Views and difficulty numeric rankings are based on a scale of 1-10, 10 representing the best views or hike of greater difficulty. Instead of trying to create a list of "best to worse", which I find impossible to do with 46 of anything, I simply ranked them based on my impression of their views and the difficulty of the hike (to the summit from the nearest trail head). Difficulty is determined partly by distance with more emphasis/weight placed on elevation gain. Views are a combination of items, from degree of panoramic to interesting local features. In some cases a panoramic is blocked by a large mountain (like Marcy from Skylight), which hinders some of the views. In other cases, like Gothics' Pyramid sub-peak, the views are limited but remarkable. It's important to remember that the peaks were ranked against each other. Easier peaks to climb, when compared to a 10, get a much lower rating. No peak is an easy climb, and despite some peaks having no views they are still an enjoyable hike for their beauty along the trial. I tried to take such nuances into consideration.
If you click on each mountain you will be brought to a hike description page, briefly explaining the rank it received. The intent of this page is not to be a substitute for the extensive work found on sites such as Adirondack Journey. My hope is to provide a quick reference, nothing more. As is the case with most things, this is subjective work and your mileage may vary. On any given day an "easy" peak could be a life altering experience (poor weather, fatigue, injury, etc). So be safe.
Adirondack High Peaks Ice Climbing December 31, 2011 / January 1 & 2, 2012
Adirondack High Peaks Rock Climbing Trip May 19 and 20, 2012
ADK Forum Weekend #3 01-07/08/09-05
Avalanche Pass and Marcy Dam 10-08-04
Baxter Mountain January 9, 2010
Blueberry Mtn 03-22-08
Chapel Pond Canyon Ice Climb December 24, 2010
Chapel Pond, Hoffman Notch Ice Climbing January 28 & 29, 2012
Duck Hole, Santanoni, Panther, Couchsachraga 05-27/28/29/30-05
Haystack Mt 11-25-07
Hoffman Notch Ice Climbing February 5, 2012
Hopkins Mountain February 20, 2011
Hopkins Mountain November 3, 2013
Hurricane, Lake Placid area 01-01/02-06
Hurricane Mt 07-22-07
Hurricane Mt February 21, 2010
Indian Head and Gill Brook 08-07-05
Jay Mountain November 30, 2013
John's Brook and Roaring Brook Falls 06-07-03
Moose and McKenzie 07-08-06
Noonmark and Round 06-18-06
Ouluska Pass, Duck Hole 05-25/26/27/28-07
Owl's Head Mountain June 13, 2010
Pitchoff Mountain, Barkeater Cliffs 08-16/17-08
Pyramid Peak, Gothics 08-25-05
Raquette River and Lower Falls 05-07-05
Raquette River retaining wall construction 08-17/18-07
Round Mountain, Noonmark September 25, 2010
Upper Washbowl, Roger's Rock June 18 and 19, 2011
Wallface, The Diagonal July 2, 2011
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