This is a gentle walk to a lovely, miniature waterfall. This hike's charm is the easy route and the lovely setting.
At the Adirondack Loj, follow signs to the Indian Pass trail, which first proceeds along the shore of Heart Lake and then heads to the southwest on a gently rolling profile. At 2.1 miles from Adirondak Loj, go right on a spur trail that leads about 100 yards to Indian Pass Brook.
If the water isn't too high, cross the brook and follow the trail up the other side to a lean-to and the falls. Alternatively, follow a somewhat overgrown trail up the near side to the falls and a possible crossing to the lean-to.
Trailhead: From the intersection of state Route 73 and 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue to Adirondack Loj Road on the right, and follow it to the hiker parking area. Note that there is a fee to park here.
The Loj parking area often fills early on nice days. The nearest place to park in this scenario is about a mile down Adirondack Lodge Road.
Elevation: 2,100 feet
Distance: 2.1 miles to the falls
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Some photos courtesy of Jon Binder. Read his blog post about this hike!
From the parking lot, walk back to the booth and cross the road, where there is access to the trails for Indian Pass and Mount Jo. You will start out moderately along a rocky and well-used trail and pass by the trails to Mount Jo.
Continuing on toward Indian Pass, you will hike along rolling hills and come to the spur trail for Rocky Falls on the right. It is a short distance down to the falls. There is a loop to and from the falls which you can use to climb back up to the Indian Pass Trail. There is roughly a quarter mile between the two access points to the falls. Both are marked.
From the intersection of state Route 73 and 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue to Adirondack Loj Road on the right, and follow it to the hiker parking area.
Round Trip Distance
Average Round-trip Time
Family with kids: 3.5 to 4 hours
Experienced snowshoer: 2.5 to 3 hours
Inexperienced snowshoer: 3 to 3.5 hours