From the Loj Road you will have to ski South Meadow Lane for 1mile to access the Klondike Notch Trail. The road starts out heading easily uphill before descending very gradually to the parking lot at the end of the road. The trail is to the back of the parking lt.
The trail to Klondike Notch is a very demanding one even if the beginning of it does not present itself to be so. The start of the trail heads through the low lands of South Meadow but will eventually start climbing and at times a bit steep. The trail ascends the shoulder of Phelps Mountain before topping out at Klondike Notch at around 3100 feet in elevation. Many skiers stop at the lean-to about 0.75 miles shy of the top of the notch.
Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:
Approximate Time, Round Trip:
- Family with Kids: Not recommended
- Experienced Skier: 4 to 5 hours
- Out of Shape/Beginner Skier: Not recommended
Distance Round Trip:
Leave Lake Placid on Rte 73, follow Rte 73 toward Keene. Continue for about 3-miles to Adirondack Loj Road on the right. Follow Adirondack Loj Road to South Meadow Lane on the left. Park at the start of South Meadow Lane near the boulders.
Difficulty: 1=beginner, 5=advanced
Four: This is a very demanding ski that requires you to have some experience on backcountry terrain.
Additional Important Information:
Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.