Explore the most popular walking 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.

Beautiful hike. My wife and kids (ages 9,8,8 and 6 years old) enjoyed the hike to Cascade and Porter. We were hoping to hike Porter first but couldn’t find the trailhead, so we started with Cascade, which is hard to miss with full parking lots on the side of the road. Porter was underwhelming compared to Cascade, which had breathtaking views. The trail to Porter from Cascade was also not well marked aside from a sign indicating the start of the trail. If you’re looking to complete the ADK 46 high peaks then I’d recommend the 30 minute hike to Porter mountain, otherwise it might not be worth it. The hike itself was moderately challenging, but every step was worth the view!

Kicked my ass. But got it done

MacNaughton Mountain is a must for those who have completed the ADK46er challenge and want to summit the unofficial #47. This is not an easy hike/climb and does not have much for a rewarding view at the top...however, the rewards are all about claiming you have hiked all 46 high peaks over 4000'...not just the traditional ones. The hike takes you past memories that will last a lifetime (Rocky Falls, Scott Clearing, Scott Clearing Lean-to, Scott Pond, Wallface Mtn, and Wallface Pond)

We drove up from CNY early in the morning and arrived around 11. The trail was quieter than I expected (which was nice). Definitely do Porter before Cascade.

Great hike! Took my 5 month old Vizsla and made it all the way to Mt. Marcy and back with no problems. The receptionist at the camping office was super rude but other than that it was a great weekend.

We know this trail but didn’t actually hike it. We came in via the ASCR trailhead so we could hit Esther Mt. on the way out. A high peak “double dip”.Pretty good route. Lots of grade.Beautiful scenery!About 8 miles or so.Good workout!

Marcy is the ultimate balance of challenge and reward. It’s a long, challenging 15 mile day with a lot of elevation gain, but it’s the peak that got me addicted to High Peaks Wilderness. It begins with a easy 2 miles to Marcy Dam, which has great views of Mount Colden. From there it’s 5 miles of rocks and badly eroded trail. The mountain runoff turned this place into a river on the rainy morning we hiked it. You don’t get any views until you begin the final push through the alpine zone. The above treeline summit of Marcy has spectacular views in all directions, you can see the whole range in all it’s glory. The clouds cleared for a brief 10 minutes as if the reward us for our efforts. When they came back, we headed out. Definitely would recommend this to anyone who likes strenuous mountains.

I've never climbed a mountain in my life, and it took me about 4 hours round trip, starting at 7:30 today (Saturday). I stopped a lot and took lots of breaks on the way up but the way down was a breeze in comparison. didn't go to porter because the weather was getting horrible, extremely windy and rainy and potential thunderstorms in the forecast. the views on Cascade were well worth the climb, and even the views from the false peak were absolutely amazing. I'm terrified of heights and the trail and rock scramble up to the summit did not bother me at all. 10/10 would recommend. I saw lots of people starting later who didn't have proper shoes, water, or bug spray, so please please please bring water and bug spray and at least wear tennis shoes! also the summit is insanely windy and cold so bring a jacket. I'm going to be very sore in the morning but again, the views were totally worth it.

Get an early start! We started right around 7 on a Thursday and we're lucky enough to have Porter all to ourselves and have only one other group with us on the summit of cascade. By the time we were coming down however the trail was packed! It felt like we had to stop every 30 feet for someone to climb past us. Views from cascade were impressive but I don't feel Porter gets its due credit. Great view of a bunch of other high peaks and a more desolate feel than cascades.

These were our two first peaks of the Adirondacks. This was an easy/moderate hike IMO, not very strenuous except on maybe 3 occasions. I was with an inexperienced hiker and roundtrip took us 5h30, including 1 hour for breaks. I highly recommend starting off with Porter and finishing off with Cascade! Views on top of Cascade are incredible! The route to Porter was really fun, even though the view at the summit is not as spectacular as Cascade.

hiking
6 days ago

This was one of our primary goals on our visit to the ADK region. It didn’t disappoint! Our trip up was approximately 4 hrs and approximately 4.5 down. Very well maintained trail. Impressed with the fact the steward does a high peak 5 days a week. The views today were awesome from the top. Clear and cool on the top! Loved it. Its about getting the 46! One group made this this their 46th. Awesome to be there for that!

Glad I didn’t know how hard this loop would be before I naively took on the challenge...Ha! The scenic views are well worth every drop of sweat. I hiked from the Loj to Lake Colden thru Avalanche Pass and spent night in a lean to. Had a bear play soccer with my Bear Keg. Also saw beaver swimming in the lake. Next day I hiked up Boundary Pass and took a left at the top to be the first hiker of the day to enjoy Iroquois. Also a fantastic view of Wallface to the west. Hike up the pass was VERY difficult, but the views of Avalanche Pass & Great Range were amazing. I would not recommend hiking “down” the pass as it’s wet from the numerous waterfalls and quite slippery. After Iroquois I touched Algonquin and Wright on the way back to the Loj...knees screaming all the way. Day was clear and had views of Lake Champlain and mountains in Vermont. A hike I’ll never forget!

backpacking
7 days ago

perfect trail for backpacking, not too much elevation and amazing views, we camped right next to a river, and the trail has a lot of work put in to it like bridges, and trails along cliffs

Did this in 2015, no views at the top that day but still a great climb.

Excellent views but you really have to work for them. The trail is very steep and requires some “Adirondack Ninja Warrior” skills at times. Definitely glad to have hiked it when it was dry, as the trail is eroded and there are plenty of rocks that would be slippery when wet.

