Explore the most popular trail running trails near Lake Placid with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I completed this hike in July. I recommend starting early, at sunrise or even 30 minutes before to beat all the traffic. Lots of people make this hike during the summer and trail can become very crowded. The hike is a nice balance of flat terrain, forest, open hiking above the tree line, climbing, and even some rock scrambling. It’s hard on the feet and ankles as there are lots of rocks to maneuver on the trail. This is most difficult ~5500 elevation hike I’ve done, but the payoff at the peak was worth it. You get 360 panoramic views of the high peaks region..

Relaxing walk/run around Mirror Lake. Lots of tourists and busy place but very nice.

a family bucket list hike. we started from the loj at 6am and we’re back around 4:30pm. it was a LONG HARD day but so worth it! the views from the top are amazing!

we took three long breaks - at indian falls on the way up and back, and again at the summit. so we probably could have finished faster but the breaks really helped keep everyone from bonking.

the entire family is still sore today (wednesday) and we did the hike sunday!

hiking
4 days ago

super convenient from where we are staying (beech hill). a nice, quick, relatively easy hike with some nice views from the top. the scramble up the steep side is difficult as advertised (there’s a rope to help you get up the steepest section) - but totally do-able for most.

Not short or easy but it’s gorgeous and worth the effort

on Mount Jo Loop Trail

hiking
5 days ago

Use the “short” at least for half the hike.

Absolutely stunning views at the top, even with fog. Hiked it with another girl (we're both mid 20's) took us 8.5 hours total, with about a 45 minute stop at the top and minimal breaks. Definitely tough for the last mile and a half, but so worth it! also my Fitbit said it was closer to 18 miles.

completed with my 5 and 6 year old — lovely. We did the loop with the short scramble up and took the longer Echo Lake way down. Make sure to call out near the lake to experience the amazing echoes.

lots of fun worth the work for the views

Loved this hike!!! We hiked on 8/12. We went up Lake Arnold Trail and down around Lake Colden/ Avalanche pass. I actually think this is the best way to do the hike (though as someone whose knees generally start hurting coming down- I get why people are recommending the reverse). There were a lot of steep slabs and some of the hikers we met commented on how it was hard for them coming up. The hike was ~16.2 miles to and from Adirondack Loj. We stopped for about an hour total between the summit and Lake Colden. Very beautiful. The water on Lake Colden perfectly reflected the sky. Took us 9 hours total. This was one of my favorite high peaks (I’ve done 24 now) mainly because of the incredible summit views and hiking along the Matilda’s.

Perfect trail for a daily dog walk. Lots of four legged buddies looking for someone to play with. Hike it year round. Great for a short run or ski or bike.

mountain biking
6 days ago

Had a great time on this trail. It’s in pretty bad shape for trail running or mountain biking but that works in you favor because not too many people want to do it. We had the whole day to ourselves which can be rare around Lake Placid. Good for dogs. Good if you want to take a picnic at pine pond. Expect some rugged trails with roots and rocks. Fat tire bikes would be great. Lots of mud so do it later in the season. It’s remote and lonely out and back so plan accordingly. Took my 11 yr old and two dogs with no problems.

We took our bikes through here. Great for bike rides. Some trails are easier for beginners while others will cause the beginner to walk. There are points of fallen trees where expert bike skills will be able to jump but others will need to walk over. Make sure to make it to the dam. Very enjoyable bike outing!

13/10 would do this hike again, though not with my dog again.

This hike was amazing. Definitely agree with previous reviewers to do this loop counter clockwise, I wouldn't have wanted to go down the mountain on the Lake Colden side. Not an easy hike by any means, but the views were absolutely beautiful.

That being said, I would STRONGLY advise against doing this hike with your dog, at least if you have a larger dog. There are a lot of ladders that are practically impossible for a dog to traverse on the path around Avalanche Lake, but those are doable. The worst one was at the top of Mount Colden, over 10' high with no way for a dog to travel around it. My advise would be to do an out and back on the Lake Arnold side of Mount Colden if you'd like to bring your dog.

my 1st high peak, and what a hike it was! I wasn't quite ready for the last mile and a half of rock scrambling but I made it and it was well worth it! Breath taking veiws. Took me longer than most, 12 hours. I took many breaks, I think most people can probably conquer this trail as long as you're in good health and have good endurance! good luck!

Awesome view. Clear day. Tough climb down.

3.5 hrs To climb
3 hrs to comeback.
I had a very good pace.
So expect 8.5 to hike the top.

on Peninsula Loop

nature trips
7 days ago

Easy hike with great swimming spot

GREAT hike! We started at 6:30 am and we’re done just before 4. Bring more water than you think you’ll need. We had two 72 oz water backs plus three bottles and drank it all before we were finished. Stop by the creeks on the way down and soak tired feet. It’s a great way to rejuvenate! There’s a $10 parking fee at the LOJ too.

The trail was clearly discernible and there were no bugs and not much mud. There was a view at the summit of approximately 40 degrees including Haystack, Marcy, and Algonquin. The trail became quite narrow at places--watch your eyes. It didn't seem too strenuous but it was challenging enough to be enjoyable. There were also some views on the descent. A nice one. Don't miss Indian Falls just beyond the turnoff--well worth the extra yards.

My husband, son and I hiked this trail up and back in 1.5 hours. Took the short trail up and long trail back. Small summit, but still beautiful. Our almost 5 year old had no issues at all navigating the climb. We avoided the crowds by starting out around 4PM on a Saturday. Nice hike overall. Enjoyed the quiet and views of the trail throughout.

This was so much fun all around.

A very enjoyable hike! We went to Indian Falls first (totally worth it!) and took a break before climbing Tabletop. A nice hike with a good view of Mount Marcy.

Extremely well marked, gradual incline till the very end, and a very nice 360 degree view at the top. Quite muddy in some spots! Bring lots of water and snacks for this one, becuase it's a long day. Start early! I'm an intermediate hiker and finished this in 10 hours, going from 6 to 4, including breaks. There are some nice rest spots along the way like at Marcy Dam or Indian Falls. If you are a regular hiker and have good stamina, this is a great hike for you!

hiking
11 days ago

Definitely not an easy trail for some, but my 8 year old made it through. I suggest the Short, steep, rocky trail up, and then the Long, less rocky, less rough on the knees way down. I can't imagine the short trail down with all those rocks. View was not great, weather wasn't clear (hence only four stars). Not a lot of room up top, but a decent amount to chill for a bit.

The view at the top of the wave was amazing. Hang Ten!! As we got to the top the gravity thinned out and a friend of mine was swept into space. I’m mad because he had the pop tarts. Very fun trip and worth anyone’s while who enjoys sea bass.

on Mount Jo Loop Trail

hiking
12 days ago

Great trail for beginners and families with kids. Suggest taking the long trail up and the short trail down.

hiking
12 days ago

Phelps and Tabletop are a good in and out if you want to tackle a couple of the 46 in a day. Visibility on Phelps was very limited but zero wind. Tabletop had very nice views when the clouds cleared. Pretty straight forward climb made more difficult with a full pack. We intended to summit Colden and camp at Lake Colden but a thunderstorm kept us at Lake Arnold.

Challenging but doable. I love the varied terrain and the view is fantastic.

Amazing views- awesome person to answer questions provided on the summit. Phenomenal experience. Coupled with tabletop and Phelps it was a once in a life time experience. Pay particular attention to your water levels and ankle support is a must

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