SARANAC LAKE — A bell in Berkeley Green tolls for adventure. Some- times in the rain, sometimes in the snow.
But this summer, it may ring in sunny succession by folks taking on a new outdoor mountain challenge: The Saranac Lake 6er.
The tony bell signals an addition to the list of hiking achievements in the Adirondacks: to summit all six mountains that surround the village here.
It’s an ongoing pursuit launched this summer by local recreation enthusiasts and a team of village officials, including Kareen Tyler, village clerk; Jeremy Evans, Saranac Lake community development director; Kelly Brunette, Evans’s associate; and Clyde Rabideau, village mayor.
The hiking event will continue in perpetuity, Evans said.
“It’s an individual challenge that has opened to a wide swath of the population and gained a lot of interest from locals who haven’t really gotten into hiking. Part of the hope is that people from out-of-town will come to do this and discover all that Saranac Lake has to offer.”
Over time, just like the well-known Adirondack 46ers, it’s hoped that the list of 6ers will grow and then cross generations.
Climbers can register at the sign-in on Berkeley Green off Main Street and then check off the six peaks in any order they wish — Haystack, McKenzie, Scarface, Baker, St. Regis and Ampersand mountains — earning a place on the roster, a patch, a numbered certificate and a 6er sticker.
The bell nearby is to ring when the feat is finished.
The circle of six mountains close to Saranac Lake have summits below the famed Adirondack 46 mountain peaks over 4,000 feet. They have well-marked trails within about 8 miles of the village.
Some have steep sections that might prove challenging for smaller children’s legs.