Don’t end your hike with a parking ticket

To avoid congestion and potentially dangerous situations, parking on the shoulder of Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Rooster Comb trailhead is off limits. Parking on the shoulder of the road near the Cascade Mountain trailhead is also off limits. Shuttles are available. read more

Peninsula Nature Trails

  • Brewster Peninsula Rd
    Lake Placid

Hike Features

Ponds / Lakes

Hiking

The Brewster Peninsula Trails are located on the shores of Lake Placid and are tucked back on a dirt road. The DEC has worked to use old access roads and selected new trails to develop this year-round destination for short, fun afternoon outings. A destination for cross-country skiers, snowshoers, mountain bikers, trail runners, hikers, family picnics and fishing – you shouldn’t be surprised to see all kinds of recreationists. Young and old, novice to experienced – this is a great spot to stretch your legs.

Corridor Trail: This trail is the initial trail that accesses the trail network. From the gate you descend slightly to a trail register. The trail continues to descend and eventually flattens out as it accesses the other three trails. It ends at the start of the Ridge Trail. .75 miles in length, one way, 10-15 minutes travel time.

Lake Shore Trail: This trail is exactly what it says. It follows the shore of Lake Placid before ending at a dam. The trail is much rockier and uneven than the rest of the trail, but is a highlight of the system. 0.4 miles in length, one way, 10-15 minutes travel time.

Boundary Trail: This trail is can also be considered a connector trail. It is relatively flat with little change in elevation. 0.9 miles in length, one way, 10-15 minutes travel time.

Ridge Trail: This trail is one of the favorites, might be because of the name, it kind of sounds like adventure. The trail starts from the end of the Corridor Trail and climbs steadily to the top of a long ridge. The trail then drops suddenly about 20 feet before moderately descending through a very attractive forest to the Boundary Trail. 0.7 miles in length, one way, 10-15 minutes travel time.

Peninsula Nature Trails trailhead: From the intersection of Routes 73 and 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward the center of town and Saranac Lake. Continue to follow it as it swings left and climbs a short hill. Turn right on Peninsula Road — it looks like the entrance to a hotel, but you’ll see a large DEC sign for the trails — and follow it, bearing left at the next intersection. The trailhead and parking are on the left.

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Read our blog post, Peninsular Nature Trails, about this hike!

Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing

The Brewster Peninsula Trails are located on the shores of Lake Placid and are tucked back on a dirt road and are often overlooked or not known about by the visiting community. This is a wonderful destination for cross-country skiers, snowshoers, mountain bikers, trail runners, hikers, family picnics, walking the dog, and fishing – you shouldn’t be surprised to see all kinds of recreationists. Use the four main trails below to create loops of cross country skiing fun for the entire family. 

Trailhead: From the intersection of Routes 73 and 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward the center of town and Saranac Lake. Continue to follow it as it swings left and climbs a short hill. Turn right on Peninsula Road — it looks like the entrance to a hotel, but you’ll see a large DEC sign for the trails — and follow it, bearing left at the next intersection. The trailhead and parking are on the left.

Corridor Trail

This trail is the initial trail that accesses the trail network. From the gate you descend slightly to a trail register. The trail continues to descend but very gently before it flattens out and accesses the other three trails. It ends at the start of the Ridge Trail near the Shore of Lake Placid.

0.75 mile, one way 

Lake Shore Trail

This trail is exactly what it says. It follows the shore of Lake Placid before ending at a dam which is also the Jackrabbit Trail. The trail is much rockier and uneven than the rest of the trail, but is a highlight of the system. It seems to hold less snow than the other trails because it is mostly under an evergreen canopy; you need good conditions and much more snow to make this trail a good ski. 

0.4 mile, one way 

Boundary Trail

This trail is can also be considered and connector trail. It is relatively flat with little change in elevation, a nice section for beginner skiers to venture upon. 

0.9 mile, one way 

Ridge Trail

This trail is one of the favorites and it might be because of the name. The trail starts from the end of the Corridor Trail and climbs steadily to the top of a long ridge. There are small rolling hills on the ridge but mainly flat. The trail then drops suddenly and steeply for about 20 feet before moderately descending through a very attractive forest to the Boundary Trail. 

0.7 mile, one way

Trail Running

The Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails are located on the shores of Lake Placid and are tucked back on a dirt road. The DEC has worked to use old access roads and selected new trails to develop this year-round destination for short, fun afternoon outings. A destination for cross-country skiers, snowshoers, mountain bikers, trail runners, hikers, family picnics and fishing – you shouldn’t be surprised to see all kinds of recreationists. Young and old, novice to experienced – this is a great spot to stretch your legs.

Peninsula Nature Trails trailhead: From the intersection of Routes 73 and 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward the center of town and Saranac Lake. Continue to follow it as it swings left and climbs a short hill. Turn right on Peninsula Road — it looks like the entrance to a hotel, but you’ll see a large DEC sign for the trails — and follow it, bearing left at the next intersection. The trailhead and parking are on the left.

Trail Descriptions

Corridor Trail: This trail is the initial trail that accesses the trail network. From the gate you descend slightly to a trail register. The trail continues to descend and eventually flattens out as it accesses the other three trails. It ends at the start of the Ridge Trail. For running this is an excellent warm up trail, a bit of mud resides near the end which can be very messy during the right conditions.

Beginner - 0.75 mile in length, one way - 5 minutes travel time.

Lake Shore Trail: This trail is exactly what it says. It follows the shore of Lake Placid before ending at a dam. The trail is much rockier and uneven that the rest of the trail, but is a highlight of the system. This is a bit tougher of a trail due to its uneven and slightly rocky and root infested conditions, but a great place for a beginner to practice their foot work.

Beginner - 0.4 mile in length, one way - Less than 5 minutes travel time.

Boundary Trail: This trail is can also be considered and connector trail. It is relatively flat with little change in elevation. This is a very easy trail for running and one that runners can pick up the pace and work on their stamina.

Beginner - 0.9 mile in length, one way - 10 minutes travel time.

Ridge Trail: This trail is one of the favorites, might be because of the name, it kind of sounds like adventure. This is a fun trail for running with the only section of significant rolling hills. The trail starts from the end of the Corridor Trail and climbs steadily to the top of a long ridge. The trail then drops suddenly about 20 feet before moderately descending through a very attractive forest to the Boundary Trail.

Beginner

0.7 mile in length, one way - 10 minutes travel time.

Trail Conditions: Well-maintained with excellent footing. Some mud in areas a tough footing near the lake

Trail Format: Loops are typically created, short out-and-back along Corridor Trail

Trail Distance: Varied depending on loops created

Runner Recommendations: Beginner

Approximate Time: Varies depending loops created

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