My girlfriend and I departed at 9:30am from the Jackrabbit trailhead on Whiteface Lodge Lane. We reached the summit shortly after 11:00 am and were back at the car at 12:20. We hiked a solid pace, spent 5 minutes at the summit and hammered back down. The hike started off very moderately along the wide ski trail and at the four way intersection, we turned right for Mt. McKenzie - there was a sketched in sign directing to Mt Mckenzie. Soon after began a steep grinding ascent, the most challenging terrain of the hike. It mellowed it and we reached a false summit continuing to gain elevation but much more gradually. After another false summit, we could see the Summit, so we descended through a small pass to finish a pretty steep last climb to reach the summit. Beautiful views from the top! Challenging hike but super fair and rewarding.

Cascade is an awesome hike. Porter was not worth it to me...it's very buggy and swampy and the view from the summit is much more impressive from Cascade. However, you can see the Cascade peak from the Porter peak which is kind of cool. It took us 6 hours to do both, but we stopped for many breaks and lunch.

Did this on July 9, our 17th highpoint. Weather was perfect. This hike is no joke. I see other posts saying “anyone can do it” I disagree. It’s certainly not impossible but it’s long, and coming down seems endless. I would suggest bringing more water than you think you need, and get some training in before you do it. It took us 10 hours with a considerable break at the top. All that said it is a tremendous view and a well maintained trail. Good luck.

I did this trail as part of my Saranac 6r ultra yesterday! Good day to do it since it was dry! Taking jackrabbit to MacKenzie and Haystack is a better option than the trailhead on Rte 86. From Whiteface Inn Rd, take the jackrabbit until the four-way intersection, turn right to summit MacKenzie (a difficult, poorly marked trail with lost of herd trails and false summits. It helps that people have put sticks blocking the herd trails in some places to indicate not to go that way if you keep an eye out for them.)Then I returned back down to the jackrabbit intersection and turned right (instead of following the sign to Haystack) to find a herd trail about .4 down the path. There's a small cairn on the left that marks it. It's a well-defined and direct route up Haystack! It's about .4 and an easier summit than the marked trail up Haystack. I then returned down and hiked back out to Whiteface Inn rd. This definitely saved a couple of miles off of both mountains to help me get the ultra done.

Nice and easy walk around the lake.

Definitely worth doing if you're looking to ease into the High Peaks as it's a pretty easy hike considering the terrain. It happens to be a top choice with a lot of people with little to no hiking experience; it's great that so many people get outside and I don't mind busy trails, but it means a lot of people who are either inconsiderate or ignorant of hiking etiquette. Very few people heading down observed the "rule" to yield to people ascending and would often barge right through the trail while descending without acknowledgement of any sort. Also lots of very slow ascenders would not move out of the way for faster hikers, creating bottlenecks that were pretty unpleasant (honestly, if you're hiking with a five-year-old, you're not going to be faster than a fit twenty-something, so why not let this person pass?). These were minor aggravations that didn't detract significantly from the experience, but they were quite annoying at times. The view from the top is spectacular.

It was an awesome hike . The only problem was we started really late (930 am ) for such a long hike ! This meant that we could not take longer breaks . We just did like 10 minutes at the summit and few ones here and there . This considerably slowed us down on our way back . In terms of technically I would term the last 3/4 mile as difficult with boulder and rock scrambling . But nothing too crazy ! The first 2 miles to the Merci dam is easy and then there is a steady climb along boulders from Indian falls for next 3 miles or so . The distance gets to you at the end . We did the last half hour in the dark !! So one should definitely start really early for this one . It is definitely challenging and your legs will tell you that when you wake up the next day !

Beautiful views! Easy hike!

Did Cascade today with wife and Eric (a neighbor), and two dogs. 500+ people on the trail today and 21 dogs. Nothing bad to say, unless you don't like it busy. Views were spectacular. Some muddy spots. Hike was relatively easy. We were counseled to not bother with Porter. Views not as good and pretty muddy. So we took that advice and the day turned out great!

This hike is awesome. I was debating doing it cuz I had never done one this long but its totally doable and for my first high peak hike I couldn’t be happier. I made it to summit in 3.5 hours and was passing most people on the way. “It’s not that bad” is the perfect description. Anyone can do it! The incline is gradual. Mile 4 and mile 6 are the hardest. Very rocky and muddy throughout; hiking boots are a must. The last half mile is no joke, at some parts I was on my hands and knees climbing. Hiked it July 7th and very cold at top I was SO glad to have brought a coat. Also there are outhouses after mile 2 and around mile 6. Roundtrip is about 15 miles. Shoutout to all the dogs on this trail yall are champs!

this was a brutal hike to do in 90+ weather in a day. Save marcy for last and stay in the tree cover out of the sun that way. I burn through water so bring a filter. I'll be coming back to do it again!

hiking
13 days ago

Best bang for your buck hike in the Adirondacks. Good for the whole family, amazing summit views. Short trail is steeper, long is more gradual. Perfect for an afternoon or early morning hike.

A super popular hike for good reason. A moderate hike and getting two peaks in a short day is always fun. There’s roughly 3 climbs on the hike with flatter sections breaking it up. Cascade has an amazing summit. Once at the trail split I recommend going over to Porter first then come back and enjoy and hang out on cascade. Porter summit has great views and cascade has different but great views and is much bigger. Fun hike

Great views for a moderate hike!

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