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Saranac Lake launches new 6er program

Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau at the Scarface Mountain trailhead. The 3054-foot elevation mountain is one of the six mountains hikers must climb to become Saranac Lake 6ers.

Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau at the Scarface Mountain trailhead. The 3054-foot elevation mountain is one of the six mountains hikers must climb to become Saranac Lake 6ers. Photo by Shaun Kittle.

The Saranac Lake 6ers

McKenzie Mt.: 10.6 miles round trip, 3822 feet elevation

Ampersand Mt.: 5.4 miles round trip, 3353 feet elevation

Scarface Mt.: 6.8 miles round trip, 3054 feet elevation

St. Regis Mt.: 6.6 miles round trip, 2874 feet elevation

Haystack Mt.: 6.6 miles round trip, 2864 feet elevation

Baker Mt.: 1.8 miles round trip, 2452 feet elevation

— If there’s 46 things the Adirondack High Peaks are known for, it’s mountains.

And those mountains are quite a draw for tourists.

The quest to become an Adirondack 46er, an elite title bestowed upon those who manage to reach the summit of each of the region’s 46 highest mountains, brings thousands of adventure seekers to the area every year.

But Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau wants the world to know that his village, on the fringe of the High Peaks region, has mountains, too.

So the village designated six mountains, all within 15 miles of Saranac Lake, as “6ers.”

“With this program, we’ve started to introduce our village to the hiking and climbing community within the Adirondacks,” Rabideau said. “This is a way to introduce Saranac Lake and our beautiful mountains to that community, from Montreal and further north to New York City and beyond.”

The mountains—McKenzie, Ampersand, Scarface, St. Regis, Haystack and Baker—are all smaller than their High Peak counterparts, and a determined hiker can complete all six in one day.

A map, created for the program as a donation by the Adirondack Park Agency, provides directions to each trailhead and information on each mountain.

To drum up excitement, and to discover who will officially become the first Saranac Lake 6er, a kick-off event will be held Saturday, May 25 at Berkeley Green in downtown Saranac Lake.

Hikers can begin registering for the competition at 7 a.m., and the official start time is 8 a.m.

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warrenhenery 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Great initiative - sure to draw lots of people in the region. Of course, you already have quite a few people hiking in the Adirondacs... We in Europe here haven't caught on to "programs" like this... all we do is climb Mont Blanc and go home :) we don't get patches and badges... and the French staff at the hut below Mont Blanc are nowhere near as welcoming as you folks :) The shopping spree addition with local businesses is genuine. It's great to see mayors getting involved in this kind of stuff.

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