Hike the Lake Placid way!

The word vacation originated in the Adirondacks. So did the word “hiking.” Wait, that’s not true. Maybe we can pretend for a moment. When you’re standing amidst the natural beauty of the Adirondacks, it’s not hard to imagine that this is where it all began. Picture it: mountains, lakes, rivers, valleys, meadows, ponds. This is Lake Placid, and there are so many hikes that traverse this diverse landscape and lead to the most incredible views.

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.

Two hikers walk through a bright green forest

Best hiking trails near Lake Placid

Covering 20+ miles over strenuous terrain or gaining thousands of feet in elevation might not be a realistic goal for you right now. And that’s totally fine. One of the most important parts of hiking near Lake Placid (besides having fun) is choosing a hike that’s right for you. Know your own limits before embarking on a hike. This makes for a safer and more enjoyable experience. We highly recommend purchasing a guidebook and map, and talking to local experts or guides. We all need to start somewhere. If the hike you wanted to has a full parking lot or is inaccessible at the time, don’t worry! There are thousands of miles of hiking trails near Lake Placid. Each hike offers something different and unique; there is no single one that is “the best.” 

Need some help planning? Make sure you check your backpack before you start checking out the mountains!

Let’s talk about the big mountains, the ones you see towering above the horizon on the outskirts of town. Yes, the 46 High Peaks. We know them, we love them. If you want to join the ranks and climb these elite mountains, be prepared for rugged terrain, varying weather conditions, and challenging backcountry situations. But, truth be told, the best kept secrets in the Lake Placid hiking world are the lower elevation hikes, the ones that bring you to stunning panoramic views where you can look out and fully appreciate the grandeur of the landscape. Hiking, in essence, is just putting one foot in front of the other, but different hikes have different levels of difficulty. 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.

If you need some suggestions, try these amazing hikes outside of the High Peaks (or en Francais).

Hike safely during hunting season 

Hiking during the fall season is a magical time to catch colorful foliage and enjoy the trails. However, fall also brings with it hunting season in the Adirondacks. During this time, hunters may also be out and about in our shared outdoors. It's important to stay alert and know who you’re on the trails with. Always prioritize safety during hunting season to enjoy your hike without incidents. We know how essential it is to prepare for your next hiking trip during hunting season, and we've come prepared with all the info you need! For more guidance on hunting zones, dates, and times, visit the NYS DEC website to learn more.