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McKenzie Mountain via Jack Rabbit Trail is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Placid, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.3 mi Elevation gain 2,063 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Over grown

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

Washed out

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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.

side of road trail head, free lean-to about 1 mile in on trail

Lake Placid to White face Lodge road to parking

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Chelsea Geroux
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Jason Walker
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Michael Lincoln
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Wes Lincoln
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HikingMuddyRocky

Very difficult, but great hike. Muddy and rocky for most of the hike.

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Tara Wheeler
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ann marie gedney
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Hiking

A challenging hike....but some great views near the top. Lower section climbed steadily.....last mile was steep and with rock scrambles. Great day in the mountains!

Kayleigh Taylor
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BugsMuddyRocky

Tough hike. Flat to start but then very steep and muddy. We did a loop we read about in our hiking book but ended up descending on private property, so apparently you're not supposed to do that. Views are decent, not the best in Saranac Lake, but we didn't see a single other person on the trail which was nice.

Amy Barney
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HikingMuddyRocky

Very challenging hike! Lots of mud and steep rocks. It took us about 4 hours to reach the peak. It felt like we were doing a 46er. This marked the final peak in our SL 6er challenge. Not too buggy.

Jon Petrie
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Definitely not an easy hike. The trail is very steep in sections. It is well marked and quite easy to follow. There is no avoiding the mud at this time...just embrace it and walk right through it. I made my way over to Moose Mountain as part of my 50 by 50 goal. It wasn't nearly as steep or muddy. there was a decent amount of blow down between the two peaks but manageable. Surprisingly the bugs were not out on my hike. I started at 5am and was done by noon so that most likely helped.

Maggie Sexton
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HikingMuddy

This was probably one of the best trails I’ve done! It was difficult no doubt about it, but the top was amazing. Beautiful views in every direction!

Kylie Sargeant
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I wouldn’t recommend this trail in the snow. Very slick and extremely steep. Views are OK - not the best you’ll find in the region or even in the Saranac 6.

Jiacheng Sun
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Did the trail today (May 10th 2020) after a snow storm. Snow towards the peak was over ankle high. Very tough ascend and descend in the snow, rocks are very icy and tough to see what’s underneath the snow. Overall very draining, more mentally than physically. View is okay on the top, would recommend Amplesand instead.

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