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Baker – A Mountain for Everyone

October 5th was Baker Mountain day for 3rd graders at Petrova Elementary School in Saranac Lake. Approximately 60 students, teachers and parents walked from the school, through downtown and to the trailhead where the group met up with more parents for the climb to the top. 

Climbing Baker

It was a perfect day for a hike. The group enjoyed lunch and views at the top. Some kids had been on Baker before while others  hadn’t. 3rd grade teacher Bill Wilson challenged the kids to get out and enjoy the outdoors. He also told them about the Saranac Lake 6ers. A good number of students raised their hands when he asked who was working to become a 6er. 

Saranac Lake from Baker

Seeing your hometown from the top of a mountain gives you a different perspective whether you are 8, 38, or 68. No matter how many times I climb Baker it gives me something new to enjoy. For just a little effort Baker provides some varied and dramatic views. 

The kids enjoyed the day. Let’s hope the experience helps build in them an appreciation for the beautiful place they call home. 

Mckenzie and Haystack from Baker

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.

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:
6er Letter

McKenzie Mountain Wilderness

From Mckenzie

Three of the Saranac Lake 6er’s, Mckenzie, Haystack and Baker, are located in the 37,000 acre Mckenzie Mountain Wilderness. Despite its location between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, two of the largest communities in the Adirondacks, much of the area retains a wilderness feel and provides a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. There are 300 acres of old growth forest in the wilderness and along the ridges and false summits of Mckenzie, boreal forest dominates. From the summit of Mckenzie hikers can enjoy the scent of balsam fir while taking in views of its thriving neighboring communities of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid from two of its lookouts. Get out and enjoy some great hiking close to civilization. It’s what the Adirondacks are all about. Man and nature can coexist.

Hike Saranac Lake, start here!

So, you decided to hike the Saranac Lake area and are on the quest to become a Saranac Lake 6er. Awesome!

Now you are wondering where to start?! Do you tackle the ‘highest’ peak first or save it for last? Do you start with the peak the farthest from downtown Saranac Lake or the closest? Do you knock off the ones you know or venture off into the unknown ones?

Everyone has a personal strategy. But proven fact- people who hike like numbers.

So we broke it down. And numbers don’t lie- people love Baker Mt.!

Order of peaks by most popular start:

1.      Baker (88 people)

2.     Ampersand (68 people)

3.     St Regis (51 people)

4.     Scarface (40 people)

5.     McKenzie (27 people)

6.     Haystack (21 people)

Before you choose your 1st peak, stop by Berkeley Green in downtown Saranac Lake to sign-in at the 6er trail registry. Numbers aside, this is the unofficial “official” start to your 6er quest.

6er Sign In

6er Trail Guide

SaranacLake6-FinalForWeb150dpiThe 6er Trail Guide 2013 and 6er Trail Map 2013 are finally available online! Click these links to download the .pdf or visit the 6er Trail Guide Tab at the top of the page. Thank you to map designer John Barge and guide designer Kelly Brunette.

The trail guide is available at local motel, businesses who sponsored the guide, and at the Saranac Lake 6er Trailhead at Berkeley Green in Downtown Saranac Lake.

Become a 6er!

Become 6erOn May 25, 2013 a dozen people became Ultra 6ers! Since then 300 people have joined the roster. And it continues to grow every day! Click here to check out the roster.

Click here to find out how to become a 6er. Up for an extreme challenge? Become an Ultra 6er by completing all 6 climbs within any 24 hour period, beginning and ending at Berkeley Green in Downtown Saranac Lake.

Saranac Lake 6er Kick Off! May 25, 2013