Klondike Notch

  • South Meadows Road
    Lake Placid

This steep trail ascends the shoulder of Phelps Mountain before topping out at Klondike Notch. One can descend the other side of the notch and arrive at Johns Brook Lodge in the Johns Brook Valley.


This is considered a moderate trail with some steep stretches. It lets a hiker experience the lovely scenery from Adirondack Loj to Johns Brook Lodge if they wish. The Lodge is 6.3 miles from the beginning. The top of the notch is reached in 4.2 miles.


Leave Lake Placid on Route 73, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue for about 3 miles to Adirondack Loj Road on the right. Follow Adirondack Loj Road to South Meadow Lane on the left. Park at the start of South Meadow Lane near the boulders.

From the Loj Road you will have to ski South Meadow Lane for 1mile to access the Klondike Notch Trail. The road starts out heading easily uphill before descending very gradually to the parking lot at the end of the road. The trail is to the back of the parking lot. 

The Trail

The trail to Klondike Notch is a very demanding one even if the beginning of it does not present itself to be so. The start of the trail heads through the low lands of South Meadow but will eventually start climbing and at times a bit steep.


3,182 ft


1,130 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination

1,100 feet

Distance Round Trip

12.6 miles


The Klondike lean-to (roughly 3.6 miles in) is a well kept lean-to and a great spot to camp.

Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Many skiers stop at the lean-to about 0.75 mile shy of the top of the notch.