McKenzie Mountain Jack Rabbit Trail is a 6.3 mile out and back trail located near Lake placid, NY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
McKenzie Mountain is a 3,861-foot (1,177m) mountain in western Essex County in the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness area which spans an area of 36,200 acres. This loop trail starts near the Whiteface Inn Lane in Lake Placid at the trail head for the Jack Rabbit Ski trail. This trail continues for 1.9 miles where it meets up with the junction for McKenzie Pond, Route 86 or McKenzie summit. Up until this point the grade is light. Once you reach the junction the red markers direct you towards the summit and the trail soon begins a very steep climb over several false summits, some with excellent views. At 3.5 miles you reach the summit. You can turn around or continue down the backside trail (SOA) which descends steeply at first and then includes a nice gradual walk through the woods, down to the lake and eventually back out onto the road which is a short run to the original trailhead.
Foot trail is extremely difficult with loose rocks, trees & roots and water falling from multiple sources. If you take your time however and are up for a challenge go for it. Not for the beginner, that's for sure.
Great hike, but beware there is a false summit that is reached and you may think you're done but that is when the actual summit becomes visible. A few tricky areas but overall was a very fun hike.
7/11/16 apparently they had just had a big hard rain up here and the trails were in the Adirondack splendor of Mud roots and wet rocks. we took the drag rabbit in and made a right and climbed up most of mcKenzie. we had a bit of a late start and the scrambling up the wet rocks and the roots took us a long time. we could see the peak very close but we knew it would take at least an hour to get there and it was about 3:30 so we decided to turn back. I think this would be a fabulous hike when it's a little dryer. we saw a couple of mediocre views it was pretty but we worked really hard. Being old and slow it took from about 11 until about 7:30. My GPS read 9.2 miles. I know that the guide says its only 6.3. go figure. Glad to make it out in one piece after a pretty hairy down climb. the jackrabbit trail was really nice tho not terribly exciting
Used that map: http://www.lakeplacid.com/blog/2012/12/mckenzie-mountain-loop
Was the first on the backside since the snowfall, nice but not always obvious to see where the path goes.
The climb is very steep and very icy, the part from 800m to 1000m took me ~1h15 because of that.
Apparently that connects to the Moose mountain, that will be for next time
nice hiking trail, or tough trail run. if you come up from 86, after the split for Haystack, the trail is awful( except in winter) until the junction with jackrabbit. I usually take jackrabbit from whiteface inn road first 1.85 miles. turn right, and good hiking. a bit tough, and van be very child up top. there will be two false summits. You will need to do down a good 200 feet then back up 300, so if you didn't do this, you aren't at top. on a good, great dry snowy day, you can attempt a good SLIDE down the trail. only perfect conditions but awesome
Excellent hike!!!!! We completed McKenzie as part of the Saranac Winter 6r series on a perfect day - sunny, blue skies and 10 degrees. We started off at 1960 ' on the Jack-Rabbit trail near the Whiteface Lodge, headed towards McKenzie hiking 3.9 miles (lots of side trail to check out) over several false peaks on the way to the 3861' summit. Just below the summit we ran into another hiker who offered up a loop trail option which we thought would be fun ... it was, but it was a challenge. After completing the hike we headed over to ring the bell !!
One of my favourites in the High Peaks. Plenty of large rock scrambles and exposed open rock areas with great views! Very similar to Giant Mountain!
Great hike- very steep from the intersection of the jackrabbit trail. Was wet and slippery, but doing it as a Spring hike the day after a storm it was expected. Some nice vantage points.