Hiking in Adirondack Park

Hiking in Adirondack Park pic
Hiking in Adirondack Park
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A graduate of Rutgers University, where he received his bachelor of arts in economics, Steven Saslow served as chief investment officer of the Blackstone Relative Value Fund and a managing director at the Blackstone Group for more than 10 years. Outside of his current work as a consultant with Blackstone, Steven Saslow enjoys biking, rock climbing, and hiking in Adirondack Park.

Founded in 1892, New York’s Adirondack Park is the largest protected park in the lower 48 states. Made up of both public and private land and spanning seven distinct regions, the park has something for every outdoor enthusiast, including a wide variety of hiking trails.

Cascade Mountain. A relatively easy hike for beginners, Cascade Mountain is one of the most popular trails in Adirondack Park. With 2.4 miles to the summit, the trail takes hikers by the falls between the Cascade Lakes and up to one of the best views in the park. The current trail opened in 1974 and replaced a much narrower, steeper route to the summit.

Great Falls Loop. A 9.4-mile loop hike, the Great Falls Loop typically takes hikers all day to complete. Set in the Adirondack Mountain Reserve, a privately owned game reserve, the unmarked route goes past Rainbow Falls and Beaver Meadow Falls, in addition to a number of other, smaller waterfalls.

Sleeping Beauty. A winding, rocky trail that leads to views of Lake George, the Sleeping Beauty hike can be as short as 1.8 miles each way or 3.4 miles each way, depending on the conditions of the road to Darcy Clearing. Because it is made up of switchbacks and goes around cliffs, the trail is good for hikers with a medium level of experience.