Whiteface Landing is a perfect outing for those looking for a peaceful walk, ski, or snowshoe to Lake Placid's shore!
How to get there
From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward Wilmington to a large parking lot near the Ausable River, near the intersection of River Road. From here, you can access Connery Pond and Whiteface Landing. Just up the road from the parking lot, there is a dirt road that leads back to the trailhead for Whiteface Landing. There are few spots, so parking on Route 86 might be the best option. The trailhead is less than one-mile down the dirt road. In winter you will need to park at the large lot along the road.
By the numbers
- Distance: 3.7 miles, one way, starting from the bridge on Route 86
- Elevation gain: 200 feet
From the Route 86, it's a gentle walk down a gravel road. Before long, you'll pass by a side trail to Connery Pond. The trail to Whiteface Landing officially starts at the left side of the register 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.
This trail is mainly dry with only a couple of small wet areas.
This also makes for a great trail run. 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.
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
This is a popular cross-country ski for locals and visitors. Rockier terrain makes this a more enjoyable ski or trek later in the season when there is more snow. The parking at the bridge will be plowed and there is a clearly marked ski trail connecting to the gravel road mentioned above.
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.