This tour will give you everything you could ask for when it comes to peak views. There are sweeping vistas, farm scenes and forests. The trip starts in Saranac Lake. You leave town on Route 86, past Lake Colby on your left and the Adirondack Medical Center on your right. Follow 86 until you get to Donnelly's Corner Ice Cream on the left. The parking lot here offers one of the most sweeping mountain views in New York. Continue on 86 until it T's at Bloomingdale - Gabriel's Road, and turn right (the road is also named County Highway 55).
When you get to Bloomingdale turn left at the main intersection in town, next to Norman's General store (good sandwiches and supplies) and head out Route 3. Before you get to Vermontville turn right on Norman's Ridge Road, and get the camera ready. Norman's Ridge is well known in the area for its old family farm, and its views to Whiteface.
At the end of Norman's Ridge turn left on Fletcher Farm Road, travel a short distance to Dinsmore Way, and turn right into the woods. Stay on Dinsmore until it meets at a T with Route 18 also named River Road, follow (turning left) that along the lake until you cross over the falls (on the right at the foot of the lake). You will pass over the falls and be on Route 48. Your first right will keep the name 48 and Franklin Falls Road, and this road quickly turns into 18A and takes you up, and up the back side of Whiteface, through maple forests and farm fields. This whole drive mixes vistas, water, farms and forests. It runs right by the Summit Highway at Whiteface described above. If you stay on the now named Route 431 you will come to Wilmington, (home of one of the last of the A&W Root Beer stands) turn right and you are back on 86, heading up through the spectacular Wilmingtron Notch to Lake Placid. You can continue on 86 back to Saranac Lake to complete the loop.