The High Peaks Wilderness Complex is made up of approximately 275,460 acres. This wilderness draws heavy summer use but traffic slows in the fall, the best time to experience this area! There is something for everyone to enjoy. Hiking, cane/kayaking, mountain climbing, photography, biking or just taking a stroll up a shaded forest trail.
The High Peaks Wilderness Area is home to 36 of the 46 “High Peaks” of the Adirondacks, some of the most prominent and popular features of the region. The region is also home to some of the most beautiful creatures on earth, including the massive Moose, the iconic Bald Eagle, and even the gorgeous Great-Horned Owl! The moose is arguably the most iconic and majestic Adirondack animal. Despite its troubled history, the species has made a resurgence in recent years.
Many streams cascade from the mountain slopes, providing numerous scenic waterfalls, deep pools and brook trout fishing opportunities. Bring your camera!
Here you will experience Alpine meadows and the plants that inhabit them are small relics from the tundra that covered much of New York during last ice age. Rare plants include mountain sandwort, bearberry willow, and Boott’s rattlesnake root—each a fascinating specimen uniquely adapted to extreme conditions.
The Adirondack Canoe Route, which runs ninety miles from Old Forge to Saranac Lake, parallels the western boundary of the Wilderness Area for 23 miles (37 km) along the eastern shores of Long Lake and the Raquette River.
Following in the tradition of the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers 100 years before us, we also plan to spoil you rotten during your visit to the wilderness. When you book your New York’s Adirondack Adventure with Great Bike Tours you can look forward to staying in your own private luxury suite, exclusive tours of the local area and more!
Check out all of our destinations and itinerary online. We hope to see you in August!