Stag Brook Falls is an excellent couple hours of hiking along an attractive brook with numerous waterfalls and cascades. Picnic benches, nature signs, and swimming are available along the way.
Access to this trail is at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. When the mountain is open for skiing, hikers are not granted access to this trail.
Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward Wilmington. Continue for 9.2 miles to the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. Turn into the center and park in the lot on the right
You will need to park in the main lot for the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center and hike the road toward the Main Lodge. As you cross the bridge there will be the main building on your left and another building straight ahead. Walk to the left of the secondary building and up the gravel road onto one of the ski trails. The trail for Stag Brook Falls is at the top of the gravel road, a marker on a power pole is its start.
The trail: The hike will start on an uphill and continue to climb to its end. The largest of the falls is not too far along the trail and can be enjoyed from the base or from a bit higher as you continue along the trail. The trail continues along the left of the brook as it makes it way higher along the cascade. Other small waterfalls and swimming holes are met along the way.
A road crossing is part way up, just cross directly over it to the continuation of the trail. The trail will essentially end on the ski slopes. At this point you have the option to hike back down the trail or down the grassy ski slopes.
Unless in the trees along the brook, hikers should be mindful of mountain bikers who also use the mountain during summer months.
Family with young kids: Primary trail – 1 hour to end of trail
Experienced hiker: Primary trail – 3/4 hours to end of trail
Out of shape hiker: Primary trail – 1 hour to end of trail