Kid Everest

The modern, kinetic family     Photo: PhotoDisc

[New York]
BAXTER MOUNTAIN
TRAILWISE
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 payoff—terrific views of the High Peaks and Keene Valley—for a moderate investment of sweat. Best snow-free climbing is May through mid-October.

WHY KIDS LOVE IT
Children can forage while they walk—there are blueberries growing along the trail—and there's good rock scrambling near the summit.

COOL DIGS
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.

RESOURCES
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ranger office: 518-897-1300

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