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Best trails in Lake Placid

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Looking for a great trail near Lake Placid, New York? AllTrails has 67 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around D.A.R. State Park or Macomb Reservation State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Hurricane Mountain Wilderness or Saint Regis Canoe Area. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 40 hard trails in Lake Placid ranging from 4.2 to 29.6 miles and from 1,660 to 5,337 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Lake Placid
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#1 - Mount Marcy via Van Hoevenberg Trail
High Peaks Wilderness
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Length: 15.4 mi • Est. 8 h 11 m
Mount Marcy peak is the highest point in New York state within the High Peaks Region. This is a challenging hike due to its length. Starting on the Van Hoevenberg Trail from the Adirondack Loj or near Heart Lake, the trail is easy until you reach Marcy Dam. Once you have reached the dam, you begin climbing up rocky terrain, as the trail is mostly boulders, and this persists most of the way from there on. Stop and take a rest by Phelps Brook and Indian Falls to take in some excellent views. You will want to refill water bottles here as there are no streams the rest of the way. The hiking gets harder as you get closer to the summit. The last 1.2 miles is the toughest climb of the hike and the last push is bedrock that feels steeper than it is. However, the payoff from the Mount Marcy Summit is a fantastic view of the Adirondack high peaks, Mont Royal in Montreal, Canada, and the Green Mountains in Vermont all from the highest peak in the state. This is a popular route within the Adirondack Mountains is heavily traveled, well maintained, and very well marked, however it can be rough on weak ankles. Hiking boots with good ankle support are recommended.Show more
#2 - Mount Jo Loop Trail
High Peaks Wilderness
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
Mount Jo stands 700 ft. over Heart Lake near ADK Loj south of Lake Placid in the heart of the High Peaks Zone of the Adirondacks. Mt. Jo has two trails that lead to its summit. The summit offers spectacular views of the High Peaks and the MacIntyre range and is a great hike for the kids. This is a very short two mile loop hike that will bring you to the top of a wonderful little peak above Heart Lake with just over 600 feet of climbing. It's a great hike for little kids or an older family member who you would like to get into the outdoors. It's also a good hike if you have time and energy after another shorter 46er hike like Phelps or maybe Tabletop.Show more
#3 - Marcy Dam Trail
High Peaks Wilderness
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
This trail is rocky and full of up and down. Great views at the end and opportunities to link up to other trails to utilize different routs on the way in or out. This trail is mostly made up of an access road to Marcy Dam. It can be a nice summer hike but is best suited for cross-country skiing and snow shoeing. The trail is full of up and down so it can be a lot of fun for intermediate and expert skiers, but it can be a real handful for beginners because there will be many falls coming down the curvy slopes.Show more
#4 - Algonquin, Iroquois and Wright Peaks via Algonquin Trail
High Peaks Wilderness
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 6 h 6 m
Great views from all three peaks. From Wright and Algonquin you have a great view of Lake Placid. You can even see the Olympic Ski jump. From Algonquin and Iroquois you'll have a nice view of high peaks to both the East and West. The first mile and a half are relatively flat with sparse rocks. After that you'll start gaining elevation quickly. At this point the density of rocks and size of rocks will increase. Wright peak is a fun stop. There are lots of bare rock faces on the trek up. After that, you'll continue up towards Algonquin. From this point you'll be walking on mostly bare rock face. On a dry day this will probably be straight forward. In wet and muddy conditions be prepared to spend more energy climbing rock face and finding little foot holds to prevent slipping. From Algonquin the trip to Iroquois is fun and simple. Follow the cairns down the south side of Algonquin and you'll eventually find a maintained trail. At some point you'll come to a sharp left turn and a sign that says foot trail left. To get to Iroquois you'll want to ignore this sign and look for a herd path to the right of the sign. This will take you to Iroquois. If you start rapidly losing elevation, you missed the heard path. Show more
#5 - Algonquin Peak and Wright Peak via Algonquin Trail
High Peaks Wilderness
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 5 h 22 m
