Reading the I LOVE NY fall foliage report for the Adirondacks is like scanning a description of fine wine. Take, for instance, this line: “Look for a lush kaleidoscope of dandelion. goldenrod, ginger, russet, orange crush, scarlet, raspberry, claret, and merlot leaves of above-average brilliance.” Curious to see those brilliant colors in action?
Here are some Ideas for short/easy hikes in the Adirondacks to best view the fall foliage and the brilliant colors this season:
- Cooper Kiln Pond: In Wilmington, a one-way hike from Franklin Falls Road (County 18) to Bonnieview Road (5.9 miles OW) showcases fall’s splendor off the beaten path.
- Anthony’s Nose Preserve (Putnam): Fall is the perfect time to try this short hike (.8 miles OW) with great views of Lake George. From “12 Short Hikes on Preserves Near Lake George” by Mike Lynch, multimedia reporter for the Adirondack Explorer. Lynch selected a dozen hikes in the vicinity of Lake George that can be done in a few hours.
- St. Regis Mountain (Paul Smith’s): Recommended in all seasons, with views of the St. Regis Canoe Area. The hike is about 3 miles long with a 1,235-foot vertical rise.
- Moxham Mountain (Minerva): This 2.7-mile trail was constructed in 2012. Starting on a dirt road on the north side of the mountain, the trail goes up a narrow ridge to Moxham’s 2,361-foot summit, with plenty of scenic vistas.
- Remsen Falls (Old Forge): From the Explorer’s “12 Short Hikes Near Old Forge” guidebook, a 0.7-mile walk to Remsen Falls on the South Branch of the Moose River. If you are looking for more to to, try Woodhull Mountain.
Leaf-peeping hot spots
Not up for hoofing it to get to the leaves? Here are some suggestions for scenic drives:
- Route 30: The corridor between Tupper Lake and Malone has plenty of color this time of year.
- Old Forge/Inlet: You can’t go wrong with spending some time in this part of the park in autumn.
- Newcomb/Blue Ridge Road: The town sets up a fun photo frame you can take pictures through and is also running a photo contest right now.
What else would you add? Leave your ideas in the comments section!