SUMMIT: 2,440 feet. TRAIL: 2.2 miles round-trip from Spruce Hill. There may be an easier peak or two for kindergartners to scale in the Adirondacks, but Baxter has the biggest payoffterrific views of the High Peaks and Keene Valleyfor a moderate investment of sweat. Best snow-free climbing is May through mid-October.
WHY KIDS LOVE IT
Children can forage while they walkthere are blueberries growing along the trailand there's good rock scrambling near the summit.
Walk to Baxter Mountain from Keene Valley Lodge (518-576-2003, www.keenevalleylodge.com), a family-friendly B&B. The nine rooms in the 85-year-old Victorian include family suites, which start at $135; doubles start at $90.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ranger office: 518-897-1300