Five Tallest Mountains in New York StateLocal Reviews
These are the five tallest or highest mountains in New York State. I was born in New York State, and used to vacation as a child in the Adirondack Mountains, so I am very familiar with most of these highest mountains in New York.
One of these mountains hosted the ski events at the 1980 Winter Olympics held at Lake Placid, New York. All five mountains are great places to visit and climb or hike to the top. Most of the peaks are above the tree line and offer visitors fantastic views in all directions.
Five Tallest Mountains in New York State
1. Mount Marcy- 5,344 feet
Mount Marcy is the tallest mountain in New York State with a height of 5,344 feet. Located in the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York, Mount Marcy is a very popular mountain peak to climb. Hiking to the top of Mount Marcy is a lot of fun because it's very open at the top offering fantastic views in all directions.
The mountain was named in honor of William Marcy, the 11th Governor of New York State, serving from 1833-1838. Every school kid from New York State like myself learns in school at an early age that Mount Marcy is the tallest mountain in New York.
2. Algonquin Peak- 5,114 feet
The second tallest mountain in New York is Algonquin Peak with a height of 5,114 feet. Algonquin Peak is another great mountain to climb, really hike to the top of, because it's summit is above the tree line and, like Mount Marcy, affords visitors great views of the Adirondacks in all directions.
Algonquin Peak is named for the Algonquian Indian Tribe. The Algonquian's lived in parts of New York State, sharing the state with the Iroquois. In the summer, the top of Algonquin Peak can get pretty crowded with hikers.
3. Mount Haystack- 4,960 feet
The third tallest mountain in New York State is Mount Haystack at 4,960 feet. Not as popular with hikers as Mount Marcy or Algonquin Peak, Mount Haystack is also an open peak which affords visitors great views. The mountain is named because its top resembles a haystack.
4. Mount Skylight- 4,926 feet
Located just south of Mount Marcy, Skylight Mountain is the fourth tallest mountain in New York with a height of 4,960 feet. Skylight Mountain is named for how open it is at the top.
5. Whiteface Mountain- 4,867 feet
Though it is just the fifth highest mountain in New York with a height of 4,867 feet, Whiteface Mountain is arguably the most well known mountain in New York State. That's because their is a famous ski resort on top of Whiteface Mountain, called Whiteface, which boasts the highest vertical drop in the northeastern part of the United States.
Whiteface hosted the ski events during the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games. Visitors can drive up the Whiteface Memorial Highway, which goes to within 200 feet of the summit. You can then walk through a tunnel to an elevator which will zip you up to the top of the mountain. More intrepid visitors can also hike to the summit of Whiteface via the Stairway Ridge Trail.