saranaclake.com describes the Challenge as follows:
The 6ers are what we call the six highly climbable mountains that ring the village of Saranac Lake. The Adirondacks are known for its mountain hiking, and it's human nature to create "sets" for achievement purposes. There's the 46 High Peaks that are over 4,000 feet in height. Thus inspired, we have created what has turned out to be a very popular way for people to enjoy our kinder, gentler peaks.
Climbers can register at the sign-in on Berkeley Green off Main Street and then check off the six peaks in any order to earn a place on the roster, a patch, a numbered certificate and a 6er sticker. Children as young as nine have become 6ers. Like becoming a 46er, there's no deadline to climbing these peaks.
Unless, that is, one wants to go Ultra.
If you finish the six peaks in a continuous 24 hours, then you become an “Ultra 6er.” If you finish the six peaks in a continuous 24 hours, in the winter, then you become an “Winter Ultra 6er,” and can be in the running to play Superman in the next movie reboot.
The six peaks are McKenzie and Haystack, Scarface, Ampersand, St. Regis, and Baker, right in town. It works out to be a total mileage of a bit over thirty three miles, with an elevation gain totaling about 8,400 feet. But, of course, this isn't just about the mileage. While a marathon is 26.2 miles (just to put it in perspective), the 6er mileage is up and down. It also starts and stops at different trailheads throughout the area.
There, indeed, is one of the tricky parts.
Many Ultra 6ers have relied upon a "wheel person" who will drive them to and from the various trailheads, keep water, food, and fresh socks handy, and serve as encouragement and time keeper. This is a great way for a non-hiker to join in the experience, and the celebration afterwards. They are a vital cog in the Ultra machine.
We always advocate sharing the hiking experience with a buddy. It's quite the bonding experience, too.
*Times begin & end at the town square in Saranac Lake.
*Drive times are included - it's your total time from start to finish. Our map shows the route WITH the driving sections.
*They moved the trailhead for Baker Mountain to start at the bell at Berekely Green Park. https://www.saranaclakeny.gov/index.php?section=playing-hiking-challenge This adds 2 miles to the 1.8 mile out and back. The most recent attempts reflect this change
Here's a video depicting the Ultra 6er Challenge.
Duathlon means you bike between THs, no car allowed.
|Nick Arndt||7h 7m 33s|
|Joe Sullivan||8h 59m 58s|
|Caleb Strong||9h 59m 0s|
|Loring Porter||10h 22m 0s|
|Tim Craig||9h 39m 51s|
|Joe Spohn||9h 50m 35s|
|Joe Belluscio||9h 54m 0s|
|Keith Sardone||10h 4m 1s|
|Freddy Mondale||Multi-sport||14h 5m 0s|
|Shannon Surdyk||9h 20m 43s|
|Katlin Rhodes, Bethany Garretson||10h 7m 11s|
|Bethany Garretson, Mallory Garretson||11h 8m 0s|
|Emily Dorscheid||15h 43m 0s|
|Jason Pageau, Kristie Pageau||9h 13m 0s|
|Aubri Drake||13h 50m 0s|
hi, i have done this before and recorded as 6 different hike files and did not include the drive time. as long as you show a start/finish watch time in addition to the files then this is ok? i see that one person included drive time when posting while another did not. thanks!
Yes, you must include the drive time
I plan on heading out Saturday March 18th for a women’s winter ultra 6er attempt. Let’s see how these trails look after the big storm.