Beyond the 240-mile Trans Adirondack Route, Friends of the Trans Adirondack Route offers an even stiffer challenge: to hike every mile of established foot trail within the Adirondack Park's High Peaks Wilderness Area.

The trail system of this 193,000-acre chunk of land totals 268 miles via 79 different trails ranging from 0.1 miles to 33.2 miles in length. During a quest to hike every mile of trail a hiker will visit the greatest features of New York State. These include the tallest rock face (Wallface Cliff), the highest peak (5,344-foot Mount Marcy), the highest body of water (Lake Tear of the Clouds at 4,318 feet), and eighteen of the forty-six High Peaks. Beyond these grand features a hiker will visit remote bodies of water, churning rivers, silent forests, and the nicest campsites in the park.

To get started on your journey, consult the chapter "Modern Explorers -- Trails" in our most recent publication, Among the Cloud Splitters: Place Names of High Peaks Wilderness Area, which is available through the Merchandise page of this website. This chapter contains the complete list of trails with accompanying mileages.

Once you have completed hiking every mile of trail, simply click on the Buy Now tab below. You will be directed to a link where you can order your official trail completer patch and official completer certificate for a measly $15, which includes free shipping. Once we receive your order we will add your name to the official trail completer roster, which can be viewed below.

Oh, and congratulations!

High Peaks Wilderness Area Trail Completers

Erik Schlimmer

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