Rocky Falls

  • Heart Lake, Lake Placid
  • info@lakeplacid.com

Hike Features

Waterfall

This is a gentle walk to a lovely, miniature waterfall. This hike's charm is the easy route and the lovely setting.

Getting there

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. Be sure to pay the parking fee at the booth, even if no one is there.

Key statistics

  • Elevation gain: 400 feet
  • Elevation: 2,100 feet
  • Distance: 4.6 miles round trip

Hiking

From the parking lot at the High Peaks Information Center at the end of Adirondack Loj Road, return to the entrance station and find the trail at the far corner of the snowplow turnaround. 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 Adirondack 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.

Snowshoeing

This is a great option to get out and snowshoe! Be cautious near the waterfall, especially in winter, as things can be slippery with ice.