Around the Mountain

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    Lake Placid

Scenic cruise around Whiteface and McKenzie mountains. Stunning beauty in any season, but especially striking in the fall.

Many hiking opportunities to easily observe riverside views and forest compositions. Dining and service opportunities in Lake Placid, Wilmington, and Saranac Lake.

Approximate travel TIME 2 hours. LENGTH: 46 mile loop.

Highlights and Side Trips: · Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage (Saranac Lake) · Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway (Wilmington) · Santa’s Workshop (Wilmington) · Whiteface Mountain Gondola Ride (Wilmington) · High Falls Gorge Adventure Center (Wilmington)

DIRECTIONS: Starting from Lake Placid, take Route 86 east to Wilmington. Turn left on Route 431 and climb a very long and demanding hill. At the top of the hill bear right onto Cty. Route 18 towards Bloomingdale and cruise down a series of hills (beware loose gravel) and along the edge of Franklin Falls Pond. Turn left on Route 3 in Bloomingdale. In Saranac Lake, turn left on Pine Street, stay left on McKenzie Pond Road to Route 86 and back to Lake Placid.

Find out more about Franklin Falls.

Fall photo courtesy Kevin Ebi.