The Top 5 Ways to Climb a Waterfall in the Adirondacks

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Lake Placid, Adirondacks USA
- Whether you're looking for a challenging multi-pitched climb up an ice wall, a skin-assisted ski up a High Peak or a two-hour recreational lesson, the Adirondacks offer ice climbing options for experts, beginners, and everyone in between.

When the temperatures fall in the Adirondacks, the adventurous go UP!

Residents and visitors have been playing in the snow in Lake Placid for over 100 years. And, one of the best and most popular ways to experience the Adirondack wilderness in winter is on snowshoes or skis. Try these favorite suggestions for climbing, kicking and gliding!

For those who want to take it to a degree more vertical, there's ICE CLIMBING! With the use of technical gear such as ice axes, crampons, ropes and ice screws, the rock cliffs, slides and waterfalls of summer become a climber's challenge in winter. And the Adirondacks offer a wealth of route options, with varying levels of difficulty and accessibility.

Here are the TOP 5 places to climb a waterfall in the Adirondacks:

  • Cascade Pass - Lake Placid - This favorite forms early in the season and remains late.
  • Poke-O-Moonshine - Keeseville - Up to six waterfalls, and some of the most challenging climbing in the Adirondacks.
  • Chapel Pond - Keene - Low angled slab, Moderate in the gully and challenging climbs in the canyon.
  • Multiplication Gully - Wilmington - A hidden gem, and one of the most popular in the Northeast.
  • Pharaoh Mountain - Schroon Lake - 3-pitch, south-facing climb with great views from the top.

Of course, extreme outdoor adventures have inherent risks, so make sure to take additional safety precautions including assessing weather conditions, mapping, and packing enough food and liquids. Should you need additional assistance, local Licensed Adirondack Guides will help you navigate, gear up and enjoy all the Adirondack winter outdoors has to offer!

Lake Placid lodging properties range from small B&B's to full-service resorts. Visitors are invited to check out the available PACKAGES or BOOK NOW!

For more information about Adirondack outdoor winter recreation and to plan a trip, visit lakeplacid.com, or contact the Lake Placid CVB at 518.523.2445.

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