“Hiking is the answer. Who cares what the question is.” ― Unkown
Hiking and the Adirondacks go hand in hand. With some of the best trails in the east, Lake Placid and the surrounding areas have numerous hiking options to meet the needs of your friends and family.
If you’re looking for an outdoor activity, but only have a few hours, or if you’re working up to conquer a High Peak, these are great options that offer amazing views.
Lake Placid, NY
Easy-Mod: 1-2 hours
Elevation Gain: 1,500ft
Roundtrip: 2.4 miles
A relatively short trail for a rewarding mountaintop experience featuring views of the Village of Lake Placid and High Peaks region. Be sure to pay attention to signs. There are several intersections with unmarked paths. After .4 miles, an intersection marks the split for the short and long trails. The shorter, steeper route on the right is .8 miles and may be a challenge for small children, those with physical impairments, or a fear of heights. The longer 1.6 mile trail on the left follows Echo Pond and has a more gradual ascent. Both trails combine for a 2.4 mile loop.
Directions: 1.5 miles | 5 minute drive
Turn left out of the Golden Arrow. Take a slight left onto Parkside Drive (past the church, towards the toboggan chute.) At the four way, turn left onto Mirror Lake Drive. Turn right onto Northwood Drive. Turn left onto Northwood School. Turn left to stay on Northwood School. Parking will be on the left.
Easy-Mod: 2-3 hours
Elevation Gain: 1,160ft
Roundtrip: 3.2 miles
This trail in the Whiteface Mountain Intensive Use Area ascends 1.6 miles and 1,160 feet from the trailhead, to the 2,400-foot summit. Enjoy spectacular views of Whiteface Mountain, including the ski trails and summit. The trail is part of the Flume Trail Network and is open to the public for day use free of charge. Bikes are allowed on the first .4 mile of the trail. The summit provides views of the West Branch Ausable River Valley, Sentinel Range, and Stephenson Range.
Directions: 9.8 miles | 16 minute drive
Turn left out of Golden Arrow parking lot. Stay straight on 86E towards Wilmington. Turn left into the Whiteface Mountain Ski Area. Free parking is located at Kids Campus.
Elevation Gain: 1,260ft
Roundtrip: 5 miles
This north trail in the Giant Mountain Wilderness extends 2.5 miles and ascends 1,110 feet from the trailhead, to a .1 mile spur trail that ascends another 150 feet to a 2,530-foot lookout point. The lookout provides scenic views of Hurricane Mountain, the Boquet River Valley, Lake Champlain and the surrounding valley, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and nearby Giant Mountain.
Directions: 22.3 miles | 31 minute drive
Turn left out of Golden Arrow parking lot. Turn right at the second light (Sentinel Rd.) Continue on 73E to Keene. Turn left onto 9N S. Continue for 5.7 miles. The Trailhead will be on the right.
Franklin Falls, NY
Moderate: 3-4 Hours
Elevation Gain: 1,540ft
Roundtrip: 3.6 miles
This trail in the Taylor Pond Wild Forest ascends 1.8 miles and 1,540 feet from the trailhead on Forestdale Road to the 3,168-foot bedrock summit. The hike includes one steep and exposed scramble. The view from the summit includes Taylor Pond, Silver Lake, Union Falls Pond, the Wilmington Range, the Stephenson Range and Whiteface Mountain.
Directions: 21.5 miles | 36 minute drive
Turn left out of Golden Arrow parking lot. Stay straight on 86E to Wilmington. At the four corners, turn left onto 431N. Take a slight right onto Gillespie Drive. Turn right onto Roseman Lane. Turn right onto Plank Road. Plank road turns into Forestdale Road. Parking area is located on the left side of Forestdale Road