The Lake Placid 9'er, an Adirondack hiking challenge based in the Lake Placid, NY region, was created in 2018. The 9er's mission is to attract seasoned hikers as well as those who are new to hitting the trails, offering a chance to explore some of the Lake Placid region's smaller peaks, all of which can be conquered in a morning or afternoon. The peaks were selected to offer some of Lake Placid's most breath taking views, without taking the 4000+ ft climb that the popular 46 Adirondack high peaks require tackling. The 9'er offers a true Lake Placid experience, including unbeatable views of the surrounding high peaks and the popular Whiteface Mountain, a chance to scale an ADK fire tower, and a trip to the historic Adirondack Loj. Are you ready to take the challenge?
Although the 9'er is comprised of some of Lake Placid's smaller, less traversed peaks, please keep in mind that it is still a challenge. Seasoned hikers may choose to tackle the peaks as they see fit, but if you are new to hiking the Adirondacks, we recommend hiking the peaks in the order that they are listed, by level of difficulty. The peaks have been chosen in a way that hiking them in order will prepare your body (and lungs) for the hike ahead. The challenge can be accomplished in the standard form, as an ULTRA 24-hour challenge, or as a Winter challenge.
Once you've conquered all 9 peaks, you are eligible to become an official Lake Placid 9'er! To receive your LP 9'er patch, sticker and official LP 9'er number, please complete the registration form (found here), and send it in, along with your $10 registration fee. Your name and official LP 9'er number will be listed in the roster.