Whiteface Landing

Hiking

It's a 2.5 mile hike one way to Whiteface Landing. The trail starts at the left side of the trailhead parking area and soon climbs moderately away from the pond and the private camps on the pond before descending to the shore of the pond at 0.4 miles from the parking area.  

The trail is now flat along the shore before swinging left to a yellow gate that marks the start of state land. The road from here becomes much more gravel strewn and adds on a bit of elevation. The footing is a bit tough in spots due to the rocky terrain, but it's a rather quick hike back to Whiteface Landing.

Plan on spending 4 hours or more completing this hike.

Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86, follow Route 86 toward Wilmington. Continue for 3.0 miles to the Whiteface Trailhead on the left. During the summer months and into the fall you can drive the Connery Pond Road back to the trailhead. If the gate is closed it will require you to park just up the road on Route 86 at one of two parking lots near the river.

Elevation: 1,860 feet 

Ascent: 195 feet

Trail Running

Whiteface Landing is an idyllic spot along the route to the summit of Whiteface Mountain. It's located at the northeast corner of Lake Placid lake and is an excellent running destination. Jump in the lake to cool off and enjoy the view!

Trailhead Directions: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward Wilmington. Continue for 3 miles to the Whiteface Mountain trailhead on the left. During the summer and into the fall you can drive the Connery Pond Road back to the trailhead. If the gate is closed it will require you to park just up the road on Route 86 at one of two parking lots near the river.

Trail Description: The trail starts at the left side of the trailhead parking area and soon climbs moderately away from the pond and the private camps on the pond before descending to the shore of the pond at 0.4 miles from the parking area.  

The trail is now flat along the shore before swinging left to a yellow gate that marks the start of state land. The road from here becomes much more gravel strewn and adds on a bit of elevation.

There is a four-way intersection near the landing where you will have to take a left and continue 0.1 miles to the lake. A dock is located at this point making for an excellent resting area.

Trail Conditions: This trail is mainly dry with only a couple of small wet areas. Some areas with loose rocks need to be avoided, but all-in-all it's a perfect trail for the intermediate runner or the beginner who wants to push themselves a bit.

Trail Format: Out and back

Trail Distance: 2.5 miles to the landing

Runner Recommendations: Intermediate

Approximate Time: Based on runner recommendation, plan on 3 hours round trip

Swimming and Camping

Walk through forest and rolling terrain to Whiteface Landing where you can sun, swim, or camp at Whiteface Brook lean-to.

Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Whiteface Landing is located at the northeast end of Lake Placid lake. It's a popular cross-country ski for locals and visitors.

From the parking lot, go back 50 yards to a small sign marking a short connector trail that brings you to Connery Pond Road. Once on Connery Pond Road, take a right and ski this wide, easy road to the summer trailhead.

At the summer trailhead near Connery Pond, the route now goes left and up to avoid the private camps on the shore of the pond. The descent back to the pond is a bit more challenging than any other section of this ski, but it's still doable by even low- to intermediate-level skiers.  

At 0.4 miles from the summer trailhead you will be back to the level of the pond. The route is now flat near the north shore of the pond before swinging left to the gate that marks the entrance onto state land. You will then climb in gradual stages to the high point at 2 miles from the highway. After some flat skiing the trail descends gently to a four-way intersection near the landing, where you will have to take a left and continue 0.1 mile to the lake. A dock is located at this point making for an excellent resting area. The ride out is much nicer and a couple of steeper and longer hills make for a fast trip back out to the trailhead.

It can take more than 5 hours to complete this trail.

Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:

200 foot gain to the lake.

Distance Round Trip:

7.2 miles

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Route 86 and Route 73 in Lake Placid follow Route 86 toward Wilmington. Continue for 3.1 miles to the winter parking area for Connery Pond and Whiteface Mountain on the left. This is just prior to Riverside Drive which comes in on the right.  

Additional Important Information:

Skiing over a frozen body of water is a dangerous activity and should only be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice. 

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