Although a bit strenuous, the MacIntyre Range is one of the most beautiful climbs in all the High Peaks. There are a few ways to climb these peaks, and whatever way you decide, you'll have great views all day, weather permitting. Start off at the Adirondack Lodge at Heart Lake. After signing in at the trailhead at the far end of the parking lot, follow the path 1 mile. You'll see a trail intersection, marked, follow it to the right because that is your path to Wright Peak, Algonquin, Iroquois Peak. It is 2.6 miles to the summit of Wright. For the first part up towards Wright, the rocks make a stairway which is pretty nice and easy to follow. You'll encounter some steep rocks but they are easy to get up. You can't miss the sign for Wright Peak (#16 on 46'er list), follow the trail left .4 miles to summit. On clear days you can see for miles in every direction. There is a plaque dedicated to Servicemen who's plane crashed into the mountain so search around for it. After you climb back down, keep heading up the trail about 30-40 minutes and you'll be on the summit of Algonquin (#2 on 46'er list). Very beautiful views. If you follow the summit you'll see cairns lining down the backside of Algonquin leading towards Iroquois Peak which is 1 mile. Now, after following the cairns down you'll see an arrow pointing left, do NOT take it. Go right. From here, the path is a very narrow. At one point, the rocks get steep and you'll have to climb part of it. Shorter people and children will have difficulties here. But once you make it over the first peak, Iroquois is the next one. Just keep following the trail and cairns and you'll make it. Once again more great views. On the way back, you can follow that arrow and take it towards Avalanche Lake, and follow the signs to Marcy Dam and the Lodge or just back track the way you came.Show more
#6 - Cascade Mountain
High Peaks Wilderness
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 3 h 3 m
#7 - Cobble Hill
Saranac Lakes Wild Forest
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
Note: As of August 2020, the main trailhead has been reported closed however the trail is still accessible. You will have to park elsewhere. This is a very short but enjoyable trail through woods and then up onto a rocky outcrop with a nice view. Great hike for kids - streams to enjoy, woods and a very fun rock scramble with a rope to help you up. The views are great for such a short hike.Show more
#8 - Mount Colden via Avalanche Pass Trail
High Peaks Wilderness
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Length: 12.8 mi • Est. 7 h 13 m
On this beautiful loop hike you will pass through Avalanche Pass and then ascend the steep Mt. Colden trail from the shores of Lake Colden. On top of this 4,715 foot peak (ADK #11) you will have great views of the MacIntyre Range and also southeast towards Mt. Marcy. This loop trail can be very strenuous and is often done in reverse. There are three options to the summit of Colden - the Lake Arnold trail (not as steep), the trap dyke (read CAREFULLY about this and know your limits before attempting as it can be dangerous) or the Mt. Colden trail which is what this trip log reports.Show more
#9 - Street Mountain and Nye Mountain Trail
High Peaks Wilderness
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 5 h 7 m
Street Mountain (ADK 31) and Nye Mountain (ADK 45) are considered trail-less peaks which means they are not officially maintained and are unmarked. As you leave the Loj you head towards the Mt. Joe trailhead and enjoy a nice view of Heart Lake along the way. Once you reach the trailhead for Mt. Joe you will see a sign that says the trail is unmaintained from this point forward - that is where you are headed. After about 1.2 miles you will reach Indian Brook which you must make your way across by rock hopping - be careful in times of high water and keep it safe. After the rock hop there is a second crossing which can be done via a tree that has fallen over the brook. After this you can follow the herd paths up to Nye and Street. This is a little tougher to do in the winter. The hike is around 9 miles and gets a little steep and heavy with blow down towards the top but is very enjoyable.Show more
#10 - Avalanche Pass and Avalanche Lake Trail
High Peaks Wilderness
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Length: 12 mi • Est. 4 h 56 m
This is a wonderful hike into a beautiful cliff-lined alpine lake deep in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks Region This is a wonderful hike from Adirondack Loj to Avalanche Lake in between Mt. Colden and Algonquin. You'll climb along ladders and bridges bolted directly to the cliff walls around the lake. The views up the slides and trapdike towards the top of Colden are incredible.Show more
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