Leave the driving to us!
This fall, a brand new shuttle will begin its route from Lake Placid to Whiteface Mountain, giving hikers six trails to choose from along the way. The free shuttle will make finding a place to park and having to drive after a hike a thing of the past! The shuttle will run 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Friday through Sunday from September 13 through October 6, and for four days Columbus Day Weekend. The last shuttle leaves Lake Placid from Mirror Lake Park at 2:47 p.m. Please note that only service dogs are allowed on the shuttle.
The shuttle will stop at the following locations:
- Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort
- Mirror Lake Park (across from High Peaks Resort)
- Whiteface Landing trailhead
- Copperas Pond trailhead
- Bear Den Mountain trailhead
- Whiteface Mountain Ski Lodge
How about those hikes?
All of the hikes along the shuttle route are easy to moderate in difficulty, with Bear Den Mountain being the most difficult of the bunch. If you're new to hiking, try the trail to Copperas Pond before attempting Bear Den.
Whiteface Landing trailhead
Whiteface Landing: A mellow, 2.5 mile trail to the shore of Lake Placid lake, where you can see McKenzie Mountain, Moose Mountain, and Moose Island.
Copperas Pond trailhead
Copperas and Owen ponds: Two scenic ponds, one (mostly) easy trail. A steep 450 foot ascent from Route 86 followed by an easy downhill that ends at Copperas Pond, which has a lean-to, two tent sites, a jump-off rock, and nice views of Whiteface Mountain. Continue for another 0.7 miles to Owen Pond and enjoy views of 3,616-foot Stewart Mountain and 3,892-foot Kilburn Mountain.
Bear Den Mountain trailhead
Flume Trail System: This trail system for hiking and biking has a variety of options along its 10 miles of trails. Stay along the West Branch of the Ausable River for an easier hike or venture to Flume Knob or Bear Den Mountain for something more challenging.
Bear Den Mountain: The route up Bear Den ascends 1.6 miles and 1,160 feet from the trailhead near the parking area for Kid Campus at Whiteface Mountain Ski Area. The 2,400-foot summit of Bear Den has spectacular views of Whiteface and Wilmington Notch.
Whiteface Mountain Ski Lodge
West Branch Nature Trail: This easy 1.9-mile trail begins at the bottom of the Mixing Bowl lift and proceeds along the West Branch of the Ausable River. It makes a loop by returning via the beautiful Stag Brook Trail.
Stag Brook Falls Trail: Starting behind the Base Lodge, this half-mile trail follows Stag Brook to a 25-foot waterfall.