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.


While a secondary trail does come in from the Whiteface ski area, this route is best for snowshoeing Flume Knob.

From the Flume Trails trailhead start by shoeing past the kiosk. Head uphill along an old road. The top of the hill will bring you along an easy course over some pristine mountain biking trails, which is where the cross-country skiing tracks may be seen.

Many side trails will come in on both sides of this main trail, be sure to follow the main trail back to the Flume Knob Trail. There will be a major intersection with the Flume Knob Trail that cannot go unnoticed.

From this intersection the trail climbs steadily along a somewhat aggressive course. The trail continues to move between steep to moderate and back to steep. Be sure to take in the views as they occur along the climb.

The summit offers outstanding views over Wilmington toward the Jays.  There are a couple sections that can have difficult footing, just take your time and conquer those at your own pace.


From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward Wilmington. Continue for 10.1 miles to the Flume Parking on the left.


2420 feet


1330 Feet

Distance Round Trip

4.0 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip

Families with Kids:            3 to 4 hours

Experienced Snowshoers:            2 to 2.5 hours

Out of Shape Snowshoers: 2.5 to 3 hours

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Two-Three; due to steepness and lack of winter use

Please note

The trails are used frequently in the winter for cross-country skiing, if you see ski tracks please be sure to snowshoe to the side of them as to not ruin their condition.