Tupper Lake Triad

ATTENTION: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that all public fire towers in New York will be closed.

All public trails are still open and fire tower peaks can be climbed, but hikers are advised to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet apart - which the fire tower cabs are too small to accommodate. The DEC also recommends hikers avoid busy trailheads and explore hikes and outdoor adventures close to home.

The Tupper Lake Triad

The Adirondacks is the home of hiking challenges, and the most family-friendly of those is right around Tupper Lake. With just three mountains needed to complete the Tupper Lake Triad, you can work on this one over a weekend or wrap it up in the morning and have lunch in town while you fill out the registration form. The Triad is the perfect starter challenge for those just getting in to hiking or for hikers looking to expand their patch and sticker collection.

A year-round Adirondack hiking challenge

In 2015, a new hiking challenge called the Tupper Lake Triad was launched in the Tupper Lake region of the Adirondacks. The three family-friendly mountains - each of which is within a few minutes of the village - boast outstanding views of the surrounding mountains and lakes from their summits, which are reached via well-maintained and well-marked state Department of Environmental Conservation trails. After successfully hiking all three peaks, register on the official Triad roster and receive a patch -- and bragging rights, of course.

Meet the peaks

Earn an Adirondack hiking challenge patch by climbing the following three mountains, each of which is within a short drive of Tupper Lake:

  • Mount Arab
    A fire tower awaits those who make the moderately steep climb up this mountain. Mount Arab also counts as one of the Adirondack fire tower hiking challenge peaks.
    Distance, one way: 1 mile | Elevation: 2545 feet | Ascent: 764 feet
     
  • Coney Mountain 
    Enjoy superior views with little effort from Coney's rocky summit. Be sure to return in summer to enjoy some of the wild blueberries that dominate the open summit.
    Distance, one way: 1.1 miles | Elevation: 2280 feet | Ascent: 548 feet
     
  • Goodman Mountain 
    This mountain, named after civil rights activist Andrew Goodman, has it all: History, wheelchair accessibility for the first quarter mile, and great views from the summit.
    Distance, one way: 1.7 miles | Elevation: 2178 feet | Ascent: 581 feet

How to register

There are two different patches, summer and winter, that you can receive for completing the Tupper Lake Triad.

  • Summer Triad: Hike all three peaks between March 21 and Dec. 19 to receive the summer hiking patch.
  • Winter Triad: Hike all three peaks between Dec. 20 and March 20 to receive the winter hiking patch.

Once completed, download the Tupper Lake Triad registration form and mail it with your $5 registration fee to: TL Triad, 121 Park Street, Tupper Lake, NY 12986.

Please make checks payable to ROOST (Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism)

Disclaimer: Patches could take up to 3 weeks to be received. 

Ready for more?

The Tupper Lake Triad is a great way to get warmed up for some of the other hiking challenges in the Adirondacks. Check out the Saranac Lake 6er, the Lake Placid 9'er, or the Tri-Lakes Trifecta challenges!

Leave No Trace

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

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Tupper Lake Triad

# Name City, State Date Started Date Completed
5304. Katharine Snook Warren, Vermont 08/10/2019 08/10/2019
5303. Sam Ludlam Norwood, New York 08/10/2019 08/10/2019
5302. Cameron Moreno Yorktown Heights, New York 08/03/2019 08/04/2019
5301. Cecilia Mehta Washington, District Of Columbia 08/18/2019 08/21/2019
5300. shaun Moreno Yorktown Heights, New York 08/03/2019 08/04/2019
5299. Sarah Flisikowski Kingston, ON 07/26/2019 07/28/2019
5298. Jaya Mehta Washington, District Of Columbia 08/18/2019 08/21/2019
5297. James Quant Norwood, New York 08/10/2019 08/10/2019
5296. Lori Bennett Blue Mountain Lake, New York 08/03/2019 08/09/2019
5295. Leah Rice Pittsford, New York 03/22/2019 05/26/2019
5294. Steven Kirk Gloversville, New York 07/27/2019 07/27/2019
5293. Ian Sempowski Kingston, ON 07/05/2019 07/07/2019
5292. Robert Rice Pittsford, New York 03/22/2019 05/26/2019
5291. Deven Crill Forestport, New York 07/27/2019 07/27/2019
5290. Kimberly Kirk Gloversville, New York 07/27/2019 07/27/2019
5289. Lynn Fowler Wilmimgton, New York 08/15/2019 08/15/2019
5288. Hannah Machalek Owego, New York 09/01/2017 08/09/2018
5287. Matthew Dobner Honeoye Falls, New York 07/09/2019 07/09/2019
5286. Jonell Winters Kettering, Ohio 05/25/2019 08/15/2019
5285. Krista Seelman Forestport, New York 07/27/2019 07/27/2019
5284. Sue Machalek Owego, New York 09/01/2017 08/09/2018
5283. Charlie Winters Kettering, Ohio 05/25/2019 08/15/2019
5282. Mark Machalek Owego, New York 09/01/2017 08/09/2018
5281. Michael Baker Ballston Spa, New York 07/28/2019 07/28/2019
5280. Joe Weisman Kettering, Ohio 06/21/2019 06/22/2019

Tupper Lake Winter Triad

# Name City, State Date Started Date Completed
85. Carolyn M Thomas Little Falls, New York 12/29/2019 01/23/2020
84. Terrence F Thomas Little Falls, New York 12/29/2019 01/23/2020
83. Jason France Hannibal, New York 12/26/2018 01/04/2020
82. Brian Burns Tupper Lake, New York 01/20/2018 01/24/2020
81. Renee Burns Tupper Lake, New York 01/20/2018 01/24/2020
80. Francois Lavoie Vaudreuil Dorian, Quebec 01/04/2020 01/04/2020
79. Samantha Maclean Vaudreuil Dorian, Quebec 01/04/2020 01/04/2020
78. Jill Moretto Amityville, New York 01/19/2020 01/19/2020
77. Glen Friot Buffalo, New York 01/19/2020 01/19/2020
76. Sarah E. Falanga Rome, New York 01/18/2020 01/18/2020

Tupper Lake Canine Triad

# Name Dog Name City, State Date Started Date Completed
99. Sam DiNardo Rossi Ransomville, New York 01/13/2020 01/14/2020
98. Meghan DiNardo Cooper Ransomville, New York 01/13/2020 01/14/2020
97. Maggie Gnann Bump Holley, New York 01/02/2020 01/02/2020
96. Lindsay Hayden Zeus Massena, New York 04/09/2017 04/09/2017
95. John Roberts Lizzie Pittsford, New York 11/29/2019 11/29/2019
94. Kevin Pratt Cooper Saranac Lake, New York 11/02/2019 11/16/2019
93. Kraig Steele Buddy Adams, New York 06/16/2019 06/29/2019
92. Bree Love Finley Victor, New York 12/06/2019 12/07/2019
91. Jennifer Williams Finnley Phoenix, New York 07/18/2019 07/19/2019
90. Julie Williams Luca Watertown, New York 10/19/2019 11/16/2019