Hiking

You came to the Adirondacks to bag a peak, but when the morning of the big hike arrives the clouds are so low you might as well be in Ohio. Don’t fret — there’s more to these mountains than rocky crowns and open ledges. The forests here are wet, and during all but the driest of summers there’s water everywhere, trickling across the higher elevations and building to impressive proportions as it crashes into our valleys. The most thrilling way to see this is by visiting one of our waterfalls, and there are a lot to choose from. Some require a full day hike, but the three below are all within a... continue reading
 
A fun opportunity A few weeks ago, a guide friend of mine told me about the American martens that have been hanging out at the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Adirondack Loj in Lake Placid. They have apparently been coming to scavenge at the dumpsters and campground for scraps for quite a while this winter, presenting a good opportunity to take photos of these medium-sized members of the weasel family (collectively called mustelids). I immediately took the first day I could that offered nice weather for photos, and I went to look for the martens joined by a few family members who were visiting.... continue reading
 
It can seem funny to think of "beating the crowds" when it comes to hiking in the many forests and mountains of the Adirondacks. But, while there are plenty of trails to go around, certain mountains turn out to be riding a surge of popularity. As a result, they actually get a bit crowded. Starting last year, a new system coordinating safe parking, a shuttle service, and a choice of activities was put in place for Columbus Day holiday weekend. So everyone can choose their own adventure. The Cascade Mountain Trail It is the popularity of Cascade Mountain which... continue reading
 
Summer in Lake Placid is prime time to vacation with the family. The kids are restless and ready to be outdoors. And, well, parents are feeling the same. Lake Placid, with its majestic mountains and pristine lakes, makes a great destination for all ages. You can explore the outdoors by hiking, swimming, and paddling. You can also hang out in Lake Placid's vibrant downtown and listen to free, live music. It’s the best of both worlds. Below is a list of free or affordable activities for you and, especially the kids, to enjoy on your summer visit. Free Lake Placid Public... continue reading
 
Sore feet? Stumbling in the dark? Out of water? We’re here to help! The summer hiking season is in full swing in the Adirondacks, but don’t let our well-marked trails fool you. A hike into the mountains is really a trek into a beautiful, rugged backcountry. Weather conditions can change rapidly and outings can take longer than expected, but it’s pretty easy to plan ahead and be prepared. We guarantee you’ll be more comfortable and that will make your adventure more enjoyable, giving you time to focus on the important things, like how awesome the view is. What’s in your... continue reading
 
Winter in Lake Placid can seem to last forever. We enjoy the days on the mountain, skating on Mirror Lake, and cross-country skiing. The cold nights are perfect for snuggling in at your hotel by the fire, or sipping cocktails in the hotel bar. But once the snow starts to melt the excitement really starts to build as we daydream about the impending summer season and our next big adventure. But first...spring. There are many reasons to visit Lake Placid during the spring months. The pleasant temperatures is one of them. The average temps in May and June are between 66 and 74 degrees... continue reading
 
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... 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... 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,... 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... continue reading
 

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