Biking in Lake Placid

Lake Placid has variety

Over the years, the Lake Placid region has emerged as a popular destination for those seeking a unique biking experience. During the warmer months, recreational riders and athletes from around the world descend on the area to enjoy views of New York's highest peaks while exploring the varied terrain here. 

Biking opportunities for cycling in the region are as diverse as the sport itself. From easy, level cruisers to white-knuckled drops, there's something to suit any skill level. Our paved roads roll, coast, and climb past villages, mountains, and streams, while our ever-expanding network of singletrack trails will get your legs — and your heart rate — pumping. Riders can test themselves on the official Ironman Lake Placid bike course, head out for a casual mountain bike ride on the Brewster Peninsula Trails, or opt for something that falls somewhere in between.

Road bike routes and loops

Ride any of Lake Placid's cycling loops and tours and you'll be immersed in the stunning Adirondack landscape. There are lots of ways to see the scenery, and there's so much of it anything from a one- to five-hour trek will do. If you like to spend all day in the saddle, combine the shorter routes to make an epic, all-day ride. Just be sure not to miss some of our classic, and incredible, cycling experiences, like screaming down to the town of Keene through Cascade Pass, or the incredible panoramic mountain views close to town on Bear Cub Road.

Mountain bike trails

Lake Placid is home to an extensive singletrack trail network developed through a collaborative effort between local landowners and a hard working mountain bike advocacy group called the Barkeater Trails Alliance. The singletrack trails here were designed with many skill levels in mind, and they're so close to town you might not even have to get in your car. It's easy to see why the mountain biking culture in Lake Placid and the surrounding area is growing exponentially each year. Make the trip to see it for yourself! 

The region's newest trails represent modern trends in mountain biking. The Lake Placid Club and Resort property's mountain bike trails, the Lussi Trails, were updated in 2014. Better drainage was installed and work to improve the flow took place all summer long. Similarly, the trails surrounding the town of North Elba's Craig Wood Golf Course are smooth, fast, and flowing. The two networks are easily connected by the Jackrabbit Trail for all-day riding. Stop by one of Lake Placid's great bike shops for a map and the most current information to guide you through all of the trails' many twists and turns.

Other Adirondack biking

Looking for even more riding? Head to the nearby Whiteface Region, the Biking Capital of the Adirondacks. Located on the other side of the rugged Wilmington Notch, the Whiteface Region has top-notch mountain biking terrain and cycling routes. The favorite, Franklin Falls Road Loop, provides riders with a sampling of the area's scenic beauty.

The Whiteface Region also plays host to the popular Wilmington Bike Festival each year, which includes the 3,500 foot Uphill Road Race to the top of Whiteface Mountain and the grueling Wilmington/Whiteface 100K Mountain Bike Race.  

Prepare for adventure

Whatever Adirondack cycling adventure you choose to embark on, remember to observe the rules of the road — and the woods. If you need riding gear or just want some invaluable local knowledge, consult one of the many Lake Placid bike shops or guide services. They can outfit you with equipment, routes, trail maps, and instruction for individuals and groups.

Book your Lake Placid cycling trip today! Choose from Lake Placid's variety of lodging options and start inventing your own perfect day.

Adirondack Loj Road
Location: Adirondack Loj Road, Lake Placid, New York
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Brewster Peninsula Trail
Location: Peninsula Rd, Lake Placid, New York
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Ausable River Loop
Location: Heritage Park, Wilmington, New York
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Bloomingdale Bog
Location: Route 86, Saranac Lake, New York
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Craigwood Trails
Location: Birdsong Lane, Lake Placid, New York
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Bloomingdale, Onchiota, Gabriels Route
Location: River St, Saranac Lake, New York
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Flume Trails
Location: Route 86, Wilmington, New York
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Fish Hatchery Long
Location: River St, Saranac Lake, New York
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Ironman Loop
Location: Lake Placid, Keene, Jay, Wilmington, Lake Placid, New York
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Between the Jays
Location: County Highway 22, Jay, New York
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Norman Ridge
Location: River St, Saranac Lake, New York
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Mountain Bike Trail - Mount Pisgah
Location: Mount Pisgah Road, Saranac Lake, New York
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The “Caddyshack” Trails
Location: Route 86 & River Road, Lake Placid, New York
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Fish Hatchery Short
Location: River St, Saranac Lake, New York
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Pine Pond Lake Placid Bike Trail
Location: Averyville Rd, Lake Placid, New York
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Dewey Mountain Bike Trails
Location: Route 3, Saranac Lake, New York
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Lake Everest Loop
Location: Route 86, Wilmington, New York
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Lake Champlain Bikeways
Location: Crown Point, New York
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Rapid Descent Trail
Location: 5021 NYS Route 86, Wilmington, New York
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Olympic Sports Complex | High Peaks Mountain Bike Center
Location: 220 Bobsled Run Lane, Lake Placid, New York
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Moody Pond
Location: Forest Hill Ave, Saranac Lake, New York
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Mt Pisgah
Location: River St, Saranac Lake, New York
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Wilmington Notch
Location: Route 86, Lake Placid, New York
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River Forks Trail
Location: Jay Village Green Park, Jay, New York
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