Hiking in Lake Placid

Home to the largest trail system in the nation, the Adirondacks offers some of the best hiking trails in the East with over 2,000 miles of marked hiking trails. Most notable among these are the region’s trails leading to the 46 High Peaks, most of which are over 4,000 feet above sea level. But it's not all high mountain climbing here: there are trails perfect for every interest, level, and ability. Hey, there are even hikes than can be done in an hour or so, giving you the opportunity to hike in the morning and then explore other options in the afternoon. Take a quiet walk to a pond. Climb a small mountain with your kids. Opt for something more challenging. With so many mountains and trails to choose from, it's no surprise that hiking and climbing are favorites among Lake Placid’s outdoor activities.

Hiker shuttles

Parking at trailheads can be very limited. Use a hiker shuttle, usually available during peak hiking season (Memorial Day through mid-October) to make your adventure stress-free!

Two women and a baby in a carrier on the summit of a mountain.

Get away from the crowds

The High Peaks are beautiful, which means they're also extremely popular. Consider getting away from the crowds by tackling a lesser visited mountain. The views are just as nice and you'll find amazing peacefulness in the quiet woods! 

The brand new hiking center and Mountain Pass Lodge at Mount Van Hoevenberg is the perfect place to spread out. There is plenty of parking, restrooms, a place to eat and relax, and, best of all, one of the most sustainably built trails in the Adirondacks! 

But if you need some other suggestions, try other hikes outside of the High Peaks (or en Francais).

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

Before heading out, be sure to review the Leave No Trace principles and make sure you are prepared with hiking essentials!