Mt. Van Hoevenberg East Trail [CLOSED]

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High Peaks Wilderness

Mt. Van Hoevenberg East Trail [CLOSED] is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Placid, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.6 miElevation gain948 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingRunningForestViewsWildlifeClosed
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SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Roads leading to this trailhead are subject to seasonal closure in Winter. Note: Since November 29th, 2020, the new Van Hoevenberg East Trail cannot be accessed due to construction activity at the Olympic Sports Center.

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M D
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SnowshoeingGreat!Snow

the trail is was open this winter alot of snow and alot of fun

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Sean Merges
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Steven Shepstone
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SnowshoeingGreat!Snow

Trail was open with great snow. Didn't notice any steps due to deep snow. Nice trail through woods with open summit. Didn't get good views due to clouds and snow. Windy & cold at summit.

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Megan Pritts
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SnowshoeingFeeSnow

The trail was open. Great climb through forest. Beautiful snow coverage and ice formations as we neared the summit. Minimal ice along the trail. In the last portion to the summit, there are many stairs that are not as well suited for snowshoes. The views at the top are worth it.

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Stephen Mesa
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also tried to hike this on 11/29 before the review below this was posted but can confirm the trail head is indeed closed here.

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Mark Armbruster
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HikingClosed

I tried to hike this trail on 11/29/2020 and there is a sign at the trail head indicating it is currently closed.

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Meagan K
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Finding the trailhead given the current detour was a little tricky but looking for the yellow circle tags eventually did the trick. From the parking lot where the shooting range is, the registration is at a big sign near the building, and then you head past the building keeping it on your right, towards the road but over a bridge. The first part of the trail is nice XC skiing trails, and then once you get to the regular trail it's really pretty. Lots of mossy boulders and rock steps. The two viewpoints at the top are wonderful.

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Andre Mosley
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good trail! the XC Skiing trail was really nice to walk on. wish the path to go off that trail and up the mountain was more obvious. the fencing they put up is down and it's not clear there's a path in the trees to go up the mountain. other than that the path was very well marked and the view was amazing

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Timothy Lawrence
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Liz Burakowski
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David Finn
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Fantastic. Nice gradual climb to a spectacular view. Trail construction makes it a little confusing but it’s well marked - just folllow the yellow discs (note this recording is from the summit down)

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Tammy C
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HikingGreat!

Trail is very well marked. They are doing construction throughout the trail and it adds up to 5 miles round trip. Sweet views at the top, make sure you stop at all 3 lookouts.

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Lauren McLean
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Abby W
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Hiking

Great trail with amazing views at the summit! Starts off behind biathlon center, as others have said, and goes over the bridge over the road. Trail well marked with yellow circles on the ski trails, then after about a mile, goes off to L more steeply and is marked by yellow ribbons. The work they are doing on the trail is incredible, nice stone steps in lots of places. We hiked this with our kids, ages 7 and 9. My GPS said 5.4 miles with the detours around trail work and some roaming around at the top.

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Katelyn Kanavy
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Laura Gillies
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HikingGreat!

Really enjoyed MVH! Easy to park, very quiet trail, great views. We did this hike as a ‘rest day’ between longer/more challenging hikes and it was ideal for that. The trail meanders through XC ski slopes before joining a trail in the woods - it was nice to have a change of scene and follow some wide grassy trails to begin with. Bit tricky to follow woodland trail in a couple of places as a new path is having work done - follow yellow tape tied to trees. Took us a few hours there and back with a long break at the top.

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Sebastian Krüger
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Hiking

Slightly complicated start (the trail starts behind the building) but then very easy first segment following the yellow disks on ski trails. Later more easy than moderate (some well marked detours due to ongoing improvements on the trail) and stunning views at the summit. Bonus: There are several „spots“ to sit, with some luck you’ll get quite a lot privacy and are safe from the wind.

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Matthew Callaghan
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HikingMuddy

The trailhead is to the left of the mountain bike rental. Started off slow utilizing cross country ski trails. Approximately 1 mile up you begin the trail up the mountain. The trail as well Mark just follow the yellow discs. Trail was a touch muddy but not too bad. The view is incredible! One of our favorites so far.

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Deborah Balcanoff
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The trail is detoured due to the construction near the bobsled area. The trail starts at the mountain bike shop where there is a sign in and then you walk in back of the building to the overpass to the Van Hoevenberg ski trail. I hiked this with my dog on August 20, 2020. My device clocked it at 5.3 miles with the detours. Trail workers were busy breaking stone and working on the trail. Their hard work is much appreciated as this trail when completed will be sustainable. It is more of a vertical ascent than hiking it from Spring Meadow. The views at the summit never disappoint and even my dog was content to just sit and relax. Because of the detour some may feel that the ski trail part (about 1.1 miles) is boring. But keep going because the East Trail is taking great shape and of course who can resist those summit views.

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Matt LaPan
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The sign-in is to the left of the bike rental shop. The shop is literally right after the overpass. The trail starts behind the building and across aforementioned overpass. The trail (which is really part of the x-country ski trail system) might seem confusing but if you follow the yellow disks you’ll be fine. You will follow ski trails for a while until the trail turns for the woods. This junction is clearly marked. From here follow the yellow ribbons to the top. The trail up offers a contrast to the ski trails. It’s a very cool slightly uphill forest hike. The views are beautiful. There are trail workers along the way doing an amazing job of trail building. Say hi. They are all super nice and awesome environmentalists. Got caught in a downpour an the way down... just added to the fun. Oh, and my distant tracker said 5.2 miles round trip...not 3. whatever it says on AllTrails.

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Chris Miller
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trail makes no sense

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Maddie Dorward
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stephen ham
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great easy hike! long but very casual and gradual with the climb. views r great of the high peaks to the south

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James Donnelly
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Trail now starts at biathlon center where mtb rentals are. Can access from behind there to the welcome overpass or just across the road toward overpass thru a short cut through. Moderate bugs made bug spray welcome but they weren’t terrible. Route partially under construction. Well marked with yellow circles. Only negative is the walking on the ski trails is bor-ing, and if you want to ride to a real trail you have to pay $10 access fee. View is terrific just past the summit.

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Stuart Guthrie
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Brian Lamos
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HikingBugs

Toughest part was finding the trailhead. A helpful employee pointed us to the parking lot on the west side just beyond the overpass. The trail starts off going over the overpass. Then you just follow the yellow discs. The views at the summit were amazing. Lots of bugs today.

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Kathy Seasholtz
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HikingBugs

Muddy in a few spots and more bugs than I've seen on other trails this week, but not horrible. Trailhead is at the corner of the parking lot by the building where you can rent mountain bikes. The trail was very well marked and easy to follow.

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