Hiking

I have walked, hiked, and exercised dogs over the years at Lake Placid's historic John Brown Farm. The hiking trails are beautiful, the views always stunning, and the skies dramatic. But who was the man? John Brown was born May 9, 1800, in Torrington, Connecticut. He decided that an armed insurgency of volunteers combined with a slave revolt was the only surefire way to end the convention of slavery in America. He was angered and frustrated by the slow, peaceful political means in which the abolitionist coalition moved. He made his name in Kansas where he led forces in what came to be known... continue reading
 
Thinking of taking a quick weekend getaway that’s full of active things to do? Lake Placid just might be the perfect place for you. Here’s the ultimate 36-hour itinerary in the Adirondacks for you active folks!    Ski Whiteface Get up bright and early on Saturday morning and head to the town of Lake Placid if you aren’t already staying there. Grab yourself a coffee (chai tea latte if you’re like me) from The Breakfast Club Etc. and continue on to Whiteface Mountain. I recommend getting there as early as possible and purchasing your tickets online ahead of time to avoid any lines. (... continue reading
 
The snow-covered pond is not yet frozen solid. The giant, snow-caked evergreens — worthy of The Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan — here, stand unknown, strong and proud, they stand here for me. The trails at John Brown Farm are family and four-legged pal friendly. So I come here in any mood, whether I want to hike, meander, or stroll. The trails intersect at various points so it’s a bit of a make-your-own-hike, which I find really fun and adventurous. Togetherness In Nature Whatever the dynamic of your family, I find the roaming, winding, meandering trails at John Brown Farm to be... continue reading
 
Separation anxiety is real. And I am not referring to my dog’s angst, but of my own about leaving her behind. It’s that feeling of guilt as you look into those sad, liquid dark eyes. And if I pack my hiking shoes in front of her, and she starts wagging her tail, my guilt is unbearable. I want to save you from all of that, so I am happy to report that Lake Placid, our beautiful, water-side village ringed by Adirondack mountains, is not just dog tolerant, but downright canine hospitable. It is common to see dogs in hotel lobbies, on outdoor restaurant decks, frolicking on hiking trails, and... continue reading
 
Lucky you! You’re in Lake Placid, the sun is shining, and the entire day lies ahead. The problem is, there’s a lot to do and never enough time to do it all. Don't worry! Six locals are here to offer up their versions of a perfect Lake Placid day. Get some ideas, then have fun inventing your own perfect day! The lone wolf Twists, dips, and turns through ever-changing scenery. That’s a ride through the Adirondacks. Glenn’s perfect day begins and ends on his motorcycle. He starts by riding through downtown Lake Placid, then he’s off to Wilmington — a... continue reading
 
You’ll need to drive to hike some of the biggest mountains in the region, but there is plenty of scenery right in Lake Placid. Why not stay in town? Read on and we’ll have you tossing the car keys aside and setting off by foot or bike to four of our favorite jaw-dropping destinations. 1.Cobble Hill This little gem rises 460 feet above the eastern shore of Mirror Lake. See that big bald spot on its face? That’s your destination. About a half mile from the trailhead, you’ll reach a fork. From here there are two ways to tackle Cobble: The 0.8 mile route, right, is pretty steep, while the 1.6... continue reading
 
There aren’t many places where you can get a big payoff from a small investment — luckily, Lake Placid isn’t most places. Sure, the High Peaks offer some of the most outstanding views anywhere, but they also take the better part of a day to hike. Try one of these easier hikes, and use that extra energy to explore downtown. 1. Cobble Lookout Take a trip to the other side of Whiteface Mountain. This trail started as a well-kept local secret, now it’s a must-do — well marked, well maintained, and awesome in the view department. The path goes gently uphill past an old quarry, then climbs to a... continue reading
 
  Late to bed, early to rise I’m not a morning person, but I do appreciate the finer things in life, and one of the finest things I’ve experienced is the sunrise from a High Peak. I recently recruited two friends, Emilee and Dan, to accompany me on an early morning foray to the Balanced Rocks on Pitchoff Mountain, a 1.6 mile hike. It’s the kind of thing that sounds like a great idea until the logistics are revealed: Wake up at 2:45 a.m., drive from my home in Saranac Lake to Lake Placid, meet my companions, and hit the trail by 4 a.m. To my surprise, I almost pulled it off. By 4:15, our ... continue reading
 
Memorial Day Weekend Kicks off a Summer of Fun in the Adirondacks Usa Submitted by Guest Blogger: Jesse Macomber Opening day in the Adirondacks is upon us and we’re overcome with excitement! Campgrounds, hiking trails, and museums will come alive as outdoor enthusiasts from far and wide venture to our beautiful region to celebrate the season we live for – summer in the Adirondacks. If there’s one thing that the Adirondacks are known for, it’s our hiking trails and unique camping spots. With over 2,000 miles of trails that wind through forests, skirt beautiful waterfalls, and lead to... continue reading
 
I remember the first time I saw an Adirondack toilet paper tree. We were coming off of the summit of Cascade Mountain, a popular summertime hike, and I spotted a narrow path into the thick balsam forest. I figured most trails lead to a destination and decided to investigate. To my horror, that destination was a disgusting scene of human waste and used T.P. not 15 feet from the main path. This wasn’t a secret overlook or some other hidden beauty; it was a makeshift restroom. I’ve seen it all, from campsites set up a few feet from a stream to bags of garbage left next to a lean-to. Here’s the... continue reading
 

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