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.
Distance Round Trip
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
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.