revised and redesigned, including a return to a smaller, more convenient size. The new edition’s arrival is a celebration of another sort as well: the text includes a detailed description of the long-awaited reroute of the Northville-Placid Trail’s (NPT’s) southern approach.
The NPT guide is 144 pages, 5″x7″, and includes 10 sections describing the NPT in detail, with a page map at the opening of each
The 4th edition of Central Trails is volume 3 of the Forest Preserve series. The scope of this guidebook has grown to include territory previously detailed in the Forest Preserve Series’ West-Central and Southern Region guides. This edition comprises significantly more trail descriptions, and revisions include the renumbering of all trails, with corresponding numbers on the National Geographic Northville/Raquette Lake Trails Illustrated map #744. The map also bears grid coordinates that correspond to each trail description.
The region’s defined boundaries include five designated wilderness areas: Siamese Ponds, Blue Ridge, West Canada Lakes, Pigeon Lake, and Silver Lake. More than half of the 132 mile Northville-Placid Trail meanders its way through the region, including the trail’s southern terminus in Upper Benson, just north of its formal start in Northville.
Softcover. 264 pages. 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″.