Fall is a beautiful time to live in the Northeast. It is especially beautiful in the Adirondacks. While most people think of the High Peaks when you talk hiking in the Adirondacks, there are many other trails and mountains to explore throughout the park, with many of them less populated than those for the High Peaks.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, wants you to know about these places that offer amazing scenes of fall foliage and, possibly, a more enjoyable backcountry experience. Since trails in the eastern High Peaks to the Dix Mountains and to Giant Mountain are very crowded on fall weekends, here's a list of a dozen hikes for those who want an enjoyable hiking experience with amazing views and fewer people.

The DEC also recommends that if you are planning on hiking to please wear appropriate footwear that provides ankle support and have a tread designed for hiking, wear clothing that can wick moisture away from your body, have water and snacks, and don't forget a flashlight and a map. Click here for more hiking safety tips from the DEC.

Fall is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the beauty of the Adirondacks and now you know the secret of finding the beauty without the crowds.