Trail Closures

Due to the recent Halloween storm, which brought damaging winds and floods to much of northern New York, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that some trails, parking areas, and access roads are closed due to damage, wash-outs, or blow-down. Check here for more information on specific closures.

Great Falls Loop

  • Ausable Road
    Lake Placid

Hike Features

Waterfall

Hiking

This hike full of waterfalls includes two great falls, the impressive Beaver Meadows and the grand Rainbow Falls, which is fifteen stories of waterfall which cascades into a deep, short, gorge. There's also other, smaller, falls. However, there is no set of trails marked as the "Great Falls Loop", so you have to follow the directions closely.

This entire hike is on the private property of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR) where dogs are absolutely prohibited in this game preserve.

This trip offers some of the most spectacular sights of the Adirondacks. Can make its own hike or can be a Must-Not-Miss part of bagging nearby Gothics and Upper & Lower Wolf Jaw.

Trailhead

This is part of the St Huberts parking area/trailhead. The parking area is 7.5 Miles west on Route 73 from exit 30 on I-87 or 3 miles south of Keene Valley a the southern end of Ausable Road. From the parking area, follow the dirt road that turns to pavement next to a golf course. At 0.5 mi. from the parking area, turn left and down between two tennis courts on Lake Road Way to the gate house and register at 0.6 mi. from the parking area. Go right at the Gate house, cross the Ausable River, and turn left on the West River Trail.

This trail leads past Beaver Meadow Falls and at 3.7 miles from the gate house comes to a trail that leads right to Rainbow Falls. One can return by recrossing the Ausable River below the dam and walking the Lake Road or go over Indian Head and down along Gill Brook with its many waterfalls.

Elevation

1500’

Distance

The length of 9.4 miles RT makes this a moderate hike.

Time in hours

Family with Young Kids: consider it a day hike and pack accordingly
Experienced Hiker: To Rainbow Falls 2.5 Round Trip: 5.0
Out of Shape Hiker: consider it an all day hike and pack accordingly

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