From the parking area, follow the trail and turn left on the Long Trail. You will descend back down along an old road and eventually reach a foot trail to the south shore of Echo Lake.
The lake is quite small, and the best views are at the far end. At the far end of the lake the trail turns right to head up Cobble Hill. Other trails keep going, but they were designed for mountain biking and will take you quite a ways out of the way.
Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward the center of town. Take a right at the town hall onto Mirror Lake Drive. Continue through the four-way stop and follow Mirror Lake Drive past Northwood Road to the entrance to Northwood School. There is a trailhead parking area 200 yards up this entrance road on the left.
One can also approach via Mount Whitney Road, which is on the right just beyond the Northwood School entrance. Parking is on Mirror Lake Drive. There is enough room for about six cars.
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Elevation: 1,880 feet
Distance: 1 mile