Saranac Lake 6er Trail Day

6er Trail day

St. Regis

St. Regis is always recognizable by its profile and fire tower. It affords 365 degree views. This view of St. Regis is from the Paul Smiths VIC.


Summit View Maps

Summit View Maps for Four Peaks in the “Saranac Lake 6er” Challenge

Bear Essentials Apparel, 97 Main Street, Saranac Lake, is now a reseller for “Thatcher’s Peak Finders”, including their most popular deck that features the views from summits surrounding Saranac Lake.

That deck, “Thatcher’s Peak Finder for the Northern Adirondacks” identifies the summit views of ten peaks, including Baker, Haystack, Ampersand, and St. Regis Mountains—four of the best summit views in the “Saranac Lake 6er” Challenge.

“There are lots of great hiking guides for the Adirondacks”, said Greg Moore, owner of Bear Essentials Apparel, “But when you reach the summits and overlooks one question still remains: What are we looking at?”

“Thatcher’s Peak Finder for the Northern Adirondacks” answers that question. In addition to the four “Saranac Lake 6er” peaks, it also identifies the fantastic views from Whiteface and Cascade (both HighPeaks), Azure and Mt Arab (both with fire towers), Jenkins (Paul Smiths Interpretive Center) and Owls Head (Malone).

The views from these ten peaks include over 5,000 square miles of mountains, lakes, and rivers. Forty of the historic 46 Adirondack High Peaks can be seen, plus almost 200 other peaks and landmarks are also identified.

Trail Book

“Whether you are a new visitor to the Adirondacks or an old friend of the mountains, we think you’ll be surprised and delighted by what you can see and identify from these summits, on your way to meeting the ‘Saranac Lake 6er’ Challenge”, said Moore.

Small enough to tuck into a day pack’s pocket, Thatcher’s Peak Finders have a sturdy plastic rivet that holds the entire deck of line drawings together, allowing individual pages to simply rotate out like the blade of your favorite pocket knife. The pages’ detailed drawings are created from original photography shot specifically for each peak, so they represent what hikers will typically see without binoculars, and without distortion.

Decks of Thatcher’s Peak Finders range in price from $11.00 to $16.95.
For more information, and for apparel with the official “Saranac Lake 6er” logo, visit
Bear Essentials Apparel in Saranac Lake, (518) 891-8191.

Scarface Mountain

A number of current and aspiring 6er’s have asked for clarity regarding the summit of Scarface. For the purpose of completing Scarface to become a Saranac Lake 6er, the summit is located where the trail stops and there is a small disc on a tree.

The National Geographic Map for the area (shown below)  accurately reflect the trail and summit and indicates that the trail is 3.4 miles long.


The DEC trailhead sign for Scarface also indicates that the trail is 3.4 miles long.

Scarface Trailhead

There is no view whatsoever from this true summit so it is understandable why many hikers stop and turn around where the partial views are located but if you want to avoid the Kiwassa Curse the true summit must be your destination.

Sum(mit) of the Parts

Downtown Saranac Lake is a unique and special place. Hundreds of communities throughout the country would love to have such a great combination of architecture, locally-owned businesses, art galleries, walkability and activity in their downtown. On the other hand, there are hundreds of small, attractive and thriving downtowns and main streets across the country. So Saranac Lake is hardly one of a kind.

The Adirondack wilderness is a unique and special place. Communities throughout the country would love to have a protected wilderness with a combination of mountains, lakes and forests nearby to leverage as a quality of life asset. On the other hand, the Adirondacks aren’t the only place that has mountains, lakes or forests.

But when the search for places that have a great downtown AND proximity to a great wilderness, the list gets much shorter. Saranac Lake has both and as a result it can be considered among the most special places anywhere.


Baker Mt. from Downtown Saranac Lake

Baker Mt. from Downtown Saranac Lake

The Baker Mountain trailhead is only .9 miles from the center of Downtown Saranac Lake and it is not uncommon to see bicycles chained to the trailhead sign. Berkeley Green was chosen as the Saranac Lake 6er trailhead to symbolize the connection and relationship between the natural beauty of the Adirondack wilderness and the man-made beauty of Saranac Lake. The more we recognize and enhance the qualities of both the better off Saranac Lake will be. The result of having both assets in one community is that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Late fall hiking

Over the last couple days the Saranac Lake 6ers , along with peaks all over the Adirondacks, received their first dusting of snow. It seems a little late but we all knew it was coming. The leaves are off, temperatures are falling and fair weather hikers are heading home. For some the hiking season is over. But people that limit hiking to summer and early fall when there are leaves on trees miss the opportunity to take in unique views only available when leaves are off. So grab a coat -and a hat and gloves- and get out and enjoy the 6ers from a different perspective.

6er Entrepreneurs

The Saranac Lake 6er’s have inspired t-shirts, hats, stickers, beer and now…wine. Saranac Lake Discount Liquors, on Main Street in Downtown Saranac Lake recently unveiled its first 6er wine, Baker Mt. Chardonnay. The business will soon have a distinct wine and label for each of the 6er’s.

Baker Mt. Chardonnay

Baker Mt. Chardonnay

It is great to see the creativity of local entrepreneurs connecting their business to the Saranac Lake 6er’s.

The most important goal of the program is to get people out to enjoy the wonderful wilderness that surrounds Saranac Lake and have great experiences with friend and family.

But another goal is to increase awareness of the Saranac Lake community and its many assets, including its local businesses. The Saranac Lake 6er name and logo are trademarked and may be used under license and the proceeds from the licensing agreement are used to offset the costs of the program such as printing 6er trail guides.

We hope to see more local businesses tying a product or service they provide to the Saranac Lake 6er name. The 6er Team welcomes Saranac Lake Discount Liquors as it joins Bear Essentials and Grizle-T’s as local businesses who have licensed the 6er name.


Saranac Lake 6ers: Letter of the Week

Here at 6er ‘headquarters’ we get a lot of amazing letters.
The kind that bring a smile to your face.
Here is the letter of the week:
Letter of the Week

Visit EMS Club Days

Hey 6er’s! The 6er Team and fellow 6er volunteers will be at Eastern Mountain Sports Club Days in Lake Placid on Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th. Come and say hello and share your stories with us. By the way, if you are a 6er, we’ll give you a free 6er sticker just for stopping by and saying hello! All you have to do is tell us your name and 6er #. Can’t wait to see you Friday or Saturday. Until then enjoy this view of Ampersand from Lower Saranac Lake.

Ampersand from Lower Saranac

Ampersand from Lower Saranac


Saranac Lake 6ers: Letter of the Week

Here at 6er ‘headquarters’ we get a lot of amazing letters.
The kind that bring a smile to your face.
Here is the letter of the week:
6er Letter