The Adirondacks Mountains are located in upstate New York. They are part of the Canadian Shield. The sad thing is the Adirondack Mountains are a crappy shield if they did not block HarryK , who is a Krazy Kanadien.....The Adirondacks are a big let down in that aspect.
So, we established that the Adirondacks are not a main part of the Appalachian Mountain Range, which suits me fine. The black bears in the Adirondacks are too smart to be thought of as Appalachian black neck hill bears. In fact the black bears in the Adirondacks are probably smarter than you. Did you know that they invented Honey Comb cereal and Kool Aid?
The mean spirted Mohawk Native American tribe gave the Adirondacks its name as a jerk name to call the Algonquin speaking tribes.....The jerk Mohawks called it "They eat bark.", and early Whitey settlers used the phonetic spelling from the Mohawk language sounds. Now if Americans named the mountains after Canadians....The Adirondacks would be called the "Maple syrup slurping-hockey freakin'-seal clubbin'-little brother" Mountains. I actually like this name better.
The Adirondack Mountains covers a large area besides the most mentioned High Peaks Region. (Which contains the 46 peaks people usually visit to be part of the Adirondack 46-R's.) In fact the Adirondack Park is over 6 million acres in size.
Mount Marcy, the highest peak in New York, is in the Adirondacks. Mount Marcy was called "Tahawus" by Native Americans, which means cloud splitter.....Ok, that is a bunch of crap. Just like the Woolly Mammoths called Mount Marcy "Mrrrrrrrrerrrr", which means "People who made us extinct"......Referring to the Native Americans who massacred them away. I guess it is all a matter of perspective and spelling.
This is what you are going to get out of the Adirondack Mountains if you hike there.
1. Mud all over you. I wouldn't be surprised if you would get muddy in the middle of winter.
2. Black flys and mosquitos will chew your ass up, especially in June.
3. Longer approach hikes to visit summits in the High Peaks region.
4. Black Bears that are very smart, and they will eat your food & steal your identity.
5. A bit more rough and tumble hiking than most places in the East.
6. Lots of fun and memories.
Here is a Google Earth KML of the 46 peaks and some trailheads.(Like the map on top of page.)
So here is the Adirondack 46r information page to learn about the 46 peaks people talk about.....And if you want to do some Adirondack trail maintenance then there it is.
To Get you started you really only need the High Peaks guide book and a the Delorme Atlas, which has links listed below. Many other books and maps are out there, but these two will suffice.
This is the must have guide book to hike the in the Adirondack High Peaks area. It even comes with a trail map.
All around atlas to get you around. You might as well get it.
And two websites that will help you.
Joel Dobson's Adirondack Journey website is the best website on the Adirondack High Peaks Region. Some sites might have fancier graphics and templates, but they don't even come close to information provided.
ADKHighPeaks forum is a nice board for Adirondack knowledge.