Winter Overview and Trail Conditions:
These 3.5 miles are the last 3.5 miles of the Jackrabbit Trail and one of the most scenic sections as well. From the trailhead you will ski on a nearly flat surface and cross a small beaver pond. Not far beyond is a decent sized hill that will need to be climbed. Once you crest the hill you will have a nice downhill with a couple small turns that will bring you down to another beaver marsh. That is the only big hill on the trail. With a couple small hills in front of you it’s a nice ski out to Rock and River Guide Service at the end of the trail at Alstead Hill Road. This is where you would want to spot a car if you have the option, if not feel free to turn around whenever you wish to ski back to the trailhead.
Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:
Family with Kids: 3 hours, one way
Experienced Skier: 2 hours, one way
Beginner Skier: 3 hours, one way
3.5 miles, end to end
Leave Lake Placid on Rte 73, follow Rte 73 toward Keene. Continue to Old Mountain Road on the left and follow it. Continue to its end at the trailhead.
Difficulty: 1=beginner, 5=advanced
Two: A flat and easy ski aside from one fairly decent sized hill
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.